Margaret Austin

Margaret is a Partner in Property & Construction Law and head of the firm’s Construction, Planning & Environment Law Group. Margaret advises on Construction, Planning, Environmental & Property law matters arising on construction projects promoted by public and private developers.

Margaret advises contractors, developers, funders and professional teams at all stages of a construction project and on dispute management and resolution. She advises on planning and environmental legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions including those involving energy infrastructure. Margaret advises on all aspects of planning and environmental compliance, licensing and permitting of activities and facilities as well as civil and criminal liability and judicial review of regulatory decisions.

Admitted as a solicitor in 1993
Diploma in European Law (1993) University College Dublin
LL.B. (1990), Trinity College Dublin

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, past Chairwoman of the Irish Environmental Law Association and Treasurer of the European Environmental Law Association.

Achievements and Endorsements
Margaret has written numerous articles and lectured at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Engineers Ireland and the Law Society on aspects of Construction Law , Planning Law and Environmental Law. Margaret is co-author of Cavendish Law Publication – Chapter on Planning & Environmental Law.

“Margaret is a great team leader with a practical approach….she knows the system inside out…She is always at the end of the line and available to deal with queries and questions. Her attention to detail, deep knowledge of the sector and personal touch is what sets her apart from peers.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

“Margaret is low-key in her approach but no less effective for it…she is thorough and capable of developing a strong working relationship with the other side on a case.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

“Margaret Austin’s common-sense attitude that she gives to her work is welcome and appreciated.”
Chambers Europe, 2022

“Margaret has demonstrated a superb ability at managing complex cases involving the client and a large number of experts from varying professions, thereby ensuring that the case is well presented and achieving results which meet with, or exceed, the client’s expectations.” 
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“Margaret is particularly noted for her experience in using arbitration and mediation to resolve construction disputes…she is very approachable, dedicated and competent. She will proactively stick to the task and coordinate an all encompassing solution.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“Margaret Austin advises clients on building and fit-out contracts as well as design team appointments. She is also knowledgeable in disputes pertaining to defective materials and disruption claims, including conciliation and adjudication proceedings.”
Chambers Europe, 2021

“Margaret is measured, focused and insightful.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

“Margaret is very approachable, knowledgeable and commercial, and really helpful in terms of can-do attitude and availability.”
Chambers Europe, 2020

“Eugene F. Collins puts forward a very knowledgeable team led by Margaret Austin. Margaret’s ability to combine strategic advice on the big picture issues with attention to detail on finer technical points makes her a standout lawyer.”
Legal 500, 2019

“Margaret is very switched on, attentive and responsive…she has a strong business acumen and high level of expertise”
Chambers Europe, 2019

“Margaret is recognised as a leading lawyer”
Legal 500, 2018

Margaret Austin is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers Europe 2021

Margaret Austin is recommended in Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

Margaret Austin

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