Practice Areas – Administrative and Public Law

J.W. O’Donovan provides specialist and strategic advice in administrative and public law, a growth area in the Irish legal system. This field of law concerns the rules regulating the organisation, functions and procedures of public authorities. It affects not only government departments and local authorities but other public bodies such as universities and trade unions.

We advise public and regulatory bodies and private individuals on their powers, rights and obligations on issues ranging from Public Private Partnership projects and tendering processes to housing initiatives and environmental licensing. Our clients operate in many different sectors. These include health, schools, environment, accommodation, regeneration and urban development.

In planning matters, whether contentious or non-contentious, we act for land owners, developers and third party objectors. Our team has particular experience in advising in judicial review proceedings concerning compulsory purchase and planning law and where applicable will ensure our clients are properly aware of entitlements to State compensation.

Where appropriate we will combine resources from different departments in the firm to provide a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the best results for our clients in a concise, timely and tailored manner.

Our services include the following:

  • Acting for SPVs on project documents and funding agreements
  • Acting for procuring authorities on bid and tender process
  • Advising local authorities and state bodies
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Housing and housing initiatives and advices to housing charities and schemes
  • Environmental licensing and regulation issues
  • Environmental law issues and waste management issues
  • Planning procedures and appeals
  • Compulsory purchase issues – acting for landowners
  • Judicial review actions arising out of administrative decisions
  • Telecommunications and licensing issues
  • Urban regeneration, development and renewal taxation schemes