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Patrick Fleming

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Dispute resolution, banking litigation, construction, procurement and projects.


Patrick is a director and head of the commercial litigation department. He currently advises many leading financial institutions on pursuit of claims of professional negligence. He specialises in construction law and has represented many clients in all forms of dispute resolution including Arbitration, Adjudication, Mediation and High Court Litigation.  He also practices in the area of non-contentious construction law.


Trained Cleaver Fulton Rankin; qualified 1999; partner in present firm 2006. Publications of note: Patrick has published several articles on a variety of legal issues on the local press and trade magazines.


Law Society of Northern Ireland and Society of Construction Law.


Queen’s University Belfast (1997, LLB joint honours Law and Accounting); Queen’s University Belfast (1999 Certificate in Professional Legal Studies).

Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Cleaver Fulton Rankin ’s ‘excellent’ litigation team is ‘responsive, flexible, accommodating, enthusiastic, hardworking and possesses a strong commercial sense’. Practice head Patrick Fleming (‘shrewd and approachable’) is leading advice to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in an ongoing dispute brought by a contractor concerning an asbestos surveying services contract. In another mandate, Aaron Moore , who is well known for his expertise in property matters, represented the Charles Shiels Charity in a claim against the project architect and building contractor responsible for the design, contract management, redevelopment and refurbishment of 18 charitable houses in Northern Ireland. Fergal Maguire (‘his communication skills are exceptional and his advice is meticulous, clear and easy to follow’) is acting for Victoria Housing Estates in a dispute with three former directors concerning alleged misappropriation of funds worth £20m; this matter is complex as some of the funds were allegedly diverted to a number of associated companies set up by one of the directors and as the client is now registered as a charity, the diverting of assets could be considered actionable. Managing director Jonathan Forrester (‘driven and pragmatic’)  advises on high-value construction disputes, and Michael King has expertise in intellectual property disputes.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Patrick Fleming - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Within: Construction

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s corporate practice houses a ‘very capable team with sound commercial acumen, expert knowledge and an ability to offer clear advice’, according to clients. It is very well known for handling contentious construction matters and has seen an uptick in non-contentious instructions. Prominent areas of activity for the group in 2017 included infrastructure, housing, education, and leisure projects. In a recent highlight, the firm advised the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on a £3.5bn contract relating to a planned maintenance scheme for 89,000 properties. Practice head Patrick Fleming is praised for being ‘client friendly’ and ‘very hard-working’. Lisa Boyd  is recommended for her ‘real depth of knowledge in procurement and construction cases’; construction litigator Aaron Moore is ‘very sharp and focused’. Associate Julie-Ann McCaffrey-Flynn  is ‘always proactive’, ‘tries her hardest for her clients’, and is singled out for her ‘impressive ability to identify and focus on key issues’.

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