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2-6 Edward Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh, BT62 3LX

Local Government / Administrative Law Northern Ireland


Walker McDonald has built a strong track record of successfully representing a number of Councils throughout Northern Ireland, advising on various issues including drafting of policies compliant with the Authority’s statutory obligations. To date, none of the Local Authorities represented, have been the subject of a successful application for Judicial Review in relation to any matter which Walker McDonald has been acting in respect of.

Our Local Government legal advice service is headed by Brian Walker who has solid experience in Local Government Law. He has acted on behalf of local government clients and provided legal advice at discussions with Central Government, at Public Inquiries, on planning law issues, equality issues and on environmental law issues. Brian Walker and Joseph McDonald have copious experience in bringing prosecutions on behalf of Local Councils on public health and by-law matters. In addition, Walker McDonald now employs a former Principal level Local Government Officer, with expertise in Local Government Land & Property matters.

Brian Walker has trained Councillors in relation to the Northern Ireland Code of Conduct for Councillors.

Local Government Services

Walker McDonald work to ensure that our Local Government clients’ policies and procedures are compliant with legal frameworks including Section 75 obligations. We also provide expert advice on a range of issues including:

  • Interpretation of Standing Orders
  • The role and responsibility of senior Council Officers including the Mayor and Chief Executive.
  • Co-operation with other Councils and on the creation of community companies
  • Prosecutions on behalf of local government
  • Land transactions; Planning; and development potential

Solicitors:- Brian Walker; Joe McDonald