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Finola McCarthy

Partner, Cork Office

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, Irish Society of European Law and Health and Safety Lawyers Association of Ireland. She lectures at the Law Society’s Diploma in Construction Law.

Finola has been widely recognised for her work in planning, environmental and construction law in Chambers Europe and The Legal 500.


University College Cork (BCL)
University of Dundee (Diploma in Petroleum and Mineral Law)
University College Dublin (Diploma in European Law)


Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.


Finola has been recommended as an Environment Lawyer by Who's Who Legal.

Finola is a go-to construction lawyer – she is simply outstanding. When she is working on construction contracts clients know they are in safe hands. Finola and her team have unparalleled experience – there is nothing she hasn’t seen.
– The Legal 500 (2024)
Finola McCarthy is not only extremely knowledgeable but also provides pragmatic and thoughtful advice.
– Chambers Europe (2024)
Finola McCarthy stands out for her ability, availability, commitment, knowledge – there are not enough superlatives to describe Finola. She is an outstanding construction lawyer.
– The Legal 500 (2024)
Finola McCarthy is a star adviser – deeply knowledgeable, acute, practical, understated and good-humoured.
– The Legal 500 (2024)