Mr Alex McLean > Arthur Cox > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Arthur Cox
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Work Department

Energy, Renewables & Natural Resources


Alex is Head of the Energy, Renewables & Natural Resources Group and a member of the Arthur Cox Sustainable Business Committee, with particular responsibility for the firm’s Pro Bono practice.


Alex has a broad based infrastructure and utilities practice, with particular expertise in renewables, energy and natural resources law. Alex has almost twenty five years energy regulatory, transactional and major projects experience in Ireland and Australia and has been centrally involved in the liberalisation of the energy markets in both jurisdictions. He has extensive experience acting for government, regulators, financiers, market participants and customers, both on the island of Ireland and internationally, and combines broad industry expertise with a strong background in energy regulation and reform.


Member of the Executive Committee of the Energy Law Group, an association of leading independent energy law firms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Non-resident Fellow of the Payne Institute, an energy and environmental institute at the Colorado School of Mines.


BComm, LLB, 1993, University of NSW. Admitted in New South Wales (1995) (non-practising); New Zealand (2002) (non-practising); Ireland (2003) and Northern Ireland (2004).

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Projects and PPP

(Leading individuals)

Alex McLeanArthur Cox

Arthur Cox has broad capabilities across the projects space and counts banks, corporations, public bodies, developers and contractors among its clients. The team is frequently instructed by the preferred bidders in PPP projects, and has recently been engaged on developments in the fast-growing sectors of social housing and data centres. The practice is also noted for its advice on energy projects, including renewables and interconnectors, with Alex McLean leading on this work. Practice head Aaron Boyle is currently engaged on major telecoms and PPP developments, and Karen Killoran handles both financing and construction matters. Niamh McGovern, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is also noted.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources

(Hall of Fame)

Alex McLeanArthur Cox

Arthur Cox is noted in the Irish energy sector for the variety of matters that it is involved in, including advising on projects in the renewable and conventional energy sectors, as well as on battery storage and transmission developments. The team provides comprehensive advice to clients on the financing, procurement and construction of projects, and is also active in M&A transactions involving energy assets and companies. Practice head Alex McLean has deep experience in the energy sector across a range of jurisdictions; in addition to advising on Irish projects, he also acts for Ireland-based clients in international developments. Matt Dunn leads the team’s project finance work; the energy practice is also supported by environmental and planning specialist Danielle Conaghan and construction partner Karen Killoran. Niamh McGovern was promoted to partner in January 2021 and is noted for her work on construction and projects contracts.

Ireland > Public sector

Arthur Cox’s broad public sector practice covers the full range of matters in this space, both contentious and non-contentious. The team particularly stands out for its advice on the establishment of state-sponsored bodies, with Maura McLaughlin leading on this work; her recent activity in this space has included advising on the establishment of organisations in response to the pandemic, as well as providing ongoing advice to these bodies. The practice also assists a number of regulatory bodies with their operations, including representing these clients in judicial review proceedings. Practice head Joanelle O’Cleirigh specialises in contentious matters, such as investigations and judicial reviews; elsewhere, Alex McLean and Aaron Boyle advise on the procurement of infrastructure projects, with McLean focused on the energy sector. Senior associate Kate O’Donohoe advises regulators on corporate governance as well as disciplinary proceedings.