Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a full service law firm, with an experienced team of 17 specialists in Dispute Resolution who regularly advise local, national, and international clients from all sectors on a wide spectrum of matters.

Resolving disputes by litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution is a vital part of our service. Our approach is to understand our client’s business objective and find the most cost effective route to achieving that objective.

Our team has extensive experience of working on all sizes of cases. We are one of the very few local firms who are experienced in, and have the resources to manage, large scale, complex and high profile litigation involving, on occasion, class actions.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial and contractual disputes
  • Construction
  • Contentious trust and probate issues
  • Family and child abduction
  • Financial services and regulatory
  • Fraud and white collar crime
  • Infringement of intellectual property rights and brand protection
  • Insolvency
  • Judicial Review
  • Personal injury
  • Product liability
  • Professional negligence
  • Public Procurement
  • Real Estate Litigation

Notable Clients

  • Family and child abduction, In the Matter of K (A Child) (Northern Ireland) [2014] UKSC 29
  • Construction, Northern Ireland Housing Executive v Healthy Building Ltd [2013] NIQB 124 and [2014] NICA 27
  • Insolvency, Connolly McCausland v Drenagh Farms Limited (In Administration) [2014]
  • Commercial and Contractual Disputes, Ulster Bank Limited v Geoffrey Vogan
  • Financial Services and Regulatory, HSBC Bank plc v Mervyn R Coulson and Elva R Coulson

Why Us?

Head of Department Patrick Fleming leads the team which is one of the largest, most experienced and successful in Northern Ireland. The team is known for taking ownership of clients’ complex legal issues and is well established in the local market.

With a broad practice area and individual specialisms we advise on disputes in a wide range of sectors including Construction, Intellectual Property, Professional Negligence, Product Liability, Banking, Personal Injury, Probate and Trust Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Public Procurement and Insolvency.

Legal 500 commentators have noted that Cleaver Fulton Rankin is ‘deservedly at the top of the tree when it comes to dispute resolution; it houses industry experts who give 100%, every time’. Patrick Fleming, goes ‘straight to the heart of the problem’, Jonathan Forrester is ‘an impressive tactician’, and Lisa Boyd is ‘a quality adviser’.

The Dispute Resolution team has also been recommended in Chambers and Partners UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2015. William Cross has been described as “efficient, calm and incredibly good with clients.” Jeanette Donohoe has also been described as “a good person to have in your corner”.