William Orbinson QC provides planning and environmental advice to the energy sector, and represents developers, energy and infrastructure providers in major planning inquiries and hearings, local development plan examinations, appeals, and judicial reviews

As part of his advisory service, he has advised energy developers on the regulatory, commercial and land law aspects of their projects

William Orbinson QC led the multi-disciplinary team which secured SONI planning permission for the Northern Ireland section of the North-South electricity interconnector. That application went to public inquiry before the PAC in February 2017 and was granted planning permission in January 2018

Mr Orbinson is a regular speaker at events such as the Northern Ireland Energy Forum, and is the author of a wide range of publications on planning, energy and the environment

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Fossil fuels
  • Grid connection and Infrastructure
  • Regulation
  • Interconnection
  • Strategic project direction
  • Consultation
  • Planning advice, applications, appeals, major project inquiries and hearings
  • SEA
  • EIA
  • Habitats Directive
  • Licensing and permitting
  • Judicial review
  • Enforcement and prosecutions

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