Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

This conference aims to discuss the latest developments regarding legislation, case law and best practice for environmental law specialists and those required to keep up to date including manufacturers, suppliers,building and design professionals, government bodies, semi state agencies,consultancy practices and legal professionals.

This Conference is a unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Alison Fanagan, Consultant, Environmental &Planning, A&L Goodbody

Environmental Liability Directive

  • Newly issued guidelines to identify when environmental damage needs to be prevented and remediated
  • What has changed?
  • Aim: provide greater legal clarity of its interpretation and application.

James Kane, Barrister-at-law, The Law Library

EPA Investigations and Defence of an EPA Prosecution

  • The Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE)
  • What is considered before proceeding with a prosecution?
  • Key information when building a defence
  • Strategies in defending a prosecution

Stephen Barry,Environmental and Health & Safety Lead, Eversheds Sutherland

Climate Law, Climate Action, and the Courts – Conflict and Contradiction

  • EU and Irish Climate Legislation
  • Climate Action Plans and Policies
  • The role of the Climate Change Advisory Council and public bodies
  • Climate in the Courts

Alice Whittaker, Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors

Maritime Area (Planning) Bill

  • What is included in the Bill (currently at initiation stage)
  • How the new MAC regime is intended to operate
  • How the new licensing  regime will operate
  • How will functions transfer to the new agency, MARA
  • Changes to the Planning Acts
  • Interplay with Marine Spatial Planning
  • Transitional matters, in particular for so called "Relevant Projects" i.e Phase 1 offshore wind projects

Alison Fanagan, Consultant, Environmental &Planning, A&L Goodbody

Environmental Impact Assessment

Eamon Galligan SC, Barrister, The Bar of Ireland

Water Framework Directive

Mark Thuillier Associate, A&L Goodbody LLP

Habitats Directive – case law update

Jacinta Conway, Senior Associate, Arthur Cox 

Who Should Attend?

This conference will be of interest to all who need to keep up to speed on environmental law and legislation including In-house counsel and lawyers, regulatory authorities, civil servants working on environmental matters, built environment professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants to name a few.


James Kane
Barrister-at-law, The Law Library
Stephen Barry
Environmental and Health & Safety Lead, Eversheds Sutherland
Alice Whittaker
Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors
Alison Fanagan
Consultant, Environmental & Planning, A&L Goodbody
Mark Thuillier
Associate, A&L Goodbody LLP
Jacinta Conway
Senior Associate, Arthur Cox
Eamon Galligan SC
Barrister, The Bar of Ireland


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.