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50 Bedford Street
Telephone: 028 9024 3141
50 Bedford Street
Telephone: 028 9024 3141
Karen Blair is a graduate of the University of Essex (LLB English and French Law), Université Jean Moulins, Lyons (Diploma in French Law), University of Cambridge (LLM, International Law) and Queen's University (CPLS). Karen has been a Partner since 2001, Managing Partner since 2009 and Managing Director since incorporation on 1 November 2011.
Karen specialises in planning and environmental law, liquor licensing and public law and her wide experience in these legal fields allows clients to obtain proactive, practical advice on often complex legal queries. Karen is Legal Associate and active member of the local Branch Executive Committee of the Royal Town Planning Institute and she is a founding member and former Secretary, Treasurer and Chair of the Environmental and Planning Law Association for Northern Ireland. She has recently been elected to the Council of the UK Environmental Law Association ('UKELA') .
Karen also sit on the Northern Ireland board of the CBI the UK's premier business lobbying organisation, providing a voice for employers at a national and international level
Diversification, Estates, Option Agreements, Planning & Development
Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Business and Science Parks, Car Parking / Access, Change of Use, Enforcement, Extensions / Alterations of Premises, Flood Risk Assessments, Lawful Development Certificates, New Premises, Offices
Ancient Monuments, Archaeology, Conservation Areas, Ecology, Historic Building Restoration, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation, Urban Conservation, World Heritage Sites
AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Appropriate Assessment (Habitats Regulations), Coastal Planning, Ecological Surveys, Environmental Audits, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Statements, Gypsy / Traveller Sites, Renewable Energy Sources, Rights of Way, SSSI (Special Sites of Scientific Interest), Strategic Environmental Appraisals, Tree Preservation Orders, Wetlands, Wind Farms
Appeals, Investigation, Prosecution, Remedial Action
Health Centres, Hospital, Nursing Homes
Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Car Parking, Flood Risk Assessements, Light Issues, Residential Developments, Social Housing
Heavy Industry, Light Industry, Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction, Mining, Mobile Phone Masts, Oil & Gas, Pollution (Air, Water, Noise), Service Industry, Technological Industry, Telecommunications, Utilities, Waste Disposal
Advocacy, Appeals, Covenants, Direct Professional Access to the Bar, Injunctions, Judicial Review, Land Tribunals, Public Inquiries
Development Plan Monitoring, EIP (Examination in Public), Local Plans, Sub-regional Planning, Waste Local Plans
Conservation, Energy, Ports
Incineration, Landfill, Minerals/Aggregates Extraction, Oil & Gas Exploration, Quarries, Waste Disposal, Waste Minimisation, Waste Recycling
Contractual Disputes, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements, Section 75 Agreements
Schools / Community Buildings
Elected Member Training
Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Tidal Power, Wind Power
Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Change of Use, Out of Town Sites, Retail Impact Studies, Shops, Supermarkets, Town Centres
Cinemas, Fast Food / Take Away Outlets, Guest Houses / B&B, Health Clubs, Hotels, Marinas, Public Houses, Restaurants, Stadiums, Tourism, Visitor Management Strategies
Airports, Car Parks, Motorways, Ports, Roads, Trams
Blight, Brownfield Sites, Compulsory Purchases, PPP (Public & Private Partnerships), Town & City Centre Revitalisation Schemes, Waterfront Sites
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Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a leading commercial law practice based in Belfast with established links with many City of London law firms and other national and regional firms.
Headed by Karen Blair the planning and environmental team of 3 full time lawyers, it is at the forefront of this area of law with a wealth of experience in providing legal advice throughout the planning application process, at appeals, inquiries & judicial review.
*Lead adviser to George Best Belfast City Airport in respect of its proposal to vary its Planning Agreement.
*Lead adviser to Titanic Quarter Limited in respect of its various planning applications for its mixed use development schemes in the old Belfast ship works site, including the site for the Public Records Office for Northern Ireland, Belfast Metropolitan College and the Titanic Belfast, the Tourist and exhibition facility opened in April 2012.
*Advising the National Trust on its successful planning application for a new Visitors Centre at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, which opened in July 2012.
*Advising AES Kilroot Power Limited on planning, environmental and regulatory issues arising from the operation of Kilroot Power Station.
*Advising Scottish Widows Investment Partnership on the planning and environmental aspects arising from their acquisition in late 2013 of an investment site in Newry, Co Down, leased to Tesco Stores for a sum in excess of £30 million, the biggest investment property deal in Northern Ireland in 2013.
Legal Directories Recommendations
Karen is particularly recommended in planning and environmental law in NI.
In Chambers UK she is recognised as a ‘Leader in the Field’ of environment and planning law and described as having ‘a wealth of experience’,‘detailed understanding of the law and great communication skills’, for being ‘highly competent, detailed and very incisive’ and generally for her ‘straightforward, client focused approach’. She is also highly recommended and recognised as an elite ‘leading lawyer’in the Legal 500 Directory with her environmental and planning team rated as ‘Top Tier’.