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70 SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
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Work +353 1 232 2000
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Maria Kennedy

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Work +353 1 232 2778
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Matheson

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Partner in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department

Position

Maria Kennedy is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. She is a senior member of the Environmental, Planning and Safety Group.

Maria frequently advises and represents clients involved in commercial, contract, competition, administrative law, construction and real estate disputes, including in arbitration, expert determination and mediation.

Maria represents clients in judicial review and in procurement challenges, in proceedings involving a number of public bodies, such as the Commission for Communications Regulation and An Bord Pleanála.  Maria also represents clients in dawn raids, regulatory investigations and prosecutions including by the Health and Safety Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency and local authorities.

Maria has specialist expertise in environmental, planning and safety law and advises on environmental permitting, liability for contaminated land and waste.  She advises on major development projects such as data centres, wind farms and waste-to-energy plants including a number of strategic infrastructure developments.  Maria advises at all stages of the planning process with the aim of securing planning permission and reducing the risk of successful judicial reviews.  Her role includes advising on EIA/AA requirements at pre-planning stage and representing developers at oral hearings.

Maria leads the advice on planning and environmental risks in M&A and other transactions, including project financing, and the effective avoidance and mitigation of those risks.

Education

Bachelor of Civil Law Degree, University College Cork
LLM (Commercial Law), University College Dublin
Admitted to Law Society of Ireland
Admitted to Law Society of England and Wales
Environmental and Planning Law Diploma, Law Society of Ireland


Ireland

Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

Matheson ‘offers excellent advice and insight into the legal aspects of foreshore planning and environmental assessment in both the Irish and EU context’. Practice head Nicola Dunleavy embodies ‘calmness and understanding’ and her ‘knowledge is excellent’; she handled numerous judicial review proceedings relating to planning permissions, including successfully defending a develper in planning permission proceedings relating to Knocknamona wind farm. In addition to acting for major clients in the technology sector in relation to data centres, the team also advised on the environmental and planning due diligence aspects of several high-profile transactions. Other key team member Maria Kennedy made partner.

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