Margaret is a Partner in Property & Construction Law and head of the Firm’s 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 Austin 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 an expert in environmental, waste and planning law in the wind, property and water sectors.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2016
Margaret Austin is commended for her “high level of diplomacy skills,” and for “leaving no stone unturned no matter how big or small. She is astute and impressive in her attention to detail.”
Chambers Europe, 2015
Margaret Austin has ‘excellent attention to detail’ and provides ‘highly professional advice’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
Margaret Austin is “an extremely capable lawyer and gives solid, in-depth advice…she has always been quick to absorb briefings and respond with clear advice.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2014