ByrneWallace raises privacy concerns around redevelopment of neighbouring office
ByrneWallace has raised concerns about a proposed office development neighbouring its Dublin headquarters which it says “potentially jeopardises the privacy of our clients and our ability to preserve and protect client confidentiality”.
US property giant Kennedy Wilson has lodged plans for an office redevelopment which includes a new four- to eight-storey building on a site adjacent to St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
In a submission to Dublin City Council, ByrneWallace said it had concerns about the new building having windows and terraces with a view of its office, which could undermine client confidentiality.
The law firm said the application does not recognise a legal agreement between ByrneWallace and the current tenants of the site which requires “special treatment of glazing of fenestration … so as to minimise impact of overlooking”.
It said: “The current occupier of the site is a firm of accountants who have similar privacy and confidentiality concerns as we do as a firm of solicitors operating from the adjoining premises.
“Any new buildings that have fenestration that will face towards adjoining premises should be required as a condition of the planning permission to enter into a deed of covenant with us … to maintain suitable treatment of glazing so as to minimise the overlooking.
“The same considerations apply to the terraces and all elevated external areas facing towards the adjoining premises and suitable screening will be required.”