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

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

I am an Associate (New Zealand Qualified) in the Regulatory Group at Fieldfisher. 

My work regularly includes assisting clients to engage in judicial review proceedings, tribunal proceedings, inquiries, regulatory investigations, private advisory work, law-reform strategy and government relations. I also advise on international trade and public international law and am particularly interested in Brexit-related WTO issues.

I work primarily with Matthew Lohn, Senior Partner, and David Northfield, Senior Associate (Barrister); and advise both public and private sector clients in relation to their administrative and public law issues and opportunities.

I advise clients in challenging decisions or seeking to influence public law decision making processes. This includes assisting clients to participate in (or conduct) meaningful consultation, helping them to engage with decision makers or impacted parties about their issues or about opportunities, and through judicial review challenge.

Recent clients include:

  • A global brand in preparing submissions in August 2018 to the Independent Reviewer of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) successfully seeking to overturn an earlier ASA decision. This is the first time a BCAP Decision was reversed and it was widely reported in the press including The Guardian and The Grocer;
  • The FCA in successfully defending against a judicial review challenge in the Administrative Court against its package of measures which introduced a time-bar in relation to making PPI complaints;
  • A witness who is presenting evidence to the Independent Public Inquiry into the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme for Northern Ireland;
  • The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in relation to statutory functions;
  • The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) (pro bono) in challenging a Council's consultation process in respect of hearing support staff redundancies;
  • A chartered body in relation to judicial review proceedings challenging regulations transposing the EU's 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive;
  • Providing regulatory advice to an innovative United States-based fitness-tech company in relation to its expansion into the United Kingdom and coordinating further advice across several key European jurisdictions;
  • Coordinating litigation on behalf of a public regulator in respect of several claims filed in the High Court in which the regulator is an interested party;
  • A United States-based tech company in respect of its compliance with equalities duties on digital accessibility for people with disabilities;
  • A small but important English manufacturer on how to resolve a dispute with a Government department quickly, through engaging with the Minister, and without having to file costly court proceedings;
  • An international professional membership body in conducting an audit and review of its global regulatory and disciplinary functions to consider consistency in decision-making in more than a dozen countries and providing recommendations for improvement;
  • An international media company on whether one of its services is an On-Demand Programme Service (ODPS) under Part 4A of the Communications Act 2003, and the role of Ofcom;
  • Several New Zealand-founded companies on regulatory compliance matters in respect of their operations in the United Kingdom and/or European Union.

In November 2017 I worked with John Cassels, Partner and Co-Head of the Regulatory Group, to co-author a research report considering which of the EU's administrative functions would need to be assumed or otherwise disposed of in the UK as a result of Brexit. The report became the focus of a session of the House of Commons Committee for Exiting the European Union, which John Cassels presented evidence to, and was widely reported on in the media including the Financial Times, FT. I have also commented on the implications of Brexit for the EU meat market, including from an administrative law and international trade law perspective, as reported on by the trade publication Meat Management.

I was called to the Bar in New Zealand in 2012 and trained and qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand's leading public and constitutional law practice. I also spent time working at another leading City firm and as a locum public law advisor at Ofsted. I am a member of the New Zealand Law Society, a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and am working toward qualification as a solicitor in Ireland and in England & Wales. 

I am a member of the Kiwi Expats Association (KEA), I support Fieldfisher's Brexit Taskforce and write for the Public and Regulatory Group blog.

In my spare time I travel frequently, play field hockey, enjoy swimming and running, and am in Fieldfisher's sailing team.


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