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MARLBOROUGH HOUSE, 30 VICTORIA STREET, BELFAST, BT1 3GG, NORTHERN IRELAND
Tel:
Work 028 9055 3300
Fax:
Fax 028 9055 0096
DX:
433 NR BELFAST 1
Web:
www.tughans.com
Tughans, Maria O’Loan, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND

Maria O’Loan

Tel:
Work +44 (0) 28 9055 3300
Email:
Tughans

Work Department

Environment and Planning

Position

Maria is a partner in the environment and planning department of Tughans. Maria specialises in planning and environmental law, public law and energy and regulatory matters. Maria is experienced in advising throughout the planning application and EIA process and representation at appeals or inquiries. She also advises on applications for all the necessary environmental and regulatory consents, particularly in the waste and energy sectors. Maria regularly advises public bodies on their evolving powers and duties, providing advice which enables public bodies to protect the public interest and their officers by ensuring decisions are based on sound principles. Where necessary, she effectively defends challenges. She has particular expertise in privacy law including Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations. Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession states: “She has a wealth of expertise across energy and retail matters, and is “very good at communicating to us where the case is and what we need to do,” say interviewees. Sources highlight her skill in complex judicial reviews and praise her “great professionalism, and her variety of important skill sets in different disciplines.”

Career

Partner, Tughans Solicitors, March 2015 – Present;Director, Planning, Environment and Public Law, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, 2005 – 2014;Assistant Solicitor, Berwin Leighton Paisner, 2002 – 2005

Education

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, LPC, Law, 2001 – 2002;Queen's University Belfast LLB, Law, 2:1, 1995 – 2001;University of St. Thomas, American Business Practice, 1999 – 2000

Leisure

Maria is a keen cyclist, cycling to work and taking part in Sportives. She also enjoys hill walking and climbing. She has recently taken to triathlon having completed her first Iron Man in July 2015 - 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles cycle and a 26.2 mile run. 2016 looks to be just as busy with Carlingford Half Marathon, Larne Half Marathon, Connemara Marathon, Belfast Marathon Relay, Roe Valley Triathlon, Athy Double Olympic Triathlon and Challenge Galway Half Ironman. Maria's big goal for 2016 is Ironman Sweden in August to raise funds for Action Cancer.

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