Michael King > Cleaver Fulton Rankin > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Cleaver Fulton Rankin
50 BEDFORD STREET
BELFAST
BT2 7FW
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Intellectual Property; Data Protection; GDPR; Cyber Risk; Litigation

Position

Michael King is a commercial litigator with particular expertise in intellectual property and information law. He regularly advises on cases involving freedom of information and data protection issues. Recently he has been working with organisations on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Career

2004 to 2006 – trainee solicitor, Arthur Cox, Belfast; 2006 to 2010 – associate solicitor, Arthur Cox, Belfast; 2010 to 2012 – assistant solicitor, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Belfast; 2012 to 2016 – associate solicitor, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Belfast; 2016 to present- director, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Belfast.

Memberships

Law Society of Northern Ireland; 2017 – joined the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association as representative for Cleaver Fulton Rankin.

Education

2002 – LLB from Queen’s University of Belfast (2:1); 2003 – LLM in International Human Rights Law from Queen’s University Belfast; 2006 – Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Distinction) from Queen’s University Belfast; 2006 – admitted as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature in Northern Ireland; 2008 – Postgraduate Certificate in Commercial Intellectual Property (Dip CIP) from Nottingham Trent University; 2010 – admitted as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature in England & Wales; 2012 – qualified as a mediator with Queen’s University Belfast; 2015 – certified as a practitioner in data protection (Pc.dp); 2017 – joined the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association as representative for Cleaver Fulton Rankin.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution

The ‘well informed and well connectedCleaver Fulton Rankin is particularly active in the construction and public sectors, often acting on high-value contract disputes. Department head Jeanette Donohoe specialises in insolvency litigation and regularly acts in High Court disputes. Former head Patrick Fleming remains a director in the department and focuses on construction and procurement law. Fleming’s focus on construction is shared by managing director Jonathan Forrester, who additionally leads on professional negligence and charities. Michael King and Aaron Moore are also recommended. Associate Rachael Gamble provides key support.

Northern Ireland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Michael KingCleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin act on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and are particularly active in the technology and software sector. The team is co-led by litigator Michael King, who is experienced in contentious IP, and corporate partner Paul McBride, who joined the firm from Davidson McDonnell Solicitors in January 2022.

Northern Ireland > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is primarily active on liability cases, frequently representing clients before the High Court. Michael King leads the team and has notable experience in dealing with complex personal injury claims. His qualified in mediation and alternative dispute resolution is a further asset.