The construction team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin is one of the few specialist legal construction teams in Northern Ireland with vast experience in both contentious and non contentious construction work. Our team currently advises prominent developers, public bodies, funders, construction professionals and contractors on a wide range of construction matters.

On the non-contentious side, our team has been involved in a diverse range of building projects including hotels, offices, theatres, cemeteries, retail parks, schools, road schemes, pharmaceutical service centres, further and higher education colleges, residential premises, entertainment facilities and much more.

On the contentious side, our team works closely with each client to avoid costly litigation where possible. The team has extensive experience of Alternative Dispute Resolution, in particular adjudication, arbitration and mediation and many of our solicitors are qualified mediators.

Content divide

Areas of Expertise

Contentious Construction:

  • Mediation
  • Adjudication
  • Defending & pursuing enforcement of Adjudicator’s Award
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation at all court levels
  • Non-Contentious Construction:
  • Building contracts
  • Warranties
  • Professional appointments
  • Standard forms of contract including ICE, NEC3 & JCT
  • Bonds

Our Experience

The Cleaver Fulton Rankin Construction team is extremely proud to have been involved in some of the most prestigious schemes in Northern Ireland including:

  • The iconic £90 million Titanic Belfast
  • The state-of-the-art Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
  • The award-winning Lyric Theatre
  • The landmark Belfast Metropolitan College
  • The cleverly designed Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre

Why Us?

Our team has experience in drafting and reviewing a huge spectrum of non-contentious construction documentation from standard form NEC3, JCT and ICE contracts right through to bespoke PFI contracts.

Also, our team has considerable experience in resolving construction disputes through mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. We have experienced success in all courts from the County Courts through to the Court of Appeal.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is currently ranked as a Band 1 Construction firm in Chambers and Partners UK 2015 which notes the team has “successfully delivered on some of the most high-profile schemes in Northern Ireland.”

It also refers to Patrick Fleming who heads the construction team as a “excellent” and “first-rate” in the field of construction law and notes that Lisa Boyd “consistently delivers beyond expectation.”

We are also ranked as a Top Tier Real Estate Construction firm in Legal 500 who states that we “take time to understand the technical aspects of projects, and what clients are trying to achieve.”

Notable Clients

Northern Ireland Housing Executive v Healthy Building Ltd [2013] NIQB 124 and [2014] NICA 27

Northern Ireland Housing Executive v Combined Frameworks Management [2014] NIQB 75

H&J Martin Limited v Board of Governors of Assumption Grammar School and Trustees of Assumption Grammar

School and Department of Education for Northern Ireland [2013] NIQB 98

Coleraine Skip Hire Limited v Ecomesh Limited [2008] NIQB 141

Rossary Development Class Action [2005] NIQB 68