Conor is Head of William Fry’s Environment & Planning Group. His work (advisory, contentious and transactional support) covers pollution control licensing, habitat and protected area controls, environmental impact assessment, the legal aspects of waste management, contaminated land issues and land-use controls. He has a particular interest in the legal and policy responses to the climate change problem, including the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Qualified as a Solicitor in both the Republic of Ireland and in England & Wales, and as a Barrister, he also holds an MSc in Environmental Social Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury.
He is the Irish Government appointee to the International Panel of Environmental Law Expert Arbitrators, at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, for the resolution of environment and natural resource disputes. He is a the Senior Vice Chair of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee. He is a Vice-Chair of the IBA President’s Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. He is also a former Vice-Chairman of the Employment Appeals Tribunal.
Conor has led the William Fry team representing Clients in some of the most high-profile environmental and planning cases in recent years. Conor Linehan is highlighted as ‘a go-to adviser for critical projects’.
William Fry's Environmental & Planning Law Unit is described as "consistently best in class" by leading legal market Guide, Legal 500 EMEA. The Unit was again ranked "Tier 1" for Ireland in 2014. The Guide lists Conor as "highly recommended" for Environmental & Planning Law, referring to his "very solid grasp of legislation and how it impacts on business" and to his efforts for clients as "leaving no stone unturned". Earlier editions of the same Guide referred to his "very comprehensive understanding of the planning system" and to his "first class expertise in the energy area of planning law"; while another leading legal Guide, Chambers Europe, considers him "well versed" on Climate Change Law matters.