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Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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.

Practice head(s):Patrick Fleming

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Forrester; Aaron Moore; Michael King

Testimonials

'The team is very client focused. Within Belfast I do not think there is anyone to beat them on commercial dispute resolution.'

'The outstanding feature of Jonathan Forrester is that he sets out the position and options in terms that clients can understand and shows great patience and understanding when explaining the situation.'

'Solicitor Rachel Gamble is most helpful and obviously very clued up on the case.'

'Cleaver Fulton Rankin provides a market-leading service in construction, procurement and commercial dispute resolution. The firm combines a strong traditional client base with a modern and efficient approach to litigation. It is in the top tier of Northern Irish law firms in these fields.'

'Jonathan Forrester is a strong team leader who has taken the practice forward.'

'Michael King stands out for his calmness under pressure.'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank

B&Q

Ulster Bank

Debenhams Properties

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

BMW (UK)

Invest Northern Ireland

Fossil UK

General Motors (UK)

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual purchaser in a professional negligence claim against the solicitor responsible for acting on the acquisition of a property
  • Acting for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in a dispute raised by a contractor in respect of an asbestos surveying services contract
  • Acting on behalf of the BAM McCann joint venture in a procurement dispute against the Department for Infrastructure relating to a major road scheme in Northern Ireland
  • Acting for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in respect of the retrieval of clinical study files held by a company in administration
  • Acting for HSBC Bank in a professional negligence action against a solicitors' firm relating to property over which the bank has security

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

The 'strong' Hilary Griffith leads the practice at Cleaver Fulton Rankin; she specialises in the higher education, life sciences and technology sectors, and has extensive M&A experience. The team handles corporate finance, M&A, private equity investment, joint ventures and corporate restructurings, among other matters. Agri-business, energy, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals are also areas of particular strength. Stephen Cross, who heads the firm's banking and finance and energy practices, advises on energy-related matters.

Practice head(s):Hilary Griffith

Other key lawyers:Stephen Cross

Testimonials

'The firm is particularly customer-focused and commercially aware.'

'Hilary Griffith is very commercial and very approachable, seeking to add value for clients wherever possible. She has a strong understanding of contract and commercial law, but take a pragmatic approach, listening to a client's needs.'

Key Clients

Ulster Carpet Mills (Holdings)

Lakeland Diaries

JMW Farms

Applegreen

Power NI

Catalyst

Dixons Contractors

Decora Blind Systems

Phion Therapeutics

Equitix Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lakeland Dairies Co-Operative Society in relation to its merger with Lacpatrick Co-Operative Society
  • Acted for Equitix Investment Management on its successful bid to purchase Firmus Energy
  • Advised the shareholders of Northern Ireland Plastics Group on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Jain (Europe)
  • Acted for Applegreen in relation to the sale of its Northern Irish assets to Welcome Break Group
  • Advised Jensen Hughes on the Northern Irish aspects of its acquisition of Jeremy Gardner Associates
Leading individuals

Hilary Griffith - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is praised for its 'positive, "can do" approach'; its areas of specialist advice include corporate finance, large-scale project finance and property finance, as well as funding for charitable and not-for-profit organisations. The team acts for major Northern Irish financial institutions, as well as international banks and investment funds, and advises specialised lenders on asset finance transactions. Its client base also includes a growing number of borrowers. Practice head Stephen Cross is 'very experienced and goes the extra mile to deliver for his client'; he specialises in energy project finance, while Deborah Archer is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):Stephen Cross

Other key lawyers:Deborah Archer

Testimonials

'Cleaver Fulton Rankin is approachable and proactive, with prompt turnarounds on all queries and requirements.'

'The team is diligent, thorough and responsive.'

'Cleaver Fulton Rankin is approachable and proactive. They provide prompt turnarounds on all queries and requirements.'

Key Clients

Danske Bank

HSBC Bank plc

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank Limited

First Trust Bank

Lakeland Dairies Group

Titanic Quarter Group

Northview Group

Nationwide Building Society

Close Brothers Asset Finance

Charity Bank

BNP Paribas

European Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Bank of Ireland (as security agent for a syndicate of banks) in relation to the €525m refinancing of facilities to the Dalata Group plc and its subsidiaries.
  • Advising Applegreen plc in relation to the €300m financing of its proposed acquisition of a majority stake in Welcome Break.
  • Advising Bank of Ireland in its capacity as super senior lender on the £60m investment by Perwyn in Lowe Rental.
  • Advising Lakeland Dairies Co-Operative Society Limited, a leading Irish dairy co-operative, on its proposed refinancing with a syndicate of lenders.
  • Advising the Titanic Quarter Group in the amendment and restatement of its existing £75m senior and mezzanine facilities.
Leading individuals

Deborah Archer - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Stephen Cross - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin has recently expanded its client base to include a number of international corporations, advising on complex, high-value corporate insolvency matters. The team's clients also include domestic and regional insolvency practitioners and financial institutions. The firm is also noted for its debt recovery practice. Practice head Jeanette Donohoe is 'definitely the go-to person for company and insolvency matters in Belfast'. Associate director Caitriona Morgan specialises in personal insolvency.

Practice head(s):Jeanette Donohoe

Other key lawyers:Caitriona Morgan

Testimonials

'The team is excellent. The lawyers really know their stuff and the subtle differences between Northern Irish and English company and insolvency law.'

'Jeanette Donohoe is outstanding: she is very client focused and supportive of the team, and also deeply knowledgeable in her area of expertise.'

Key Clients

Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals

Tridos Bank NV

Pepper Group (trading as Engage Commercial)

HSBC Bank Plc

Bank of Ireland (UK) Plc

AIB Bank (UK) Plc

McCambridge Duffy LLP

Danske Bank

Begbies Traynor LLP

Ulster Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in seeking recovery of clinical study files held by Bio-Kinetic Europe Limited (in administration).
  • Acting for Triodos Bank NV via the appointment of RSM Ireland as fixed charge receiver in respect of recovery from a Northern Irish debtor owing £1m.
  • Acting for Ernst & Young as administrator of Cloghogue Enterprises Limited (in administration), the owner of a large commercial business park in Newry.
  • Representing Begbies Traynor as trustee in bankruptcy of the bankruptcy estate of a local celebrity, Hugo Duncan.
  • Advising Bridgestones Limited as administrator of Bangor Blue Properties Limited (in administration).
Leading individuals

Jeanette Donohoe - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Rising stars

Caitriona Morgan - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin's 'attentive, available and on-the-ball' team represents a number of large employers in contentious disputes, as well as advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions and matters ranging from pensions to business immigration. It is noted for its strength in acting for public and education sector clients. The 'supportive and forward-thinking' Michael Black leads the team, which also includes associate director Aisling Byrne, who specialises in TUPE and procurement advice.

Practice head(s):Michael Black

Other key lawyers:Aisling Byrne; Nathan Campbell

Testimonials

'Michael Black and Nathan Campbell are straight talking, helpful and able to handle the toughest challenges with a cool and calm manner.'

'The team has a very tactful, supportive and pragmatic manner.  You are always confident of having received very sound advice.'

'Michael Black offers exceptional support; he is very pragmatic and empathetic and the advice he gives demonstrates his sound knowledge and understanding of the client's business.'

'Aisling Byrne sensibly understands the context of the client's sector and organisation and crafts her advice accordingly.'

'The team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin has excellent knowledge of the sector and the challenges being faced and the advice and support is always provided with this in mind.'

'Michael Black has an excellent understanding of the sector and always provides clear advice and solutions for the client.'

'Aisling Byrne is an outstanding solicitor: she has vast knowledge of employment law and is also commercially and business savvy. She takes a real interest in the client's business, which means her advice is always grounded in a practical context, ensuring the best possible outcomes.'

Key Clients

Titanic Belfast Ltd

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Regen Waste Ltd

Invision Software

H&MV Engineering Ltd

John Brown University

Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Livestock & Meat Commission for Northern Ireland

JC Decaux

GTT EMEA Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Titanic Belfast on the implementation of GDPR and on general employment matters ranging from disciplinary and grievance issues to drafting policies and procedures.
  • Advising Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council on GDPR implementation and the employment and pensions aspects of the council’s cleaning and catering tender, which was redrafted prior to the re-tendering process, among other matters.
  • Advising Regen Waste on TUPE issues and director service agreements, among other matters.
  • Advising InVision on the termination of an employee’s employment and the ensuing employment dispute, as well as redundancy law requirements relating to the closure of the client's Derry office.
  • Advising H&MV Engineering Ltd on immigration matters, including visa applications and the upcoming potential effect of Brexit on its cross-border activities.
Rising stars

Aisling Byrne - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Northern Ireland: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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.

Practice head(s):Michael King

Other key lawyers:Marc Kelly

Key Clients

RSA Insurance

AIG Insurance

AON Claims Management

Musgrave Limited

Equine and

Livestock Insurance Company

Sainsbury’s

Irish Cycling Federation

BMI Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for AON in respect of a claim where the plaintiff suffered an injury in a shop.
  • Advising AON on a personal injury claim by a retail employee who suffered a fall at work.
  • Acting for RSA Insurance in a personal injury claim relating to a slipping incident at an outlet of a national chain of restaurants in Belfast.
  • Advising AON on an occupier’s liability claim in respect of injuries sustained by the employee of a contractor.
  • Acting for RSA in relation to a personal injury claim arising from an RTA.

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Cleaver 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'.

Practice head(s):Michael Graham

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Forrester; Timothy Rankin

Testimonials

'Cleaver Fulton Rankin are consummate professionals. They are all very approachable, speak in plain English and respond promptly to enquires. The depth of knowledge which they are able to seamlessly draw upon between different specialist departments has proven to be invaluable.'

'I have full confidence in Michael Graham that his recommendations are without doubt and that he has the client's best interests at heart.'

'Associate Paula Gibson is utterly professional and meticulous in her approach.'

'Michael Graham has built a strong and competent team of individuals. They are approachable, professional and diligent in their manner with clients.'

'Michael Graham is a strong leader and will be the main go-to person in the firm in respect of all private client matters. He is very professional, very good technically and instills confidence in his area of expertise.'

'The team is highly efficient and excellent at communicating. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they will react swiftly to requests. All of the individuals are extremely professional and highly capable.'

'The team's engagement with clients is first class and they will go the extra mile for clients. They focus on the client, which makes working with them a pleasure. Stand-out individuals are associates Judith Jones and Paula Gibson.'

'Johnny Forrester is extremely approachable, knowledgeable about the charitable sector, and responds in a timely manner.'

'Tim Rankin is polite with a good sense of humour and can always answer any specialist queries on trusts, probate or personal taxation.'

Key Clients

The Esme Mitchell Trust

The Blackburn Trust

The Alzheimer’s Society

Bryson Charitable Group

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Focus

Age NI

Work highlights

  • Advising on the administration of the Esme Mitchell Trust, including grant administration.
  • Advising on the administration of the Blackburn Trust, including grant administration.
  • Advising on the administration of a high-value estate.
  • Advising a prominent Irish artist on estate planning.
  • Appointed by the court as independent administrator of a complex cross-border estate.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Forrester - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Michael Graham - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Rising stars

Timothy Rankin - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin's wide-ranging client base includes renewable developers, UK and international investment funds, banks, large utilities, system operators and regulatory bodies. The 'strong' team advises on the financing of significant energy projects, high-profile M&A transactions in the energy sector, and regulatory issues. Stephen Cross, who has particular expertise in energy regulation and project finance, leads the team. Karen Blair and Joe Marley handle the planning and real estate aspects of energy transactions.

Practice head(s):Stephen Cross

Other key lawyers:Karen Blair; Joe Marley

Key Clients

Equitix Investment Management

EirGrid Plc

SONI Limited

Blackrock

Wirsol Energy

Assured Energy

Close Brothers

BNRG Energy

AES

Electricity Supply Board

Work highlights

  • Acting for Equitix Investment Management in its successful bid to purchase Firmus Energy, one of the largest local natural gas distributors and suppliers in Northern Ireland.
  • Advising EirGrid plc and SONI Limited, the system operators in Ireland and Northern Ireland, on the European Market Integration Project (EMIP) which was implemented in Ireland and Northern Ireland in October 2018.
  • Acting for Blackbee Investment Limited on its financing of six wind turbine projects in Northern Ireland.
  • Advising Assured Energy on the development of AD biomass plants.
  • Acting for Close Brothers Asset Finance on its financing of a number of renewables projects across Northern Ireland.
Leading individuals

Stephen Cross - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin's 'responsive and attentive' team is highly active advising local developers on major residential, commercial, hotel and office developments. In addition, it regularly assists investors with the purchase of property assets and advises on large energy sector projects; other areas of expertise include retail, renewables and telecoms. The team includes the 'well-respected' Kathryn Collie; Joe Marley, who provides 'clear and concise' advice; and Alan McAlister, who specialises in city centre developments.

Practice head(s):Joe Marley; Kathryn Collie; Alan McAlister; Jeanette Donohoe

Testimonials

'Cleaver Fulton Rankin is well resourced to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of real estate transactions, including planning and environmental. It provides a "one-stop" shop, with strong leadership throughout transactions. Its local knowledge and experience is invaluable.'

'Kathryn Collie provides consistent leadership and she has an excellent understanding of clients' key concerns and objectives. Her knowledge of the market means her advice is pragmatic and effective. Her good humour and calm manner are welcomed.'

'Kathryn Collie is a very experienced property solicitor with a wide range of knowledge. Kathryn is also more pragmatic and commercial than many other lawyers, and focuses on the most important aspects of potential deals.'

'Cleaver Fulton Rankin is an excellent firm with an impeccable tradition. The team is one of the longest-established dedicated commercial real estate teams in Belfast and the best in Northern Ireland. It boasts a number of exceptional real estate lawyers: their standards are outstanding, they take the time to understand the client's business, and their attention to detail is excellent.'

'Joe Marley has excellent legal knowledge and always acts in the client's best interests He is a very hard worker and always makes himself available. He is a strong negotiator, but respectful of his peers.'

'Alan McAlister has many years experience acting in real estate transactions. He has wide-ranging legal knowledge, both in real estate transactional work and real estate litigation. He is a smart guy and a very easy to deal with.'

'Associate Nemonie Fulton is very organised, with great experience and legal knowledge. She is very thorough, patient and diligent.'

'The team is well resourced and highly skilled in the delivery of legal solutions.'

Key Clients

Dalradian Gold Limited

T J Morris (Home Bargains)

BT plc

Primark

Telefonica UK Limited (O2)

Titanic Quarter

JMW Farms

Aberdeen Asset Management

Catalyst Inc

Vodafone Limited

Chart Forte (Belfast) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Titanic Quarter in relation to its iconic mixed-use development, which includes retail, residential, office and hotel developments and a visitors centre.
  • Advising Dalradian Gold Limited in relation to a £750m gold-mining project in County Tyrone.
  • Advising Home Bargains in its rapid expansion and roll-out of stores throughout Northern Ireland, including the acquisition of Castlebawn Retail Park, Newtownards, for £8.5m.
  • Acting for a wholly owned subsidiary of JMW Farms Ltd in the sale of two farms in England to Cranswick Country Foods Plc.
  • Advising house builder Latner 10 Developments on the acquisition of development sites through to construction and the sales of individual units.
Leading individuals

Joe Marley - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Kathryn Collie - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin has expanded its non-contentious construction practice, advising on major local hotel, leisure and education sector projects. The team is also noted for its strength in advising public sector clients and charitable organisations. On the contentious side, the firm has a strong track record of handling high-value disputes. Practice head Patrick Fleming regularly advises local authorities on large projects; Lisa Boyd has expertise in procurement-related construction disputes; and Aaron Moore specialises in dilapidation disputes. Julie-Ann McCaffrey-Flynn moved to an in-house role.

Practice head(s):Patrick Fleming

Other key lawyers:Lisa Boyd; Aaron Moore

Testimonials

'The construction team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin is always a pleasure to deal with. It is the leading team of its kind in Northern Ireland. The expertise and efficiency of the team knows no bounds; it has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this and other fields.'

'Lisa Boyd is an exceptional lawyer with vast experience in construction matters. No task or request is too great for her. Lisa is always willing to go the extra mile and provides clear, concise and accurate advice in a timely manner.'

'Solicitor Marc Kelly is an up-and-coming member of the team. His work ethic is insatiable and his ability to advise on an ad hoc basis very impressive.'

'Cleaver Fulton Rankin's construction team gets to grips with the important issues efficiently and accurately. It always offers considered solutions to difficult issues, whether in adjudication or arbitration.'

'Aaron Moore's pragmatic approach delivers sound advice, quality submissions and clarity at all stages of a dispute. He quickly determines the critical issues to be addressed and evidenced and develops those issues in great detail. He is a formidable person to be on your side of a case.'

'Aaron Moore and Lisa Boyd stand out in terms of service provision. They are prepared to give strong early advice to clients so that informed decisions are made at an early stage of a dispute.

Key Clients

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Northern Regional Colleges

Armagh Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

The Charles Sheils Charity

Work highlights

  • Advised the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on a planned maintenance scheme for its stock of around 89,000 dwellings.
  • Advised Northern Regional College on the procurement and construction of two further colleges.
  • Advising Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council on the procurement and construction documents for a large leisure facility.
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on the building contract for a major adaption to its housing stock.
  • Representing the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in a dispute raised by a contractor in respect of an asbestos surveying services contract.
Leading individuals

Lisa Boyd - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Patrick Fleming - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Next Generation Partners

Aaron Moore - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Cleaver Fulton Rankin has particular expertise in judicial review, as well as advising on planning applications and environmental impact assessments for high-profile local developments, particularly in the infrastructure, natural resources, energy and waste sectors. In addition to major Northern Irish companies, the team counts several local planning authorities among its clients. Karen Blair leads the team, which was bolstered by the arrival of associate Brendan Martyn from Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP in February 2018.

Practice head(s):Karen Blair

Other key lawyers:Brendan Martyn

Testimonials

'The team stands out for its professionalism and expertise, coupled with the capacity for very hard work.'

'Karen Blair presents calm and focused advice in high-pressure, high-value cases. Her commitment serves as the benchmark for the team, and is an exceptionally high standard to aim for.'

'The addition of Brendan Martyn is a significant plus that will pay dividends. He  is demonstrating the same high standard that is expected of this firm.'

'Solicitor Jane McManus is a recent addition showing promise in complex case work.'

'The in-depth knowledge that the team has in the relevant sector is second to none. It would possibly be seen as one of the leaders, if not the leader, within planning and permitting legal advice within Northern Ireland.'

'Karen Blair particularly stands out; she has a great ability to articulate any issues and risks and the mitigation in relation to planning and permitting in a really clear, concise manner.'

Key Clients

Dalradian Gold Limited

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Choice Housing Ireland Limited

Assured Energy LLP

Belfast City Airport

C&V Developments Limited

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

The Old Bushmills Distillery Co Limited

Intu Properties

Mid Ulster District Council

Natural World Products Limited

MJM Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Dalradian Gold Limited on all consenting and operational aspects of its proposed gold mine development in Co Tyrone, the largest development of its type ever undertaken in Northern Ireland.
  • Advising Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council on all aspects of its powers as a planning and enforcement authority, including advising its planning committee and defending numerous judicial reviews in the High Court.
  • Advising the client in relation to judicial review proceedings in respect of the decision of the Department  for Infrastructure (DFI) to accept its planning application.
  • Advising Belfast City Airport on its controversial proposal to vary the planning agreement which controls operations at the airport.
  • Advising Intu in relation to its redevelopment of the Sprucefield Retail Park outside Lisburn.
Leading individuals

Karen Blair - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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.

Practice head(s):Hilary Griffith

Other key lawyers:Michael King

Testimonials

'Primarily, the team is knowledgeable about the client's industry. They are available, fast to respond, and flexible to work with. Their depth of knowledge and guidance has been a great benefit, and they are solution focused rather than protectionist or problem focused.'

'The team stands out for its awareness of the client's industry, the availability of additional experience and expertise, and its responsiveness.'

'Solicitor Kathryn Laverty's willingness to walk us through areas we are not experts in, and her ability to communicate clearly and then listen to our plan and objectives, is fantastic.'

Key Clients

Export Technologies

Linen Hall Library

The Belfast Hotel Group

Barclays Telecoms

Age NI

Phion Therapeutics Limited

Photonic Measurements Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a manufacturing client in relation to the defence of an emergency application for an injunction by a competitor. The case involved allegations that the client induced the competitor’s former employee to breach contract, obtain confidential information and breach its registered design rights.
  • Acting for a hotel group client in the defence of a breach of trade mark claim.
  • Acting for a telecoms provider in a dispute with a subcontractor over the ownership and use of software.
  • Advising Catalyst Inc in relation to the proposal for a new fintech innovation space to be situated in Danske Bank in Belfast. This involved drafting and negotiating an appropriate partnership agreement between Catalyst Inc and Danske Bank in relation to the operation and management of the hub and an associated online innovation portal.
  • Acting for the provider of an online retailer platform in a dispute with one of its clients which involves allegations of breach of copyright and data breach and service issues.

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