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Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Northern Ireland
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Work Department

Private client


Michael is the head of Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Private Client Department which offers a full service to clients including wills, administration of estates and trusts, tax planning and matters affecting elderly clients. He also deals with a substantial amount of Office of Care & Protection Work including Controllerships and applications for statutory wills. Michael was instrumental in the formation of the Northern Ireland Branch of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners in November 2007. Michael was Chairman of the branch from 2021 to 2015.


Trained Boyd & Hutchinson, London; Qualified 2002; James Murland & Company, Downpatrick, 2003-04; Cleaver Fulton Rankin 2005- to present; partner/director in present firm 2010. Publications of note: Michael has produced articles for a number of different publications and lectures widely on Private Client matters.


Law Society of England and Wales; Law Society of Northern Ireland; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; founder member of the Northern Ireland Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.


University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1999 LLB (Hons)); University of Northumbria (2000 Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Michael GrahamCleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin fields a team with expertise across the full scope of personal legal matters, with particular aptitude for the administration of private and charitable trusts. Michael Graham has been department head since 2013 and specialises in trusts, tax, the administration of estates, and issues affecting the elderly. Managing Director Jonathan Forrester is singled out for contentious probate and trust litigation. Director Timothy Rankin has significant expertise in trust management.