Carson McDowell has unrivalled experience in the technology sector, acting for clients both locally and globally. The technology team is an integral part of the firms corporate and commercial practice and has developed close working relationships with tech sector organisations such as NISP and Momentum. The team advises across all aspects of technology related matters from licensing, intellectual property and e-commerce through to the full range of corporate, equity fundraising and M&A transactions. The team's experience in this sector makes us a market leader and our in-depth knowledge of the sector ensures we are familiar with the challenges and dynamic global nature of the fast paced environment in which this sector operates.

What We Do

  • Advising on patent and knowhow licences and assignments
  • Advising on software development agreements
  • Advising on the transfer of ownership of intellectual property of all kinds
  • Advice on the non tax aspects of the Patent Box
  • Advice on distance selling, e-money, terms of business and domain name issues
  • Data protection advice
  • Advice on non-disclosure agreements
  • Advice on licence agreements, distributor agreements, re-seller agreements and general commercial activities
  • Equity and debt funding
  • Exit transactions
  • Share option schemes and employee incentive and reward schemes
  • Instigating and defending High Court proceedings for the protection of intellectual property of all kinds

Tech Sector Tool Kits

We have produced a number of 'Tool Kit' articles to explain some of the important issues for any company operating in the technology sector:

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2020

What the team is known for

Prestigious full-service IT firm covering all areas of technology law. Offers comprehensive support for contentious and commercial matters. Expert in cross-jurisdictional work, including direct foreign investment for large companies investing in Irish technology.


A client says: "They are very responsive to our needs."

Another describes this as "a great firm - they offer a very attentive, seamless service."

Work highlights

Represented Belfast International Airport in relation to the procurement of aviation security services.

Notable practitioners

Dawn McKnight advises customers and suppliers of IT services on all manner of commercial transactions, and is particularly noted for her corporate and investment work in the tech sector start-up environment in Northern Ireland. A client says: "She is very strong on commercial contract negotiations."

The Legal 500 2020

What the team is known for

Carson McDowell advises on contentious and non-contentious IT matters, including the negotiation of software licensing agreements and ICT managed services contracts, the development of bespoke software solutions, and the implications of GDPR. The team's clients include foreign companies with IT support operations in the region, large IT operators and local IT sector start-ups, and it also has a growing cyber security client base.

Notable practitioners

The highly regarded Dawn McKnight co-leads the team with joint corporate head Neasa Quigley.

Work highlights

Assisting Atto by modifying its current contracts, advising on its obligations under GDPR regulations, and advising on the appropriate form of a hosting agreement to manage risk.

Advising ISDM Solutions on global agreements, such as a services agreement with Intercept Pharma Europe for the provision of audio/visual solutions.

Advising Belfast International Airport in relation to the procurement of aviation security services, which involved securing the continued right to use existing software incorporated into the technology at the airport.

Advising Ulster University on all tech-related matters and on the technology spin-outs of Innovation Ulster Limited, as well as IT-related supply arrangements.

Advising Modern Democracy Limited, a company which specialises in the development of polling software, on drafting a software licence agreement to use with various government bodies.

Significant clients

Atto Partners, ISDM Solutions Limited, Ansec IA, Xilinx Inc, Modern Democracy Limited, Raptor Photonics, AirPOS, Nihon Cyber,, Acidy Ltd.