Rachel has handled the defence of numerous judicial reviews of decisions relating to the planning and licensing of development including strategic transport, waste and energy infrastructure.
She has extensive enforcement experience including criminal prosecutions in the District Court for breaches of environmental licences and planning law, injunction proceedings in the High Court seeking the remediation of unlawful waste disposal sites and general advisory work on the exercise of enforcement functions.
Through her work for public authorities, Rachel has acquired in-depth knowledge of public and administrative law and the principles applicable to sound public body decision making, the conduct of investigations and appeals and the provision of access to information under FOI and AIE. She regularly advises in these areas.
Prior to joining Philip Lee in December 2013, Rachel practised in a specialist firm advising among others the Environmental Protection Agency and the Planning Board and has acted for state agencies and local authorities for over ten years.
Rachel is Chairperson of the Irish Environmental Law Association (www.iela.ie).
She is regularly invited to speak at conferences. Recent speaking engagements include the first ICEL/EPA Conference on Environmental Regulation and Enforcement and the UCC Environmental Law Conference on Environmental Assessment. She has lectured on environmental and planning law for the Law Society Professional Practice and Diploma courses since 2003 and on habitats legislation for the Trinity College Intensive Course on Planning Law.
She contributed two chapters to the Law Society’s Professional Practice Guide on Environmental Law on environmental impact assessment and habitats legislation.
Rachel was mentioned as Leading Individual in Legal 500, 2019 in the area of planning and environment.
Law Society of Ireland
Chairperson of the Irish Environmental Law Association