The Professional Negligence team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin represents one of the largest, most experienced and most successful departments in Northern Ireland.

The team have established themselves as experts in advising on professional negligence actions against industry professionals such as architects, surveyors, solicitors and accountants.

Our lawyers represent clients in all of the local Courts with their main practice being in the High Court and Court of Appeal. We predominantly deal with matters in the higher courts and enjoy a significant market share of all such instructions

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Areas of Expertise

  • The team have built a niche practice defending “etridge” style claims on behalf of financial institutions when borrowers and guarantors have claimed undue influence and duress on the enforcement of security. This niche practice has grown in recent years to see the team involved in the prosecution of claims against solicitors responsible for taking the security.
  • Due to the team’s construction experience we have established ourselves as experts and advise in professional negligence actions against industry professionals such as architects and surveyors
  • We also act on behalf of financial institutions in pursuing valuers who had provided negligent valuations which the financial institution relied upon prior to lending

Why Us?

Our Professional Negligence team, led by Director Patrick Fleming is one of the largest litigation teams in Northern Ireland and we believe in providing client service to the highest standard. However, we do not impose a standardised approach. We work with our clients to make sure we deliver exactly what our clients want by getting to know our client’s needs and providing expert advice which is timely and commercially focused.

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’.

Notable Clients

Cleaver Fulton Rankin act for a wide range of clients in professional negligence matters, to include Financial Institutions, Housing Association and private individuals, including:

  • HSBC Bank plc,
  • Ulster Bank Limited,
  • H&J Martin Limited,
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive and
  • Oaklee Trinity

The breath of the firm’s experience and expertise’s is unsurpassed in the local market.