The Financial Services Litigation team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin advise leading financial institutions on some of the largest and most complex recent financial disputes. The team have built a niche practice defending Etridge style claims on behalf of banks whereby borrowers and guarantors have claimed undue influence and duress on
the enforcement of security.

The team has carriage of a significant volume of Mortgage Repossession actions for a wide variety of clients who require an efficient and cost effective service. Over the past number of years we have seen a significant increase in the number of professional negligence actions taken by banks against their professional advisor’s. Such actions range from failure of the instructed solicitor to effectively take the security to actions against their professional advisor’s who fail to identify defects in the property to be taken as security.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Negligence actions
  • Defending duress and undue influence claims (Etridge claims)
  • Taking or defending injunctive proceedings on behalf of the bank
  • Mortgage Repossessions
  • Consumer Credit Actions
  • Enforcement of Personal Guarantees
  • Commercial List Actions in respect of recovery of personal and commercial borrowings
  • Chasing shortfall on sale of property.

Why Us?

The Financial Services Litigation Team form part of our Dispute Resolution Team which is ranked as a first tier firm by Legal 500 with Head of Department, Patrick Fleming and Directors, Jonathan Forrester and Jeanette Donohoe all recommended by the Legal Directory. 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’. Cleaver Fulton Rankin offer specialist Dispute Resolution expertise in the banking sector to deal with matters such as enforcement of security and commercial disputes.We have one of the largest and most experienced Dispute Resolution teams in Belfast acting on behalf of an impressive range of financial institutions. This allows us to ensure that our clients enjoy the best possible service delivery.

Alongside our banking and insolvency teams, we always strive to achieve the best possible results for our client, resolving disputes in the most efficient and effective way.
We have a number of trained Mediators with significant experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution and will deploy these procedures, when appropriate, to ensure we obtain the best possible result for the client. We also have a strong insolvency department with notable recommendation in Chambers and qualifications from the Insolvency Practitioners Association. We have recently been successful in defending challenges to the financial institution’s right to enforce their security where undue influence, duress and negligence have been alleged.

Our Credentials

  • Cleaver Fulton Rankin act for a wide variety of financial institutions including national and international banks. We currently act on behalf of a number of banks in the Northern
  • Ireland High Court Commercial List and Chancery Divisions.