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Industry knowledge is excellent’ at A&L Goodbody, where the team advises on planning and environmental issues arising from development, and energy and infrastructure mandates. Consultant Alison Fanagan successfully represented Indego in judicial review proceedings against the grant of planning for the Square retail development in South Dublin, and wind farm specialist Alan Roberts acted for Oweninny Power in securing strategic infrastructure development planning permission for a 172MW wind farm.

Arthur Cox provides ‘a prompt and well-focused service’ across a range of sectors including energy, water, and food and drink. Consultant Yvonne Scannell, who has ‘a wealth of Irish and international experience in environmental law’, and Danielle Conaghan are acting for Irish Water and Nicholas O’Dwyer in a planning application for the Vartry water treatment upgrade project. Practice head Deborah Spence represented developers in various judicial reviews relating to wind farm projects.

Matheson has particular expertise in strategic infrastructure and in complex planning disputes. In one highlight, well-regarded practice head Nicola Dunleavy is representing Ecopower Developments in a judicial review challenging the decision to grant planning permission for the Knocknamona wind farm. The team was highly active for technology clients on planning applications and environmental regulations arising from data centres. Newly promoted partner Maria Kennedy is the other name to note.

Industry leaderPhilip Lee is highly active for the firm’s strong public sector client base, including the ‘exceptionalRachel Minch and Alice Whittaker handling over 50 judicial reviews for the Irish Planning Board. The team also advises the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information on the release of information. Whittaker’s ‘excellent knowledge of EU planning law’ was in evidence for Saorgus Energy, which she assisted with the consenting processes for the Dublin Array offshore wind farm.

At William Fry, Conor Linehan’s broad practice covers areas such as planning, environmental impact assessment, the legal aspects of waste management, and contaminated land issues. Highlights included advising Eirgrid on all consenting processes for the development of the Ireland-France interconnector, and assisting Facebook Ireland with the planning and environmental permitting for the construction of a data centre.

Barry Doyle & Co Solicitors is well known in the public sector space, where name partner Barry Doyle and Alan Doyle regularly defend judicial reviews brought against the Irish Planning Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Eversheds Sutherland is a key name for contentious planning and environmental matters; newly promoted partner Stephen Barry is representing Raragh Developments in judicial review proceedings relating to the grant of planning for the proposed grid connection development and a proposed sub-station in County Cavan.

Mason Hayes & Curran’s team was enhanced by the arrival of senior planning lawyer Deirdre Nagle, who joined from Eirgrid. Nagle and Eoin Cassidy represented Eirgrid in numerous judicial reviews arising out of the decision to grant planning permission for the North-South Interconnector. Rory Kirrane heads the practice.

At McCann FitzGerald, practice head Elva Carbery and Michelle Doyle handle infrastructure mandates; in one example they are acting for Galway County Council on the planning and environmental aspects of the delivery of the N6 Galway City Ring Road. The team also performed due diligence on energy sector projects.

At ByrneWallace, litigator Valerie Hourigan is handling a range of contentious matters, including advising on contamination following an oil spill and defending a client in a case involving an alleged unauthorised development. Michael Walsh heads the practice.

Eugene F. Collins advises individuals and corporates on the planning and pre-planning process for commercial, residential and strategic development. Practice head Margaret Austin handled planning appeals and also defended clients in a number of environmental pollution claims.

Ronan Daly Jermyn advises semi-state bodies, developers and universities. Well-regarded practice head Finola McCarthy and litigator Ronan Geary (both based in Cork) acted for Bon Secours Group on a judicial review concerning a largescale redevelopment at a campus in Cork.

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