Alan Roberts, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Alan Roberts

Alan Roberts is a Partner in and the joint Head of the Firm’s Environmental & Planning Unit. Alan advises on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious environmental work including in respect of waste management law. Alan works closely with the Energy & Natural Resources, Commercial Property and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups on transactions, providing environmental and planning corporate support in respect of due diligence and he acts for purchasers, vendors and lenders. Alan also advises on interaction with regulatory enforcement agencies, third party liability claims, contaminated land clean up and the defence of environmental and health & safety prosecutions. 

Alan has particular expertise and experience in advising on all planning, environmental and property issues arising on the development, operation and funding of windfarms. Alan’s clients include owners, developers and funders of and private equity investors in windfarms.


The clients that Alan has recently advised include:

  • Bord Gáis Energy/ SWS in relation to Commercial Court proceedings relating to a dispute with a landowner relative to a wind farm development site (involving claims around specific performance and a Section 160 planning injunction).
  • A multi-national corporation in respect of its aftercare obligations pursuant to an IPPC licence and related contractual obligations with the EPA and a third party including strategic advices in relation to avoidance of prosecution by the EPA.
  • A receiver in respect of its obligations pursuant to An IPC/ IPPC licence in connection with the enforcement of security and sale of the property.
  • Bord na Móna in relation to the construction of the windfarms at Mountlucas and Bruckana.
  • Bord Gáis Éireann in respect of its €500m acquisition of SWS Energy.
  • Scottish Power Renewables, the developer and operator of an early stage wind farm development in the North-west and subsequently with a restructuring of arrangements with adjoining landowners.
  • A number of international financial institutions on the financing of the development of several wind farm developments and the financing of portfolios of development and operational windfarms.
  • Two of the most active international private equity investors in the Irish wind farm industry.
  • Heineken Ireland Ltd in respect of the redevelopment of the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery Site in Cork, including a novel use of CPO powers to address issues arising on title.
  • Leading the Environmental & Planning due diligence on behalf of a consortium of banks relative to a significant strategic waste facility development, including detailed advices in relation to waste policy, waste licensing, planning consent and the use of CPO powers.
  • An oil company in the context of a proposed mergers and acquisitions transaction, with particular focus on one key strategic facility of the Target's business, including advice on all environmental permits and licences, planning and the Seveso/COMAH regulations.
  • Detailed legal and strategic business advice to a cement company in relation to a dispute with its landlord in respect of a key distribution location for its business, including leading the negotiations with the landlord and its legal team and assuming responsibility for potential proceedings in respect of the dispute.

Market Recommendations

  • "Recommended Lawyer." (Legal 500 2017)
  • "The very strong Alan Roberts." (Legal 500 2015)
  • "Recommended for his expertise on Planning and Environment law." (Legal 500 2014)


  • BCL, University College Cork, 1996
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2000

Professional Activities

Alan is a member of the Irish Environmental Law Association and of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association of Ireland and regularly lectures on planning and environmental issues (including health and safety matters) to industry groups and the Law Society.

Alan Roberts

Joined Firm: 1997

Partner Since: 2007

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The very strong Alan Roberts

(Legal 500 2015)