Peter Guzhar - Partner

Peter Guzhar

Key Practice Areas

Cyber Security, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Peter is a partner in the Commercial Litigation team at Carson McDowell and heads up the firm’s contentious IP practice. Peter qualified as a solicitor in 2006, became an associate solicitor in 2012 and was made partner in 2017.

Peter has particular expertise in intellectual property dispute matters, advising parties on both sides in trademark, patent, copyright and design right infringement cases. His expertise extends to a number of sectors including the technology, agri-machinery and materials handling industries, as well as the food and drink and the petroleum sectors.

Peter is also active within the firm’s commercial litigation and dispute resolution team practising in contentious commercial, corporate and partnership matters. Peter has extensive experience advising on and litigating in complex contractual breach disputes relating to supply and manufacturing defect issues and disputes regarding non-performance of contractual obligations in the services and manufacturing sectors.

Notable transactions include:

  • Advising and securing an emergency court order for a global manufacturer of materials handling equipment regarding misappropriation of its confidential information and design right infringement.
  • Advised and acted for a major supplier of air cargo services to the airline industry against a competitor who had interfered with our client’s economic interests and achieving a significant pre-trial settlement.
  • Representing a minority shareholder in an unfair prejudice action against majority shareholders in a construction company obtaining a large settlement for the minority shareholder.
  • Advised a global car engine manufacturer in a highly contentious supply chain dispute involving its sub-contractor and the customer car manufacturer and assisted in securing a comprehensive resolution.

Peter graduated in 2002 with a LLB honours degree in Law from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Peter is ranked "Up and Coming" by the Chambers UK guide 2021. A client describes him as "good at managing their expectations and timescales," adding that he is "also very commercial in his approach to litigation." Another source added: "He is extremely good with clients and is very commercial in his approach to litigation."

The Legal 500 2021 guide describes Peter as a notable name for disputes, particularly in relation to patent infringements. Peter is also recognised as a "Next Generation Partner" and for his expertise in software patent and copyright disputes.