If you need legal advice or assistance in relation to any matter that is related to the tourism, travel and hospitality sectors, then the Tourism Team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin is at hand. The dedicated and dynamic team recognise the importance of tourism to the Northern Irish economy and have a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area. The Tourism Team is drawn from a range of disciplines within the firm including the Licensing, Commercial Property, Planning and Environmental, Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Construction and Procurement teams.

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Areas of Expertise

We advise clients within in the tourism and hospitality industry from the fundamental and everyday matters to the more complex and challenging issues. Some examples of the types of areas in which we advise include:

  • Licensing, including Liquor, Betting, Gaming and Entertainment Licensing
  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board requirements for conference centres, hotels, guest houses and other accommodation facilities
  • Food and hygiene regulation and compliance
  • Property transactions for the purchase, sale or expansion of sites and premises
  • Planning requirements for tourist and hospitality uses and premises
  • Funding and lending options, particularly for major tourist infrastructure and development projects
  • Employment and HR related issues when recruiting and managing staff within the sector
  • Protection of copyright and trademarks
  • Commercial travel disputes and personal injury claims.

Why Us?

Our team works closely together to provide a holistic and innovative approach to developers, funders, local authorities, tourist operators and service providers in relation to a diverse range of legal issues. Irrespective of the issues involved, the Tourism Team provides a bespoke and unrivalled service, tailored to the client’s requirements and particular circumstances. Karen Blair, who heads the team, is particularly recommended and she is 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 and client focused approach’.

Notable Cases

The Tourism Team has been at the forefront as many of the major industry developments throughout Northern Ireland and some of the more notable and transactions include the following:

  • Property, licensing, planning and commercial advices and representation in respect of the multi-million pound development of Titanic Belfast and ongoing advices for this client
  • 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
  • Commercial property, licensing, corporate and employment advices in relation to the multi-million pound development of the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter
  • The roll-out of the initial phase of the Whitbread Group Premier Inn Hotels in Northern Ireland since 2004
  • The provision of preliminary advices to entertainment organisers regarding licensing matters surrounding the Giro D’Italia celebrations in Belfast, May 2014
  • Lead planning adviser to George Best Belfast City Airport since 1999