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Real Estate and Planning

The combined specialisms of our property partners John O’Donoghue, Eimear Fitzgibbon and Tom Conway and planning partners Alice Whittaker and Rachel Minch, mean that clients have access to unrivalled levels of expertise in these interwoven fields.

quotes Philip Lee’s ‘highly skilled’ team is ‘well equipped for dealing with high-value commercial banking transactions involving security over property, as well as diligently managing smaller property acquisitions’. Legal 500, 2019

Real Estate

Our team was recognised as ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ and ‘Leinster Property Law Firm of the Year’ at the Irish Law Awards 2019.  Philip Lee was also awarded ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the ceremony.

The real estate and planning teams advise a diverse range of clients, including  investors, private developers, public sector bodies and financial institutions. The experience we’ve gained from acting in large scale public infrastructure projects helps us forge compact teams that collaborate quickly when required.

Some challenges need us to draw in our dispute resolution or projects and PPP teams; others require collaboration with our tax and corporate teams. Whatever challenge you face, our focus is always on completing the deal, taking great care with every detail and keeping cool heads.

Key areas where clients seek our real estate advice

  • Purchase, sale, development and letting of commercial property
  • Landlord and Tenant issues
  • Real estate finance
  • Restructuring and enforcement
  • Property development
  • Joint ventures and Co-ownership schemes
  • Tax-based schemes
  • Real estate funds


Alice Whittaker and Rachel Minch lead the planning practice. They draw in clients because of their unique combination of expertise in this area, acting for both project developers and the regulatory authorities, and their extensive advisory and litigation experience.

But although clients rely on our technical skills, we are always aware of the bigger picture of protecting and promoting your interests.

Key areas where clients seek our planning advice

  • Planning applications and appeals
  • Representation at oral hearings
  • Strategic infrastructure
  • Judicial review
  • Planning enforcement – injunctions and prosecutions
  • Section 5 referrals and exempted development
  • Land-use plans and forward planning
  • Foreshore licenses

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John O’Donoghue

Alice Whittaker

Rachel Minch

Eimear Fitzgibbon

Tom Conway

Thomas O’Malley

Leonora Mullett