Course Description

Diploma in Environmental and Planning Law

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the overall structure of environmental and planning law in Ireland and the role of the organisations entrusted with overseeing the implementation of same;
  • Describe specific areas of environmental law such as waste management law, climate change, and air and noise pollution;
  • Explain the planning application procedure, the determination of a planning application and the appeals process, and the impact that environmental law has on planning;
  • Illustrate the legislative framework and regulation of planning law in Ireland;
  • Analyse litigation in the area in light of recent judicial decisions.

Programme structure and approach to learning

This diploma course aims to provide a comprehensive practical overview of the current legislative framework in the environmental and planning realms. The overall objective is to assist practitioners in determining what planning and environmental legislation applies and what the exposure is for clients arising from this.

This course will examine topical issues including environmental problems, the interplay with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), planning control, developments in waste law, recent European law and Irish legislation, recent case law, issues of environmental liability in insolvency, enforcement, trans-boundary environmental issues, the impact of environmental law on planning, and the nature of development.


The programme is based on the following modular scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Environmental law, the overall structure and recent developments

  • Overall structure and recent developments in environmental law,
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
  • Role of the local authority; Irish Water – an overview; green energy and climate change,
  • Environmental enforcement.

Module 2: The legislative framework and regulation of planning law in Ireland

  • Planning law in Ireland,
  • Planning applications,
  • Environmental impact assessments,
  • Impact of environmental law on planning.

Module 3: Litigation and interface of environmental law and planning

  • Environmental issues in corporate and property transactions,
  • Judicial reviews of An Bord Pleanála and EPA,
  • Environmental liability – criminal and civil liability,
  • Environmental directive and transposing directive.


Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to revise all modules covered to date and to consolidate the participant’s knowledge.

Workshop Title Date Time
1 Key emphasis on the application of environmental law to common scenarios encountered in practice 23 November 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm
2 Key emphasis on the application of planning law to common scenarios encountered in  practice 18 January 2022 6:00pm – 8:00pm
3 Key emphasis on litigation in relation to environmental law and planning 22 February 2022 6:00pm – 8:00pm
4 Examination Preparation 01 March 2022 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Three-hour closed-book written examination.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Public sector, private sector and in-house solicitors working in the areas of conveyancing and planning and environmental law,
  • Trainee solicitors and students seeking to expand their knowledge of environmental law,
  • Barristers who practice in the area of environmental law,
  • Civil servants and those working within a local authority in environmental and planning departments, and
  • Other suitably qualified professionals, such as environmental agents and town planners who have an interest in environmental law.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €300.


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from solicitors, barristers and other professionals with expertise in environmental and planning law.

Previous lecturers have included the following:

  • Lorna Dempsey, Milieu Ltd,
  • Alison Fanagan, A&L Goodbody,
  • Elva Carbery, Legal Consultant,
  • Tom Flynn BL,
  • Michelle Linnane, Moran and Ryan,
  • Rachel Minch, Philip Lee,
  • Jason Milne, A&L Goodbody,
  • Stephen Proctor, McCann Fitzgerald,
  • Noreen Kavanagh, Matheson,
  • Dr Áine Ryall, University College Cork,
  • Thomas Freeman BL,
  • Brendan Slattery, McCann Fitzgerald,
  • Justice Garrett Simons, High Court Judge,
  • Finola McCarthy, Ronan Daly Jermyn,
  • Deirdre Nagle, Mason Hayes & Curran.


We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. Please note that the limit for e-learning has been removed for the 2021 CPD cycle. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2021. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year.

CollegeLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course CategoryEnvironmental Law, Law
Course TypeOnline Learning
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Environmental and Planning Law
Course Start Date5th October 2021
Course End Date1st March 2022
Course TimeOnline lectures Tuesdays, 6pm to 8pm and four interactive workshops online. Also available to view on demand.
Course Fee2600
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The Education Centre, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (DX 79 Dublin), Ireland D07 VW24, Dublin, Ireland

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