Jonathan Forrester > Cleaver Fulton Rankin > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Northern Ireland
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Work Department

Dispute resolution, construction.


Jonathan is the Managing Director of Cleaver Fulton Rankin specialising in real estate litigation, construction disputes, disputes about Wills and Trusts and commercial litigation. Jonathan is especially adept at handling high value class actions in property disputes. Cases have ranged from a multi million pound class action on behalf of 66 residents of a housing development, to acting in a dispute between joint venture partners in connection with a landmark commercial property, which settled for a sum in excess of £100m. Jonathan is also currently acting for Titanic Quarter Limited in relation to the enforcement of contracts for the sale of apartments at the Arc Residential Complex. He has also developed a strong reputation in the area of probate and trust litigation. In particular, he regularly acts for major charities in proceedings concerning the validity of wills, Inheritance Order claims, construction summonses and rectification proceedings. He has previously been described by Legal 500 interviews as ‘a truly excellent litigator’, who provides ‘excellent litigation advice’. Jonathan is also a keen proponent of alternative dispute resolution and has successfully completed the alternative dispute resolution and mediation training provided by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.


Trained Cleaver Fulton Rankin; qualified 2001; assistant solicitor, Cleaver Fulton Rankin 2001-04; associate, Cleaver Fulton Rankin 2004-08; Partner/Director, Cleaver Fulton Rankin 2008 to 2017. Managing Director, Cleaver Fulton Rankin 2017 to present. Current directorships: Cleaver Fulton Rankin. Publications of note: Jonathan has published several articles on a variety of legal issues in the Northern Irish Press and Business magazines, including the Belfast Telegraph, Business First and the Institute of Legacy Management newsletters. He has also given presentations to numerous local businesses and NICVA.


Law Society of Northern Ireland; Society of Construction Law.


Queen’s University Belfast (1997, LLB Hons); Queen’s University Belfast (1999, MSc Information Management); Queen’s University Belfast (2001, Institute for Professional Legal Studies).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Jonathan ForresterCleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is noted for advising on tax and estate planning for high-net-worth individuals and the administration of complex estates. The team acts for the trustees of large charitable trusts, and is also ‘very well regarded in the charity legacy sector‘, assisting UK-based charities with the administration of Northern Irish estates. Practice head Michael Graham  has expertise in issues affecting elderly clients and Office of Care and Protection work. Managing director Jonathan Forrester handles contentious probate and trust litigation. Associate director Timothy Rankin stands out for his ‘personal service‘ and ‘specific specialist advice‘.

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.