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50 BEDFORD STREET, BELFAST, BT2 7FW, NORTHERN IRELAND
Tel:
Work 028 9024 3141
Fax:
Fax 028 9024 9096
DX:
421 NR BELFAST
Email:
Web:
http://www.cfrlaw.co.uk

Karen Blair

Tel:
Work 028 9027 1320
Email:
Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Work Department

Planning and environmental, public law and education, liquor licensing, utilities and energy.

Position

Karen is Chairman and Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin and specialises in planning and environmental law, liquor licensing and public law. She advises a wide range of clients, particularly in the waste, energy and aviation sectors on their development proposals, including advice on environmental impact assessment and habitats issues. She also advises on regulatory issues arising from on-going manufacturing and processing operations. Karen has extensive experience in the judicial review and liquor licensing courts.

Career

Trained Cleaver Fulton Rankin; qualified 1994; legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1999; partner in present firm 2001.

Languages

French.

Member

Environmental and Planning Law Association for Northern Ireland (EPLANI); United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA); Society of Licensing Practitioners (SLP).

Education

University of Essex (1991, LLB, English and French Law); Universite Jean Moulins, Lyons (1990, Diploma in French Law); University of Cambridge (1992, LLM, International Law); Queen’s University Belfast (1994, Certificate in Professional Legla Studies).


Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy

Within: Energy

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s energy practice attracts praise for its ‘comprehensive and focused’ advice and ‘excellent and efficient service’. The group assists a client base of banks, investment funds, regulatory bodies and renewable energy developers with financings, acquisitions and regulatory matters involving wind, solar and electricity projects. Practice head Stephen Cross, who is ‘excellent and pragmatic’, led the advice to BlackRock Real Assets, as shareholder in solar energy company Lightsource Renewable Energy, regarding the construction of a 50MW Northern Irish solar farm project by the latter. Other clients include Wirsol, First Trust Bank, Gaelectric and BlackBee Investments. Karen Blair and Joe Marley are the key names for planning and property-related mandates.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Planning and environment

Within: Leading individuals

Karen Blair - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Within: Planning and environment

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s ‘excellent’ team has a ‘sound knowledge of the issues’ when assisting clients from the energy, real estate, minerals and infrastructure sectors - among others - with planning applications and judicial reviews. Recent instructions for the group include assisting Gaelectric with its ongoing proposed compressed air energy storage project, which involves the construction of underground caverns capable of maintaining compressed air. Key clients for the firm include Belfast City Airport, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, AES Electric, and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The ‘very responsiveKaren Blair heads the practice.

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