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Cleaver Fulton Rankin (CFR) is one of Northern Ireland’s leading corporate and commercial law firms with a strong private client practice. The firm is a dynamic partnership which delivers a full range of legal services to its clients which include FTSE 100 companies, entrepreneurs, local and national private companies, developers, financial institutions, public institutions, quasi-public bodies and high net worth individuals.

The firm has established links with many City of London law firms and other national and regional firms. Also, although entirely independent, CFR has an alliance with a major Dublin practice, Matheson Ormsby Prentice, which enables the firm to provide an all-Ireland service when required. CFR’s membership of the International Lawyers Network facilitates access to a worldwide network of commercial law firms.

Principal areas of work: In addition to its core areas of work as detailed below, CFR has led the field in developing specialisms in many other areas of practice including intellectual property, construction, corporate reconstruction, energy, planning and environment, IT and banking.

Company and Commercial
CFR’s Company and Commercial team has a long standing reputation for providing sound practical advice to clients in both the private and public sectors and across a wide range of industries on all types of commercial transactions.

CFR’s Property team has extensive experience in all aspects of non–contentious commercial and residential property matters with a broad client portfolio including developers, investment institutions, national retail chains, PFI projects and joint ventures. The team is well used to working seamlessly with other professionals to deliver on major projects for clients.

CFR’s dedicated litigation team has an impressive clientele in a variety of practice areas including general commercial litigation, construction & property, defamation, disputes about Wills and Trusts, corporate recovery, insurance, intellectual property and IT, personal injury and product liability.

Private Client
The Private Client team is dedicated to providing high quality specialist advice on inheritance tax and estate planning, including the use of lifetime and testamentary trusts where appropriate. In addition, the team regularly advise on the administration of trusts and estates, enduring powers of attorney, nursing care issues and matters involving the Office of Care and Protection.

CFR also has a flourishing Family law practice which covers both matrimonial and children’s law and works alongside the Private Client department in this regard.

Consultancy Planning and Environment
CFR is at the forefront of this specialised area of law with a wealth of experience in providing practical legal advice throughout the planning application process, appeals and inquiries. The firm also provides environmental and planning due diligence for property transactions and company acquisitions.

The Employment team is widely acknowledged for its expertise both locally and nationally. It offers guidance to clients, many of whom are businesses and lawyers operating in other jurisdictions, on the differences in employment law which exist in Northern Ireland and practical advice on measures which should be taken in specific circumstances.

Firm Email Address:
Firm Contacts
Scott  Kennedy Scott Kennedy
Telephone: +44 028 9027 1343
Facsimile: +44 028 9024 9096

Practice Groups:
Corporate Finance & IT

ILN Specialty Groups:
Estate Planning:Estates & Trusts

Stephen V Cross Stephen V Cross
Telephone: +44 028 9027 1323
Facsimile: +44 028 9024 9096

Practice Groups:
Company/Commercial & Banking

ILN Specialty Groups:
Energy, Estate Planning:Estates & Trusts

Partners Practice Groups Telephone E-mail Address
Michael Black Employment +44 028 9027 1312
Karen L Blair Planning & Environmental & Public Law +44 028 9027 1320
Kathryn G Collie Commercial Property +44 028 9027 1339
William D A Cross Litigation +44 028 9027 1334
Jeanette Donohoe Insolvency & Litigation +44 028 9027 1321
Patrick T Fleming Projects +44 028 9027 1328
Jonathan M. Forrester Litigation & Construction +44 028 9027 1341
Scott Kennedy Corporate Finance & IT +44 028 9027 1343
Alastair J Rankin Private Client +44 028 9027 1306
Joy D E M A Scott Private Client & Property +44 028 9027 1305
Stephen V Cross Company/Commercial & Banking +44 028 9027 1323
Office Locations
Belfast, Northern Ireland (Main Location)
50 Bedford Street
Belfast, BT2 7FW Northern Ireland
Telephone: +44 028 9024 3141
Facsimile: +44 028 9024 9096
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