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Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Private Wealth Law

4 ranked individualsBand 1Northern IrelandHigh Net Worth 2020 View ranking table

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin is recognised as being "a real quality law firm with specialist legal professionals that cover the whole spectrum of personal and corporate law." An industry adviser says: "I have used them and recommended them to many clients and without any negative feedback at all."

Covering the full spectrum of estate and business succession planning, the team also has significant experience in contentious trust issues. "I think they're a superb firm and they have an excellent private client offering," remarks one legal source, whilst another interviewee states: "They are always very well prepared in their work. They are also very experienced and able lawyers who are very familiar with their areas of law."

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Forrester is "a master of litigation and can work miracles in complex cases where others would struggle to present a case or viable defence," enthuses one commentator. Another industry insider notes: "He's very bright, personable, hard-working and commercial." He has an extensive background in helping clients with contentious matters, including proprietary estoppel claims and inheritance issues.

Michael Graham has in-depth expertise in a variety of estate and inheritance planning matters and is also noted for his strength dealing with tax and trust issues. "Michael is undoubtedly one of the finest and has dealt with us with huge efficiency, thoroughness, expertise, compassion and understanding," comments one client. "Michael's ability to simply explain complex areas is amazing and he can relate to clients in a very relaxed and informative way," notes another interviewee.

Paula Gibson regularly assists clients in estate planning and Court of Protection matters. A wealth adviser explains: "She has the ability to communicate effectively and courteously with our elderly clients. She has the ability to put them at ease and work in a manner that gives them confidence that the firm and individuals have the knowledge and good practice to complete the client's wishes."

Timothy Rankin has "a good knowledge of private client work and trust investments," observes a wealth commentator. He is also lauded as "friendly, approachable and professional" by another source. He helps wealthy individuals with trust work and tax planning and is also experienced in Court of Protection issues.

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Northern Ireland

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Jonathan Forrester
Band 1

Private Wealth Law


Michael Graham
Band 1
Paula Gibson
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