Our Planning & Environmental department provide clients with robust and practical advice throughout the entire planning process.

Environmental & Planning

Our Environmental & Planning Team is widely experienced in providing advice to public authorities, individuals and companies on all aspects of planning and environmental, administrative and European law.

Our team has defended judicial review claims for over 20 years on behalf of public bodies in relation to planning decisions, development plans, and emissions licences, including at Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union level.

We provide practical and strategic advice to clients on the performance of their statutory functions, including licensing and enforcement functions, freedom of information and planning decision-making functions.

We have successfully enforced environmental and planning laws from the District Court through to the Supreme Court, including prosecutions under environmental, planning and water legislation and injunctions under the Waste Management Act and Environmental Protection Agency Act.

We also advise private clients in relation to all stages of the planning process, from the project conception stage through to oral hearings, the appropriate implementation of planning permissions and management of any litigation arising, including judicial review.

Members of the Team work closely with our Commercial Property Department and our Renewable Energy Team to provide a comprehensive service for our clients. Our expertise extends from the provision of strategic advice at the earliest stages of a project through to litigation before the courts including:

  • Legal input regarding the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements, Strategic Environmental Assessments, Appropriate Assessment and associated requirements;
  • Advice regarding the effective compilation of planning applications for complex developments, including Strategic Infrastructure Development, and liaison with planning authorities / An Bord Pleanála;
  • Advice regarding the preparations for and management of oral hearings;
  • Planning Enforcement (defence of section 160 injunctions and enforcement notices);
  • Compulsory acquisition.

McDowell Purcell’s approach to the provision of environmental and planning legal advice ensures a fully integrated service from legal specialists across our full service firm that guarantees the highest standards of client service.

  • Environmental Law
  • Planning Law
  • Environmental and planning enforcement
  • Judicial Review
  • Administrative Law
  • European Law
  • Freedom of Information and Access to Information on the Environment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA)

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