• Finola McCarthy



    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.


    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.


    • "Incredibly experienced and really understands our business. She always delivers a first-class service to us.’ -The Legal 500 (2022)
    • "superb grasp of the legal issues in the construction area, provides us with really solid and well-thought-out advice.’ -The Legal 500 (2022)
    • "very wise and experienced construction lawyer. Very easy to deal with and very effective at what she does, combining her specialist skills with a pragmatic approach." -The Legal 500 (2022)
    • “Finola McCarthy has a very good understanding of her brief and a style which is very clear and client-focused." - Chambers Europe 2022
    • 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.

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