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Joe Marley

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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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!)

Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s energy practice attracts praise for its ‘comprehensive and focused’ advice and ‘excellent and efficient service’. The group assists a client base of banks, investment funds, regulatory bodies and renewable energy developers with financings, acquisitions and regulatory matters involving wind, solar and electricity projects. Practice head Stephen Cross, who is ‘excellent and pragmatic’, led the advice to BlackRock Real Assets, as shareholder in solar energy company Lightsource Renewable Energy, regarding the construction of a 50MW Northern Irish solar farm project by the latter. Other clients include Wirsol, First Trust Bank, Gaelectric and BlackBee Investments. Karen Blair and Joe Marley are the key names for planning and property-related mandates.

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Leading individuals

Joe Marley - Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Within: Commercial property

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s property practice has ‘good strength in depth’ and provides ‘a professional service’. The group continues to act for investment funds, developers, and retail owners in high-value acquisitions, lease matters and refinancing issues. In a standout mandate in 2017, practice head Joe Marley , who garners praise for his ‘sound commercial acumen’, advised Hewlett Packard on renewing a multimillion-pound lease for premises based in Newtownabbey; this location was strategically important as it was used to host back-up systems for blue chip clients. The matter was heard before the Lands Tribunal due to a dispute with the landlord of the premises, before an agreement favourable to the client was reached. The ‘knowledgeableKathryn Collie is ‘very experienced and looks at the bigger picture’. The ‘thorough and commercially mindedAlan McAlister is noted for his experience in city centre development matters. Associate Nemonie Fulton attracts praise for her 'extensive conveyancing knowledge'.

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