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Environment and Climate

Our environment and climate group is independently ranked as a ‘first tier’ firm.

quotes Philip Lee has a comprehensive understanding of planning and environmental law. Legal 500, 2022

Our team is led by two partners, Alice Whittaker and Rachel Minch, who between them have almost 30 years’ experience specialising in this area.

At Philip Lee we focus on areas where we can make a difference. We spot opportunities and develop areas of expertise with high potential. We offer highly strategic and commercial advice. Both national and international clients turn to us not only for our legal skills, but also our deep understanding of the ever-changing legislative and policy environments in which our clients operate.

Our clients rely on our environmental team’s expertise, particularly our strength in European law to help manage environmental risks and liabilities.

We devise highly successful consenting strategies for a rich variety of environmental and infrastructure projects.

We provide representation at oral hearings, consultations and in Court proceedings, including contract disputes, legal challenges to consent decisions and enforcement litigation.

We provide transactional support through our robust environmental due diligence processes.

Key areas where clients seek our advice

  • Judicial Review and Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Assessments – SEA, EIA and Habitats / Appropriate Assessment
  • Environmental Licensing – IPPC/Industrial Emissions (IED) and Enforcement
  • Waste Licensing / Permitting and Enforcement
  • Hazardous Waste Management, Licensing and Enforcement
  • Water discharge and abstraction
  • Groundwater remediation
  • Water Services and Waste Water Treatment
  • Foreshore Developments, Licenses and Leases
  • Marine Strategy Framework / Marine Spatial Planning
  • Subsea Cables and Pipelines, International Law of the Sea
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Emissions Trading
  • Air Quality and Climate Action legislation


Advising a multinational waste management company on the application for strategic infrastructure development consent and environmental waste licence for a new facility

Advising a water infrastructure and services company on water services legislation, policy developments and related opportunities

Advising a construction company in relation to the appropriate management of hazardous waste materials under the construction contract and in accordance with the law

Advising Government Department in relation to an application for aquaculture / foreshore licence for large-scale offshore fish farm

Advising Irish and overseas developers (including semi-state companies), promoters and funders of offshore and onshore wind farm projects

Advising multinational company in relation to management of groundwater issues at an industrial site

Advising privately funded and state owned companies on the development of subsea cables in the telecommunications and energy sectors

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Alice Whittaker

Rachel Minch SC

Philip Lee

Lev Gantly

Leonora Mullett