Developing talent is a core value of Cleaver Fulton Rankin. People are the backbone of our firm and the service we provide to our clients. We invest in a broad range of development opportunities, for all employees no matter what their role, from specialist practice training for our solicitors to softer business skills for our support team.

Solicitor Trainee Programme –Developing talented legal graduates

The firm presently has 8 Trainees, 4 due to qualify in 2019 and 4 due to qualify in 2020.

At Cleaver Fulton Rankin each trainee is provided with the opportunity to spend a period of 6 months in each of four different department seats. A general induction programme takes place at the beginning of September for each new intake of Trainees and this will be followed up by departmental induction as each Trainee joins a new department.

From day one trainees are exposed to some of the most challenging and interesting commercial legal work and given the opportunity to handle cases, see clients and carry out many of the responsibilities of a solicitor. This fantastic exposure to learning whilst working alongside experienced professionals ensures that our trainees develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become great lawyers.

As training progresses and through regular reviews our trainees begin to identify their own personal career path within the company and are encouraged to challenge themselves to develop a reputation as a specialist in their chosen area of law.

Trainee Recruitment

Recruitment for trainees is now open for Application. The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday, 16th November 2018.

We intend to recruit 4 Trainees and will hold an Open Evening at our office on Wednesday, 14th November 2018 commencing at 5:30 to 7:30 pm to give you an opportunity to come along and find out more about Cleaver Fulton Rankin and what we offer.

Places are limited for the Open Evening. To reserve your place please call Joanne Graham on 028 9024 3141 or email by 5pm on Tuesday, 13th November 2018.

Please click here for an Application Form and here for a Monitoring form. 

Summer Placement Scheme

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is delighted to offer university students in their penultimate year of study the opportunity to attend a one week placement at the firm.

The placement position will provide you with an insight into working at a commercial firm, the role of a solicitor, as well as giving you first-hand experience of the court environment.

This scheme is currently closed and will reopen in 2019.


Please click here to apply for current vacancies.


Dispute Resolution Lawyer – Belfast

Cleaver Fulton Rankin, one of Northern Ireland’s leading law firms, is seeking an ambitious and highly motivated lawyer to join our very busy team in Belfast.

Candidates should have between 0-3 years PQE with experience in the Magistrates, County and High Courts.  Experience in judicial Review and Liquor Licensing would be particularly advantageous.

Candidates should have high academic credentials, entrepreneurial vision, commercial aptitude, marketing and practice development skills, a strong team ethic and a desire to learn.

The remuneration package will be commensurate with the level of experience and responsibility involved.

Closing date: 28 November 2018

Please apply here.


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