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I lead the Public and Regulatory/Planning and Environmental Department, comprising a specialised team of 28 solicitors, who provide a host of legal services to statutory, regulatory and licensing bodies operating across a range of sectors, including health and social care, education, charities, finance, planning, environmental and professional services.

I provide high level strategic advice in relation to policy, governance and statutory interpretation.  I have extensive experience in advising start-up regulators in respect of their requirements and have particular experience in the drafting of regulations. I have overseen the management of hundreds of fitness to practise/disciplinary investigations and Inquiries, in addition to having extensive litigation experience. I have been involved in many of the seminal legal cases in the regulatory sphere and regularly represent statutory bodies in defending judicial reviews and statutory appeals in the Superior Courts. I am an experienced advocate, regularly appearing before Councils/Committees, Appeals Boards, Committees of Investigation, tribunals, the District Court and the Superior Courts for oral hearings and submissions.

I advise planning and environmental licensing authorities on all aspects of the interpretation of their governing legislation, including advising on legal issues arising in respect of licensing applications and enforcement of licences.

I quickly understand the challenges faced by clients and provide solution focussed and tailored strategic advice, thereby supporting clients in the minimisation of legal risk.

I regularly address national and international conferences, and host seminars devoted to legal developments in the area of Public and Regulatory Law/Planning and Environmental Law. I  co-authored the only legal text book in the area of Public and Regulatory law in this jurisdiction entitled “Disciplinary Procedures in the Statutory Professions” (published by Bloomsbury in 2011).

I am ranked as a 'Band 1' Lawyer in Chambers Europe for Dispute Resolution: Professional Discipline in Ireland.

I am also recommended in Legal 500 Ireland 2019 for Public Sector.

What others say…

J.P. McDowell is “very thorough, responsive and skilful at advocacy in the High Court. ” He assists clients with complex disciplinary and regulatory proceedings. One interviewee notes that “his strategic advice and intelligence on emerging issues is fantastic, ” while another states: “He has experience dealing with professional regulatory issues across a whole range of professions, which brings added value. ”

Chambers Europe 2020

JP McDowell is a leading figure throughout the full range of professional discipline mandates, with particular expertise in public and regulatory law. One source states: He is very knowledgeable, efficient, direct and understands the needs of the client

Chambers Europe 2019

The hugely experienced JP McDowell is renowned for his market-leading expertise in advising regulatory bodies on professional discipline, professional competence and other areas of public law

Chambers Europe 2018

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