Our dedicated Energy and Projects team have extensive local and international experience on all aspects of infrastructure, construction and engineering projects. We understand the complexities of the sector and can provide specialist advice to a broad range of clients in relation to all aspects of construction and engineering projects, spanning contentious and non-contentious work.
The team has a proven track record in managing disputes on behalf of clients and take a proactive approach in the management of disputes. We have successfully represented clients in all forums of dispute resolution advising on complex legal issues and have successfully represented a broad range of interests, including employers, contractors, banks, sub-contractors, local authorities and construction professionals.
Having acted for the entire range of stakeholders in construction and engineering projects, the team can provide comprehensive commercial and solution-driven advice from project inception through to completion, paying particular attention to risk analysis and the early identification of issues that are relevant to clients.
We deliver advice to contracting authorities, sponsors, funders, sub-contractors and design teams on all aspects of delivering infrastructure, construction and engineering projects in Ireland.
- Project Procurement
- Contract Advice
- Drafting & Negotiation
- Contract Management
- Dispute Avoidance
- Dispute Resolution
Chambers Europe 2017
"Very responsive and able to react at the pace our industry demands."
Chambers Europe 2015
'Well-regarded energy outfit with significant experience in renewable energy.'
The Legal 500, 2015
Below is a list of some of the more significant matters that the team has advised on:
- Acting for Kelda Water (owned by Yorkshire Water) in relation to a number of tenders for contracts to design, build and operate water treatment, supply and augmentation plants in Ireland.
- Provided detailed advices to the Treasury/Sisk consortium on the application of the Foreshore Acts to the proposed €200m U2 Tower PPP process, the allocation of risk under the proposed development agreement, the bankability of the lease/licence/freehold interest to be conveyed.
- Advised on the implementation in Ireland of the Habitats Directive and on challenging An Bórd Pleanála decisions.
- Advises the Dublin Port Company, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Shannon Foynes Port Company and the Environmental Protection Agency among others with respect to the planning, environmental impact assessment and foreshore licensing regimes applicable in Ireland.
- Various members of our Construction and Engineering Team have also represented the following port, shipping and offshore construction companies: J. Ray McDermott in respect of off-shore construction projects, Andros Maritime, Olympic Maritime , Port of Sheerness, Port of Tyne and Tees, Prudential / Lloyd’s insurers, V Ships and Van Oord.
- Advised a significant number of clients (including developers, semi-states, local authorities, funders and statutory bodies) in relation to the requirements and application processes to procure foreshore licences, including advices on variations to such foreshore licences. This advice has been rendered in the context of construction projects, sub-sea cabling projects, harbour developments and asset sales which have involved use of or access to the foreshore. In particular, we have advised, on the pertinent sections of the Planning and Development Acts which apply specifically to the foreshore and those which apply to the compulsory acquisition of foreshore by a local authority in partnership with others. We regularly advise with respect to the relevant provisions of the Foreshore Acts and the Harbour Acts. We have a wide-range of experience in planning matters generally, as demonstrated below.
- Advised Investec Bank plc., in relation to the Irish law aspects of the financing of a 136km subsea telecommunications cable network (CeltixConnect) from the Republic of Ireland to North Wales by Sea Fibre Networks Limited. Advice included an analysis of all required planning permissions, consents and licences required for the route. In particular we advised our client with respect to the consenting strategy for the sub-sea cabling. We also assessed the compliance by the project company with environmental legislation. The environmental advice was particularly important as critical elements of the works were being carried out on Bull Island and in Dublin Bay which are both Natura 2000 sites (that is a site protected by the European natural protection regulations). Part of our review and analysis included compliance with Habitats and Birds Directive and whether elements of the works in the vicinity were still exempted development following the implementation of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act, 2010 and whether statutory undertaking exemptions would still apply. This advice also included the examination of the foreshore licence granted for the works an analysis of the obligations and possible exposures for the financing bank with respect to the management and delivery of the sub-sea cable onshore.
- We are the sole legal advisor to the Grangegorman Development Agency, the statutory body tasked with redeveloping a 72-acre central Dublin site. This is an urban renewal project worth between €500 million and €1billion and is one of the biggest urban renewal projects in Europe. Advice has related specifically to PPP issues, planning and environmental law (including Environmental Impact Assessments).