Cleaver Fulton Rankin has been crowned The Legal 500 Northern Ireland Law Firm of the Year 2018.
The Belfast-based commercial law firm which employs 100 staff at its city-centre location fought off stiff competition from other leading practices to clinch the title.
The Legal 500 UK Awards 2018 recognises and rewards the best private practice teams and individuals over the past 12 months.
Cleaver Fulton Rankin Managing Director, Jonathan Forrester said he was delighted with the firm’s latest accolade which had particular significance given the process by which the winners were selected.
“The Legal 500 Awards are amongst the most prestigious out there for our profession. The awards are given to the elite legal practitioners, based on the most comprehensive research into the UK legal market. This is a real tribute to the energy, talent and professionalism of our growing team and is particularly fitting as it comes on the eve of our 125th year in business.”
Published for over 20 years, The Legal 500 Series provides some of the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries, and is used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, CFOs and professional advisers.
The guides, which are published annually, are the result of rigorous and ongoing research – including interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients across the world each year – and their contents are widely trusted for their objective assessment of firms’ legal expertise. Individual lawyers as well as practice areas are ranked.
Cleaver Fulton Rankin excelled in the rankings of the latest edition of this prestigious legal directory, reflecting its recent successes and expansion.
The Belfast-based firm is listed as one of just a few ‘key players’ among Northern Ireland practices. It was ranked in the top Tier in three practice areas and in Tier 2 in a further nine areas. Eight of the firm’s directors have been rated ‘leading individuals’.
Jonathan Forrester, Managing Director, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, is delighted with the strong performance but points out that it’s not a case of ‘resting on our laurels’: “Whilst we celebrate our 125th anniversary we are determined to maintain our exciting strategic development of recent years.
“These results provide further evidence that Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a firm with industry-leading expertise. Our continual focus upon our clients’ objectives and a strong commercial awareness has helped drive the growth of our business in recent years. Personal recommendations for so many of our directors and solicitors as well as top rankings in so many areas reflect our on-going dedication and commitment to focusing upon the client and our legal service.”
Cleaver Fulton Rankin has enjoyed one of its most successful years ever in terms of industry awards.
In the past 12 months Director, Aaron Moore was included on the Business First – ‘Northern Ireland 40 under 40 List 2017’; the firm was a finalist in the Belfast Business Awards 2017 for ‘Best Company to Work For’. Meanwhile, Associate, Anna McClimonds was nominated for the ‘Young Leader of the Year’ Award 2017 and just last month Senior Solicitor, Rachael Gamble won ‘Young Lawyer of the Year’ Award at the 2017 LawNet Awards.
Formed in 1893, Cleaver Fulton Rankin is particularly well-known for its expertise in commercial law, commercial property, construction law, intellectual property, employment, banking, dispute resolution, planning and environmental law, corporate recovery, IT, Private Client and charity law.