Public & Administrative Law

Our team of lawyers are highly experienced in advising clients on public and administrative law matters including judicial review, statutory appeals, public procurement, freedom of information, Access to Environmental Information (AIE), data protection, constitutional issues and matters of natural justice and fair procedures. As these cover a wide range of areas please see our specialist pages for more specific details. Our clients include government departments, local authorities, state and semi-state bodies, and private clients in a wide range of sectors including construction, energy, infrastructure development, pharma and healthcare.   

We have extensive legal experience in acting for clients seeking to judicially review public law matters including decisions of An Bord Pleanála, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), the Commission for Aviation Regulation, Government Departments, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), the Irish Tax Appeals Commission (TAC) and their regulatory bodies.

We regularly advise public bodies and utilies, as well as suppliers bidding to the public and utitilties sector on procurement law issues and we have acted in most of the leading High Court procurement cases in Ireland and Northern Ireland both for public bodies and unsuccessful tenderers. 

The Disputes team has been involved in almost every Tribunal that has been convened in the State since the Beef Tribunal in the 1980’s. We use this experience and expertise to advise our client's on their rights to fair procedures and due process if required to participate in a tribunal or other public inquiry process. We also advise clients on appearances before various Oireachtas committees. 


  • Global Healthcare Company

    representing and advising with respect to judicial review proceedings before the Irish High Court and a TAC appeal concerning a significant, adverse tax assessment.

  • Irish Water

    in the defence of a judicial review challenge to GDD.

  • Health Service Executive

    in defending High Court proceedings related to a tender competition for speech and language therapy services.

  • Domestic and international financial institutions

    on challenges to decisions by the Central Bank of Ireland and the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (FSPO).

  • Special Liquidators of IBRC and NAMA

    advising on a variety of public law challenges and decisions.

  • Developers and energy companies

    in defending a wide range of judicial challenges including proceedings arising from decisions made by An Bord Pleanála in connection with Strategic Infrastructure Development and Strategic Housing Development schemes.