• Finola McCarthy

    Partner

    Experience

    Finola heads RDJ’s procurement and construction team and has vast experience in all types of development, construction and engineering projects both public and private sector from initial procurement through to dispute resolution. She 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.

    Education

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

    Professional

    Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.

    Accolades

    • Chambers Europe (2021) describes Finola as having "considerable expertise in both contentious and non-contentious construction and procurement mandates." An interviewee confirms that she has "great depth of experience," with a second describing her as a "knowledgeable operator."
    • Finola is recognised for exceptional standing in the legal community in The Legal 500 for her work in the areas of Construction; Planning and Environment; and the Public Sector.
    • Recognised as a leading environment lawyer in Ireland - Who's Who Legal.
    • Clients note "what I like most about Finola is her ability to translate complex contract clauses into layman's language which enables us to make an informed decision," says one client, while another praises her "excellent technical knowledge and commercial awareness."; "responsive, knowledgeable and provides clear advice."
    • ‘Finola McCarthy is cool, confident and disarmingly effective. She is very strong on procurement law matters and has a quite non-ruffled approach to construction dispute resolution. She plays the long game.’ - The Legal 500
    • ‘a true professional who is very well versed in construction and procurement law’ has ‘a personality which enables her to deal comfortably with even the most confrontational of situations’ - The Legal 500

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