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Hilary Griffith

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Hilary is Head of Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s corporate team. Hilary has extensive experience in all types of corporate finance, transactional and commercial work. This includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investment, corporate governance, reorganisations and restructurings, joint ventures and collaborations and commercial contracts.


Admitted as a Solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1998; Partner in L’Estrange and Brett from 1998-2012; Head of Contracts Team, Queen’s University, Belfast in 2013; Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP from 2014-2016; and joined Cleaver Fulton Rankin as a Director in 2017.


Law Society of Northern Ireland (1998 - Present).


Queen's University Belfast - LL.B (Hons) in Law; and Institute of Professional Legal Studies - CPLS.

Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Hilary Griffith - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Within: Corporate and M&A

The corporate team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin  continued to assist clients from the technology, energy, pharmaceuticals and real estate sectors, and saw an increase in instructions from the agri-food and manufacturing sectors. Recent highlights include advising pork production company JMW Farms on the acquisition of the business and assets of Woodlark Farming and assisting LE Pritchitt & Co, a member of the Lakeland Dairies Group, with three contracts to install two production lines in a cross-border matter involving Germany, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The group also represented not-for-profit company Catalyst in a successful proposal for a new innovation centre to be constructed in Ballymena. Practice head Hilary Griffith has a ‘good personal style but can be tough when required’. In June 2017 Scott Kennedy moved to Millar McCall Wylie LLP .

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Recent work for Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s IP practice includes advising tech start-up companies on licensing and due diligence pertaining to investments, as well as assisting with contentious IP instructions. Highlights included assisting CIGA Healthcare with IPR aspects pertaining to the follow-on investment received from equity fund Co-Fund NI for expanding its diagnostic technology into foreign markets, and acting for Linen Hall Library on copyright and licensing matters following the digitalisation of its 'Divided Society' project. Corporate partner Hilary Griffith heads the team, which also includes senior solicitor Kathryn Laverty; Michael King leads on the contentious matters. Scott Kennedy moved to Millar McCall Wylie LLP  in June 2017.

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