Media and Defamation

Carson McDowell has one of Northern Ireland’s strongest media law teams. We provide both contentious and non-contentious advice on all aspects of media law and a comprehensive service for media organisations in regulation, content advice, and litigation. The team provides media law advice from the outset of planned source investigations through to the pre-broadcast or print copy and broadcast stage.

Our defendant-focused media litigation team handles a wide range of developing issues for our clients including online disputes as well as commercial and competition litigation affecting media companies. We provide regulatory advice in relation to Ofcom, ATVOD, and the PCC. Carson McDowell act for the biggest selling tabloid newspaper in Ireland, as well as book publishers, broadcasters, football associations, churches, and online publishers.

What we do

  • Broadcasting
  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • Reputation management
  • Contempt of court
  • Anonymity orders
  • Reporting restrictions
  • PACE
  • Production orders
  • Interim and final injunctions
  • Data protection
  • Freedom of information
  • Intellectual property
  • New media / internet law
  • Publishing and pre-publication advice

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2019

What the team is known for

Assists publishers, broadcasters and social media platforms on commercial agreements, IP protection and regulatory issues. Also recommended for advice on pre-publication and reporting restrictions.


A client says: "We find their expertise in the field and their positioning within the local marketplace extremely helpful."

Work highlights

Advised Bauer Media Group on a range of regulatory, licensing and advertising issues in relation to online and radio content.

Notable practitioners

Olivia O'Kane advises on IP, pre-publication and media regulation. A client says: "She is always contactable, she's a listener and she explains things in terms we as a media company will understand."