Planning and Environmental

The McDowell Purcell Planning and Environmental Department is led by Alison Hardiman, Associate.

Alison is a former practising barrister with expertise in this field which she honed while working for five years as an in house planning lawyer in the Railway Procurement Agency (now Transport Infrastructure Ireland) and subsequently, through completing an M.Litt. in Trinity College Dublin on The Law of Strategic Infrastructure Development in Ireland. She is widely published in relation to planning and environmental law and experienced 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.

Alison works closely with our Property and Renewable Energy Teams to provide a comprehensive service for our clients. McDowell Purcell’s expertise extends from the provision of strategic advice at the earliest stages of a project through to litigation before the courts and includes, for instance:

  • Provision of strategic advice regarding Environmental Impact Assessment best practise from the earliest stages of a proposed development;
  • 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 and liaison with planning authorities / An Bord Pleanála;
  • Comprehensive advice throughout the planning lifecycle of Strategic Infrastructure Development projects;
  • 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 planning and environmental legal advice ensures a fully integrated service from legal specialists across our full service firm that guarantees the highest standards of client service.

Areas of practice

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Appropriate Assessment
  • Planning Law
  • Strategic Infrastructure Development
  • Pre planning advice (including records of route selection, consideration of alternatives and record keeping)
  • Planning Enforcement
  • Litigation including section 160 injunctions and judicial reviews.