Alison Hardiman PhD, BL

  • Public and regulatory
  • Planning
  • Environment and Climate
  • Wind Energy Ireland Planning Committee
  • Wind Energy Ireland Offshore Consenting Committee
  • PhD, University College Cork, 2024
  • Advanced Diploma in Public Procurement Law, Honorable Society of the Kings Inns, 2017
  • MLitt (Research), Trinity College Dublin, 2015
  • BL, Honorable Society of the Kings Inns, 2001
  • LLB, Trinity College Dublin, 1999

Alison is a partner in the planning and environmental practice at Philip Lee.

She has extensive knowledge of planning and environmental law with a particular focus on strategic infrastructure development and renewable energy projects.

A qualified barrister and having practised for some years, she moved in-house as lead planning lawyer in the then Railway Procurement Agency (now Transport Infrastructure Ireland) where planning authorisation for Luas Citywest, Luas CrossCity and Metro North was successfully obtained during her term.

Later, while managing a busy consultancy practice, Alison designed and completed a research Masters in Trinity College Dublin on ‘The Law of Strategic Infrastructure Development in Ireland’. She subsequently undertook a PhD in University College Cork that was sponsored by EirGrid on ‘Reconciling the Objectives of Environmental Protection and Climate Mitigation in EU Law: The Problem of Renewable Energy Project Authorisation’ and was successfully awarded this in March 2024. 

In 2022, she was appointed as a member of the ‘Major Projects Advisory Group’ (MPAG) under the Department of Public Enterprise and Reform (DPER) through a competitive process.

Alison is a regular speaker at events in this sector and has recently addressed the Boards of Renewable Energy Ireland, Wind Energy Ireland, the annual Law and the Environment conference in UCC (most recently April 2023 and 2024) as well as at international conferences including the 2022 EELF Autumn Conference in Tarragona, Spain. She had two significant academic publications in 2022 in the international legal journals ‘Climate Law’ and the ‘Carbon and Climate Law Review’ respectively.