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Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Administrative & Public Law

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What the team is known for

Predominantly represents regulators, local authorities and other public bodies in a range of administrative and public law matters, including judicial reviews, statutory appeals and disciplinary proceedings. Also adept at advising commercial clients challenging planning and other government decisions. Particularly adept in the healthcare and pharmaceutical regulatory sphere, and has a prominent environmental practice.

Strengths

An interviewee says: "They work effectively and in an integrated way with us."

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of the General Dental Council (GDC) in two cases involving applications to extend the interim order of conditions imposed on two dentists' registrations by the Interim Orders Committee on the GDC.

Notable practitioners

Karen Blair is noted for her extensive experience handling judicial review matters, and is praised by one source as "the best in the field in the planning area." An impressed commentator notes: "She is very good at what she does and is a go-to for local councils. She is very efficient and very well organised."

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Overview

The Public and Administrative law team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin is led by Chairman and Director, Karen Blair. The team advise regarding the powers of the new District Councils in the context of the ongoing reform of public administration culminating in new Councils on 1 April 2015; transitional arrangements resulting from the ongoing reform of local government; advising public bodies on vires issues and the rights of the public to participate in the decision making process; advising private companies and individuals regarding the challenge of decisions by public bodies by way of judicial review; advising Notice Parties where a decision in their favour has been challenged by a third party in judicial review proceedings; representing respondents in judicial review challenges; advising public bodies on their internal processes and policies to reduce the risk of challenge going forward; and advising the public and private sector in relation to the Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation. 

The team advise a number of key public sector clients in a wide range of contexts. The administrative law practice is closely related to the firm’s planning and environmental practice where they advise applicants and notice parties in planning and environmental judicial reviews. The team also provide specialist administrative law advice in the procurement context, advising both tendering authorities and individual tenderers.

Members

Blair, Karen (Head of Department)

Fitzpatrick, Micaela

Fleming, Patrick

Martyn, Brendan

Masterson, Stephen

McClimonds, Anna

Industries

Energy

Government

Health Care

Mining & Metals

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate

Utilities

Administrative & Public Law Department

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Department location

50 Bedford Street

Belfast

County Antrim

UK

BT2 7FW

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Northern Ireland

Administrative & Public Law


Karen Blair
Band 1