Alan Doyle


Alan Doyle is a Partner in the Environmental and Planning Law group within the Regulatory Department, and former Managing Partner of Barry Doyle and Company which merged with McDowell Purcell (now Fieldfisher Ireland) in November 2018.

Alan is a recognised expert in environmental and planning law, and has represented and advised the leading public authorities in the field since 1996. He also represents companies, individuals and environmental groups.

In that time he has been involved in the defence of over 450 judicial reviews, achieving a success rate in excess of 90%.

Cases he has conducted have related to gas terminals, airports, motorways, electricity generation and transmission, wind farms and solar power, pipelines, landfills, housing developments, pharmaceutical plants, piggeries and poultry farms, milk processors, waste water treatment plants, composting, and animal byproducts.

He has handled cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Alan is also a solicitor advocate and has presented oral argument in the High Court on judicial review and injunction cases relating to quarries, illegal landfills, power stations, and a variety of urban developments. He also presents cases at oral hearings, most recently in relation to aquaculture licences and water treatment plants.

Alan advises on all areas of environmental and planning law, from the definition of waste to radiological protection, and from exempted telecommunications developments to climate change.

Alan specialises in European law and the interplay between it and national law. He is a former associate of Van Bael and Bellis in Brussels and a graduate of the College of Europe, Bruges. He lectured in NUI Galway on environmental law and private international law, regularly delivers papers at conferences on environmental law and is the author of “Planning Enforcement Manual”, a manual for planning enforcers which is found in every local authority in the State.

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019

    Alan Doyle leads the department, which provides practical and strategic advice on the full gambit of planning and environmental law.

  • B. University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • M. College of Europe, Bruges
  • Admitted as a Solicitor, 1994
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Irish Environmental Law Association

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