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

Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Northern Ireland
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Work Department

Employment, education, dispute resolution.


Michael is the head of the employment and business immigration law team and also leads the firm’s HR consultancy, CFR HR. Michael has been with Cleaver Fulton Rankin since 2008, having qualified as a solicitor in 1993.

Michael has considerable experience in employment law and HR advisory work and is also involved in education and charity law as well as dispute resolution. Michael is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development by examination.

Michael acts for a number of public, private and third sector organisations including Invest NI, Catalyst, DailyPay, IceMOS Technology, Sports Council Northern Ireland, National Museums Northern Ireland, Titanic Belfast Limited, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, CCEA Northern Regional College, South Eastern Regional College and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman’s Office.


Michael qualified 1993 and previously worked for the Equality Commission and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Currently a Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin. Michael has published a number of articles, webinars and podcasts on a variety of legal issues in local and national press and business magazines including: The Belfast Telegraph and The Lawyer. He has also appeared on television and radio speaking on employment and equality law matters. Michael is also a contributor to ‘International Employment Law’, published by CILS annually.


Law Society of Northern Ireland; Law Society of England and Wales; Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development; Belfast Solicitors Association; Employment Lawyers Group NI; Employment Lawyers Association; Education Lawyers Group.


Queen’s University Belfast (1991 Law Degree (2.1); Queen’s University Belfast (1993 Certificate in Professional Legal Studies); University of Ulster (1995, Masters in Business Administration); Queen’s University Belfast (2000 Diploma in Personnel Management (CIPD qualification)).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Michael BlackCleaver Fulton Rankin

Described as a ‘one-stop shop for any employment law enquiry‘, Cleaver Fulton Rankin advises both public and private sector clients, covering a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head and ‘excellent advocate‘ Michael Black advises on all aspects of employment law, but has a particular interest in equality and discrimination matters.