The speakers and presentations (please see speaker and chairperson profiles below) will consider the proposed Planning and Development (Amendment) Regulations 2016, focusing on the legislative landscape and the O’Grianna v An Bord Pleanála ruling last year, to explore what the energy industry might expect as a result, including
• Where has O’Grianna come from? EU Directive background, what is done in other countries
• An overview of O’Grianna
• Where are we going? The current draft Statutory Instrument - what can we expect?
The seminar will be chaired by Kieran Cummins, Planning & Environmental consultant and solicitor, and is kindly sponsored by the Eugene F Collins, Law Firm.
The details for the seminar are as follows:
Date: Tuesday 22 March 2016
Venue: Eugene F. Collins Law Firm, 3 Burlington Road, Dublin 4 (http://www.efc.ie/contact)
Registration: from 7:30am with light breakfast
Time: (08:00-9:30am): 8am sharp followed by Q&A, close of seminar by 9.30am
Cost: Thanks to the kind sponsorship of the Eugene F Collins, Law Firm, this event is free of charge
Speaker and Chairperson Profiles:
Margaret Austin: Margaret is a partner in the Property & Construction Department of Eugene F Collins Law Firm and head of the Firm's Planning & Environment Group. Margaret advises on Construction, Planning and Environmental law matters arising on construction projects promoted by public and private developers. Margaret advises contractors, developers, funders and professional teams at all stages of a construction project and on dispute management and resolution. She advises on planning and environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions including those involving energy infrastructure. Margaret advises on all aspects of planning and environmental compliance, licensing and permitting of activities and facilities as well as civil and criminal liability and judicial review of regulatory decisions.
Tina Raleigh: Tina is a Director at Fehily Timoney and Company and oversees the FT Energy team. She is a Chartered Engineer and holds a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCC. Tina joined FT in 2006 and has been at the forefront of the energy sector for a number of years. Her key area of expertise is in the design, environmental assessment, statutory consent and expert witness testimony of large scale energy projects with a particular focus on wind and solar energy.
Kieran Cummins: Kieran is a Planning & Environmental Consultant and trained solicitor both in Ireland and in England & Wales. He has extensive experience with deep geo-thermal, the extractive industry, wind farms and has also done extensive work on numerous environmentally sensitive projects including the bogs issue, masts, housing developments and piggeries. He has also done considerable work on the area of legislative reform and enforcement and recently presented to the UN ACCC - Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in Geneva [March 2016]. In addition to his legal expertise, Kieran comes from a horticultural background and is well versed on the landscaping and reinstatement challenges, which present themselves in a planning context and is also an authority on the threats posed by Invasive Species. Kieran is a member of the Law Societies Human Rights Committee and also of Meath County Council's Planning SPC (Strategic Policy Committee) and is President of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society. He is also a musician and amongst other instruments plays the harp, violin and guitar.
Eugene F Collins is a law firm with extensive experience in a variety of legal areas. Established 120 years ago the Firm has grown to a Firm that has 24 partners and a further 80 legal professionals and support staff. The Firm’s experience covers legal services such as Banking, Corporate, Corporate Recovery, Dispute Resolution and Property & Construction. Specialist expertise in the areas of Environmental & Planning, Employment Law, Competition and Anti-trust law, Insurance Regulation, Intellectual Property, Media & Broadcasting and Debt Capital Markets have developed alongside their main units, leading the Firm to be involved in many high profile cases, and covering a wide breadth of legal services. For more information on Eugene F Collins Law Firm please contact http://www.efc.ie/contact
Fehily Timoney & Co. is a global management, engineering and environmental consultancy. Set-up in 1990, the company has grown to be one of the largest Irish-owned independent consultancies. They have offices in Cork and Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and our Middle East base is in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Fehily Timoney’s areas of expertise include Environment, Planning, Energy, Data Management, Infrastructure and Waste Management. For more information on Fehily Timoney & Co. please contact http://www.fehilytimoney.ie/contact-us/