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January 26, 2015

Two young solicitors from leading Belfast law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin have been elected to top positions in the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association. (NIYSA)

Timothy Rankin has been elected as Chair for the 2015 session, with his colleague Julie-Ann McCaffrey elected as Vice-Chair.

The Association was set up in 1984 as a formal network of young solicitors to help bridge the generation gap with the Law Society, Its committee’s aims are to facilitate the interaction between young lawyers in Northern Ireland and those in other jurisdictions, throughout Europe in particular.  It also provides education and continuous professional development.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin trainee solicitor Rachael McCord will also have a place on the committee as a Trainee Representative.   All the elected members will represent the views of young solicitors, organising activities of an educational and social nature; encouraging contact with other young solicitors’ Associations and with other professions; and maintaining contact with the Law Society of Northern Ireland, the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education and the European Young Bar Association.

Timothy said, “This is a great honour for me and Julie-Ann to have been elected by our peers to these key roles in the Young Solicitors’ Association, and we look forward to developing an exciting year of events.   Cleaver Fulton Rankin Director, William Cross also chaired the association over 20 years ago, shortly after it was formed, so we are both delighted that the firm’s links with the Association have continued over the years.”

Timothy is also Secretary of the European Young Bar Association, a not-for-profit, multinational young lawyers association founded in 1993 to encourage links between young lawyers throughout Europe.