Managing Partner: Jonathan Forrester
Other fee-earners: 11
Administration & Public Law: Karen Blair
Banking: Stephen Cross
Charities: Stephen Cross
Commercial Litigation: Patrick Fleming, Jonathan Forrester and Aaron Moore
Company Commercial: Hilary Griffith
Construction: Patrick Fleming, Lisa Boyd and Aaron Moore
Corporate Finance: Hilary Griffith
Dispute Resolution: Patrick Fleming, Jonathan Forrester, Aaron Moore
Employment: Michael Black
Energy: Joe Marley, Stephen Cross, Hilary Griffith and Karen Blair
Family: Lorraine Keown
Insolvency/Corporate Reconstruction: Jeanette Donohoe
Intellectual Property: Hilary Griffith and Michael King
Planning/Environmental: Karen Blair
Projects: Patrick Fleming and Lisa Boyd
Property: Kathryn Collie, Alan McAlister and Joe Marley
Procurement: Patrick Fleming and Lisa Boyd
Private Client: Michael Graham
The Firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a leading corporate law firm in Northern Ireland, providing a full legal service to both commercial and private clients, including local businesses, government bodies, national and international corporations.
The firm’s primary areas of work are described below and comprise of corporate and commercial, property, employment and immigration, dispute resolution, consultancy and private client, supplemented by niche units specialising in areas such as construction law, planning and environmental law, procurement law, and insolvency. All departments within the firm work closely to ensure a client receives expert advice to achieve commercial objectives.
While the firm is an independent Northern Ireland owned and managed practice, it has an alliance with Matheson solicitors in the Republic of Ireland to provide an all-island service; it is a member of LawNet, an association of independent UK law firms, and it is a member of the International Lawyers Network. This network gives the firm’s lawyers access to commercial law firms in 66 countries across six continents.
Principal Areas of Work
The banking team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin has recognised expertise in acting on the full range of finance transactions, including corporate finance and project finance transactions, acquisition finance, commercial property finance, asset backed lending, invoice discounting, factoring, restructuring and specific services relating to the securitisation of Northern Irish assets. The firm also advises on applicable regulation, compliance and best practice.
Company & Commercial:
The company and commercial team has a long-standing reputation for providing sound practical advice to clients in both the private and public sectors and across a wide range of industries on all types of commercial transactions including intellectual property, construction, energy, IT, banking and charity law.
The dispute resolution team has an impressive clientele in a variety of practice areas including general commercial litigation, construction, property, defamation, disputes about wills and trusts, corporate recovery, insurance, intellectual property and IT, personal injury, debt recovery, procurement and product liability.
Employment & Immigration: The employment team is widely acknowledged for its expertise both locally and nationally. It offers guidance to clients, many of whom are businesses and lawyers operating in other jurisdictions, on the differences in employment law which exist in Northern Ireland and practical advice on measures which should be taken in specific circumstances.
Planning & Environmental: The planning and environmental team, at the forefront of this specialised area of law, has a wealth of experience in providing practical legal advice throughout the planning application process, appeals and inquiries. The firm also provides environmental and planning due diligence for property transactions and company acquisitions.
Private Client: The private client team is dedicated to providing high quality specialist advice on inheritance tax and estate planning, including the use of lifetime and testamentary trusts where appropriate. In addition, the team regularly advise on the administration of trusts and estates, enduring powers of attorney, nursing care issues and matters involving the Office of Care and Protection. The firm also has a flourishing family law practice which covers both matrimonial and children’s law and works alongside the private client department in this regard.
Property: The property team has extensive experience in all aspects of non-contentious commercial and residential property matters with a broad client portfolio including developers, investment institutions, national retail chains, PFI projects and joint ventures. The team is well used to working seamlessly with other professionals to deliver on major projects for clients.
CLIENTS Cleaver Fulton Rankin has a wide and varied client base. Clients include those from the insurance, construction, energy, insolvency, financial banking, manufacturing, retail, charity and public sectors. The firm’s clients include HSBC, Danske Bank, Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland, First Trust Bank, SSE Renewables, EirGrid, Invest NI, Titanic Quarter, George Best City Airport and the Alzheimer’s Society.
RECRUITMENT Cleaver Fulton Rankin understands the importance of nurturing young talent and recruits trainee solicitors on an annual basis. Each trainee has the opportunity to gain experience within each of the four departments under the direct supervision of an experienced solicitor. At present there are eight trainees employed with the firm.