Ms Finola McCarthy > RDJ LLP > Cork, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

PPP/Construction, Property and Real Estate, Administrative Law, Environmental law


Finola Heads RDJ’s procurement and construction teams. She has vast experience in all types of development, construction and engineering projects both public and private sector from initial procurement through to dispute resolution. Finola is experienced in all principal forms of contract used in design build, EPC, construction, infrastructure and energy projects such as FIDIC, RIAI, IEI, government public works and several bespoke forms.

Finola has extensive experience in advising local authorities and other public bodies on all aspects of public procurement and administrative law issues. Her practice includes environmental law and related project issues including health and safety and planning. She is Member of the Irish Environmental Law Association; Procurement Lawyers Association; Irish Society of European Law and Adjudication Society. She lectures widely at conferences and training workshops and is frequently published in construction industry publications.

Recognised as a leading environment lawyer in Ireland – Who’s Who Legal


Law Society of Ireland, Adjudication Society, Irish Society of European Law,.


BCL (University College Cork);
Dip Petroleum and Mineral Law (University of Dundee);
Dip European Law (University College Dublin).

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Planning and environment

RDJ LLP’s planning and environment team handles matters ranging from planning applications to defending clients against prosecutions for breaches of environmental law. The practice advises clients from the pharmaceutical, agricultural and real estate sectors. Finola McCarthy leads the team and handles both environmental and planning issues, and head of commercial litigation Ronan Geary is also noted for his work in disputes in this space.

Ireland > Public sector

The public sector team at RDJ LLP is particularly focused on advising local authorities and universities on project development, assisting clients with financing, land acquisition, procurement, contract drafting and disputes with contractors. The practice also frequently acts for the State Claims Agency, and is especially involved in medical negligence claims. Imelda Tierney leads on much of this work, while Finola McCarthy is an expert in public procurement and construction. Diarmaid Gavin has close relationships with several leading Irish universities and regularly provides advice on research collaboration agreements.

Ireland > Construction

RDJ LLP assists with construction projects across a range of sectors, including education, residential property, healthcare and industry. The practice advises property developers, corporations and public bodies on the drafting of project documentation; it is also instructed on disputes, where it acts for developers, contractors and underwriters in court proceedings and arbitration. Practice head Finola McCarthy has recently been instructed on complex projects including energy developments. Donal Twomey is noted for his strength in litigation, including representing contractors facing prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive. Alison Bearpark is another key figure in the practice, with a varied practice across contentious and non-contentious matters.

Ireland > EU and competition

RDJ LLP‘s Cork-based team has an emphasis on EU, competition and procurement matters. The firm has a long track record in media merger notifications, state aid matters and dawn raid support. Diarmaid Gavin practised in Brussels and London with Allen & Overy LLP before joining the firm, and has become an established figure in dawn raids response and state aid. Finola McCarthy is an experienced procurement specialist and represents a variety of local authorities and other public sector entities.