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Carson McDowell

Environment

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What the team is known for

Excellent team advising a number of high-profile companies on the full spectrum of environmental law. Regularly handles significant projects and disputes work, with notable expertise in judicial reviews and representing clients in public inquiries and appeals. Also highly experienced in advising on the environmental aspects of renewable energy schemes. Further expertise in drafting supporting environmental statements for planning applications.

Strengths

"Carson McDowell does a very thorough job for clients," one interviewee remarks, adding: "The team communicates regularly and has good litigation tactics for keeping the process running smoothly."

Work highlights

Advised Linen Mill Studios on the environmental law aspects of its application to develop a Game of Thrones studio tour attraction.

Notable practitioners

Faye Phillips has a robust environment practice that includes advising on judicial reviews as well as challenging decisions at the Planning Appeals Commission. She also assists with the environmental aspects of large-scale planning applications in the mining, renewable energy and waste disposal sectors.

Gary McGhee leads the team and has a broad range of environment expertise covering issues such as watercourse pollution and habitat preservation. He regularly advises on the environmental aspects of planning applications, in addition to representing clients in judicial review proceedings.
"Gary is a very assiduous and tactical litigator."

Grant McBurney regularly provides due diligence in relation to planning applications, including assisting with Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Directive compliance. He is equally adept at providing representation in enforcement appeals and judicial reviews.

Sarah Dunlop assists with a broad range of matters relating to planning applications for mixed-use development and energy infrastructure projects. She has experience advising on issues concerning contaminated land, waste management and protected species.

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Members

McGhee, Gary (Head of Department)

Dunlop, Sarah

Dunlop, Sarah

Dunwoody, Faye

McBurney, Grant

Phillips, Faye

Environment

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Location

Murray House

Murray Street

Belfast

County Antrim

UK

BT1 6DN

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Environment


Faye Phillips
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Gary McGhee
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Grant McBurney
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Sarah Dunlop
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