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

Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Northern Ireland
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Work Department

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


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.


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.


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


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

Patrick Fleming leads the team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, which counts construction and commercial disputes as particular strengths, although it is also active in energy-related, insolvency, procurement and public sector litigation. In addition, the team has developed niche practices in a number of areas: managing director Jonathan Forrester specialises in probate and trust litigation; Aaron Moore has a growing product liability practice; and Michael King handles IP litigation. Clients include major financial institutions, plcs and public bodies.

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

Cleaver Fulton Rankin advises leading Northern Irish companies on the exploitation and protection of IP assets and the IP aspects of corporate transactions, as well as handling a variety of trade mark and copyright disputes. Growing areas of expertise include advising on research collaborations and clinical trials. Hilary Griffith, who has extensive experience in IP matters in the technology, life sciences and education sectors, leads the non-contentious side of the practice, while Michael King handles IP litigation.

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

Cleaver Fulton Rankin handles high-value personal injury claims for a number of large insurers, and also acts for several retail clients in employers’ liability matters. The team’s expertise also covers public liability, RTAs and occupational disease claims. Practice head Michael King has also expanded the firm’s medical negligence practice. The team was strengthened by the addition of solicitor Marc Kelly from Hool Law in June 2018.