Environmental and Planning

We empower investors and developers to bring major development, construction and engineering projects to market by resolving complex planning and environmental issues quickly and efficiently.

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Practice Environmental and Planning resized

From initial planning through to dispute resolution, we have the right balance of strengths to get the result that protects and adds long-term value to your projects.

Finola McCarthy, who leads our Environmental and Planning group, is a member of the Irish Environmental Law Association; Procurement Lawyers Association; Irish Society of European Law and Adjudication Society. She also lectures widely at conferences and training workshops and is frequently published in construction industry publications.

Our services include advice on:

  • Planning application & appeal legal issues
  • Challenges to planning authority decisions by way of Judicial Review
  • Advocating at Planning Oral Hearings
  • Issues relating to Compulsory purchase orders (“CPOs”) including attendance at CPO Oral hearings
  • Obligations pursuant to Strategic Infrastructure legislation
  • S.160 planning injunctions
  • Issues relating to exempted development
  • S.5 referrals & related issues
  • Section 47 agreements
  • Defence of planning prosecutions taken by local authorities
  • Planning compliance issues
  • Building energy performance
  • Compliance regulations
  • Contaminated land issues
  • Defence of prosecutions
  • Defending enforcement proceedings
  • Due diligence and environmental warranties
  • Interpretation of EU and Irish legislation and environmental strategies
  • IPC and IED licence procedures
  • Licencing and permissions
  • Waste packaging and distribution obligations
  • Waste management
  • Private infrastructure development

Key Contacts

RDJ’s planning and environment practice brings a great depth of expertise and experience and sound judgement to give clear, practical advice. The practice is also a pleasure to work with.
– The Legal 500 (2024)
Finola McCarthy is not only extremely knowledgeable but also provides pragmatic and thoughtful advice.
– Chambers Europe (2024)
Finola McCarthy is a star adviser – deeply knowledgeable, acute, practical, understated and good-humoured.
– The Legal 500 (2024)