Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Private Client department remain top ranked in Chambers

The Private Client department at Cleaver Fulton Rankin remains top ranked in the latest Chambers High Net Worth Guide.

The team, led by Director, Michael Graham, is one of the largest specialist Private Client teams in Northern Ireland, and is consistently recognised in UK Legal Directories, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 as a leading practice.

The Chambers High Net Worth Guide provides a comprehensive view of the legal marketplace, ranking the best in practice lawyers and law firms in the international private wealth market. The guide offers unparalleled recommendations based on extensive research and analysis by a team of experienced researchers. The rankings are assessed based on the qualities demonstrated by teams of lawyers, such as technical legal ability, client service, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, efficiency and the depth of the team.

The team has consistently ranked ‘Band 1’ in the area of Private Wealth Law in Northern Ireland.

Clients noted, “I think they’re a superb firm and they have an excellent private client offering.”, “I have used them and recommended them to many without any negative feedback at all.” and “They are always very well prepared in their work. They are very experienced and able lawyers who are very familiar with their areas of law.

Chambers High Net Worth also recognises leading lawyers in the guide based on their legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness and client-service. Michael Graham, Director and Head of Department, has maintained his ‘Band 1’ leading lawyer title with clients noting, “Michael is undoubtedly one of the finest and has dealt with us with huge efficiency, thoroughness, expertise, compassion and understanding,” and “Michael’s ability to simply explain complex areas is amazing and he can relate to clients in a very relaxed and informative way.”

In addition to Michael’s ranking, two team members, Timothy Rankin, Director and Paula Gibson, Associate, have also been recognised as notable practitioners this year. Timothy, who was appointed as a Director in December 2019, is recognised as an ‘Up and Coming Lawyer’ with Paula highlighted as an ‘Associate to Watch’.

The Private Client department at Cleaver Fulton Rankin specialise in wills, inheritance tax and estate planning. The team also advise on the administration of trusts and estates, nursing care issues, mental capacity issues, enduring powers of attorney, controllership and matters involving the Office of Care and Protection. In addition, the department also has family and matrimonial and residential conveyancing expertise.

If you require any advice or guidance regarding a personal legal matter, please contact Michael Graham at or Timothy Rankin at

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