George McLellan, Solicitor (New Zealand Qualified), Regulatory Group

George McLellan, Solicitor (New Zealand Qualified), Regulatory Group, Fieldfisher

I am a Solicitor (New Zealand Qualified) in the Regulatory Group at Fieldfisher. I practise in all areas of public and regulatory law including judicial review, statutory interpretation, inquiries, and regulatory investigations, law-reform strategy and government relations.

I have assisted public bodies in successfully defending judicial review challenges. Most recently I have assisted in the Financial Conduct Authority's successful defence against a challenge in the Administrative Court in respect of its new package of measures in relation to PPI complaints (including a 29 August 2019 deadline for making new PPI complaints). I have also advised clients in their pursuit of challenges against public law decisions, including by means of judicial review challenge. I personally find that the most satisfying cases are those where we are able to achieve a successful result for our client without having to pursue action in the courts.

I am currently helping to support a witness with enhanced participatory rights who is involved in presenting evidence to the Independent Public Inquiry into the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme for Northern Ireland. Other recent clients include the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), a chartered body in relation to judicial review proceedings challenging regulations transposing the EU's 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, a US tech company in respect of its compliance with equalities duties, and several New Zealand-founded companies on regulatory compliance matters in respect of their operations in the United Kingdom.

I trained and qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand's leading public and constitutional law practice. I also spent time working as a locum legal advisor at Ofsted. I am a member of the New Zealand Law Society, the Kiwi Expats Association (KEA), I support Fieldfisher's Brexit Taskforce and write for the Public and Regulatory Group blog.

I travel frequently, enjoy swimming and running, and play hockey.