Happy Birthday Cleaver Fulton Rankin

January 1, 2018

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is Legal 500 Northern Ireland Law Firm of the Year for 2018.

As the holidays fade and January starts to creep in, Cleaver Fulton Rankin settles in to its 125th year of providing legal excellence for Northern Ireland. Formed in 1893, Cleaver Fulton Rankin is particularly well-known for its expertise in commercial law, commercial property, construction law, intellectual property, employment, banking, dispute resolution, planning and environmental law, corporate recovery, IT, private client and charity law.

As one of Northern Ireland’s largest commercial law firms Cleaver Fulton Rankin is very well respected in both the local market and from a wider global perspective. This high level of service has not gone unnoticed and in December the firm received the prestigious award of ‘The legal 500 Northern Ireland Law Firm of the Year’ for 2018.

The Belfast-based firm, which employs 100 staff at its city centre location, fought off stiff competition from other leading practices to clinch the title. Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Managing Director, Jonathan Forrester, said he was delighted with the firm’s latest accolade which had particular significance given the process by which the winners were selected.

“The Legal 500 Awards are amongst the most prestigious out there for our profession. This is a real tribute to the energy, talent and professionalism of our growing team and is particularly fitting as it comes on the eve of our 125th year in business.”

The firm is listed as one of just a few ‘key players’ among Northern Ireland practices and with eight of the firm’s directors having been rated  as ‘leading individuals’ within their respective fields it is no surprise that they have been chosen for some of Northern Ireland’s most exciting projects, such as the planning and construction of the iconic Titanic Belfast building as well as its recent refinancing deal.

2017 brought Cleaver Fulton Rankin one of its most successful years ever in terms of industry awards, with Director Aaron Moore named on Business First’s ‘Northern Ireland 40 under 40’ List 2017 and Senior Solicitor Rachael Gamble having recently won the ‘Young Lawyer of the Year’ award at the 2017 LawNet Awards.

In addition to the awards the firm has won, they were a finalist in the Belfast Business Awards 2017 for ‘Best Company to Work For’ and Associate Anna McClimonds was shortlisted for the ‘Young Leader of the Year’ Award 2017.

Jonathan Forrester is delighted with the strong performance but points out that it’s not a case of the firm resting on its laurels: “Whilst we celebrate our 125th anniversary we are determined to maintain our exciting strategic development of recent years. These results provide further evidence that Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a firm with industry-leading expertise. Our continual focus upon our clients’ objectives and a strong commercial awareness has helped drive the growth of our business in recent years.”

Having had the privilege of 2017 being one of their most rewarding years to date, Cleaver Fulton Rankin is excited to continue on this upward trajectory into its 125th year.