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The ‘service level is high’ at A&L Goodbody, where wind farm specialist Alan Roberts successfully represented Element Power in a judicial review relating to North Meath wind farm. Consultant Alison Fanagan, co-head of the practice with Roberts, is ‘a top-class lawyer in the field’.

Arthur Cox’s sizeable practice is headed by Deborah Spence and Yvonne Scannell, the latter of whom is defending the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in High Court judicial review proceedings challenging the granting of consent for the Corrib gas pipeline project. Danielle Conaghan was promoted to partner.

Matheson’s practice head Nicola Dunleavy has ‘excellent industry knowledge on infrastructure projects’, and has been advising Indaver on a planning application to build a €160m waste-to-energy facility in County Cork. Dunleavy also assists clients during regulatory investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Philip Lee’s ‘well-informed’ team includes litigator Rachel Minch, who has been active in judicial reviews for the Irish Planning Board. Practice head Alice Whittaker, who gives ‘clear and constructive advice’, successfully obtained planning consent for the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board.

William Fry is often first choice for ‘high-value, time-critical projects’. The team is advising Fingal County Council in its role as planning authority and environmental impact assessor regarding the application for an extra runway at Dublin Airport. Practice head Conor Linehan is an expert in environment law.

Boutique Barry Doyle & Co Solicitors is best known for representing clients such as the Irish Planning Board and the Environment Protection Agency in judicial review proceedings. Alan Doyle is the main contact.

Eversheds Sutherland’s Mark Varian and Angelyn Rowan have been advising Dublin Port Company on the planning and environmental aspects of its Alexandra Basin harbour redevelopment. Litigator Dermot McEvoy has been active in the judicial review space.

At Mason Hayes & Curran, construction specialists Eoin Cassidy and Shane Dolan handle planning due diligence for clients such as Irish Residential Properties. Dolan assisted Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company with its planning application for a new cruise berth.

Recent work at McCann FitzGerald includes a range of due diligence instructions such as advising Gaelectric Holdings on planning and environmental issues pertaining to 14 wind farms; the work was led by consultant Elva Carbery, who ‘quickly finds the crux of the issue’. Michelle Doyle focuses on contentious matters and is recommended for planning advice on major road projects.

ByrneWallace’s expertise includes due diligence on M&A transactions, environmental projects and planning advice to residential developers. Michael Walsh heads the team.

Margaret Austin is the key figure at Eugene F. Collins, whose caseload includes acting for objectors to planning applications and advising on the purchase of contaminated sites.

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s team has been representing a client in a judicial review against the granting of planning permission for a major public sector redevelopment. Finola McCarthy and litigator Ronan Geary are the names to note.

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