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Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Northern Ireland
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Work Department

Real estate- commercial property, utilities and energy.


Joe is a Director and Head of Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s commercial property department. He acts for a wide variety of clients across all aspects of property law, including commercial leasing, disposals and acquisitions, portfolio management, property finance and development and has particular expertise in the renewable energy, retail and telecoms sectors. Joe’s advises clients from the public and private sectors, including energy and utility companies, renewable developers, telecommunication providers, retailers, banks, local councils and charities.


Trained Cleaver Fulton Rankin; qualified 2004; partner/director in present firm 2012. Publications of note: Joe has published several articles on property law matters in local press and business magazines.


Law Society of Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Commercial Property Lawyers Association.


St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh; Trinity College Dublin (2002 LLB); Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queens University, Belfast (2004).


Sport (increasingly more as a follower than participant these days!)

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Commercial property

(Leading individuals)

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin has a ‘good solid real estate team‘, which is notably adept in the retail, manufacturing, telecoms, leisure and hospitality sectors. The firm is also a major player in the energy industry, with it having advised clients on large-scale solar and wind energy projects in Northern Ireland. Other cornerstones of the practice include residential and commercial development work, and the firm is also prominent in major office lettings in Belfast and further afield in Northern Ireland. The client base includes public sector bodies, developers, housing associations, household-name retailers and investment funds. Department head Joe Marley works with Kathryn Collie who is skilled in acquisitions and disposals of development land, as well as commercial leasing, among other matters. Alan McAlister and associate Shane Conlan are also recommended.

Northern Ireland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is ‘diligent and effective in the Northern Ireland renewable energy sector’, advising on wind and solar farms in the region. The team also handles traditional energy work, especially projects involving natural gas and mining issues. Stephen Cross leads the practice and is also equipped to handle projects involving the tourism sector and agribusinesses. Also supporting the team is corporate partner Hilary Griffith and property expert Joe Marley, who both have expertise in energy and infrastructure matters.