Inquiries & Investigations

Our team have advised on some of Northern Ireland’s largest public inquiries and investigations. We have a unique understanding of the procedural and regulatory framework, providing strategic and commercial legal advice. With access to our multidisciplinary legal experts and legal technology services, we provide full support to protect your interests and reputation.

Why Cleaver Fulton Rankin?

Investigations can be daunting for an organisation. We advise public and private sector clients on high profile and complex public inquiries and investigations, navigating political and challenging circumstances and media scrutiny.

Our team deliver expert advice and complete project management support to our clients, drawing on a depth of knowledge and public inquiry experience across the firm. Our legal experts ensure compliance with public law principles, are skilled in public law and judicial review, and assist with terms of reference and more. From access to records, witness statements, processing of personal data through dedicated eDiscovery services, conducting research, and matters relating to human rights, our legal experts will support you throughout any investigation.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is the only independent law firm in Northern Ireland with a dedicated and specialist Legal Technology Group that offers large-scale managed document review solutions using market-leading technology for public inquiries, inquests and investigations. Our innovative solutions offer increased efficiency, significant time and cost savings, and a high-quality service for our clients.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a supplier on Crown Commercial Service legal panels, including the Public Sector Legal Services Framework, and eDisclosure and Review Services (key subcontractor).

Our Experience

Our lawyers are qualified to practice within Northern Ireland, England & Wales, and the Republic of Ireland. We have advised on significant regional and national inquiries including public inquiries, inquests and investigations. Examples include:

  • Appointed by the Muckamore Abbey Hospital Inquiry (MAHI) to compile sensitive witness evidence for the public inquiry.
  • Appointed by The Executive Office, on behalf of the Truth Recovery Independent Panel, to advise on legal issues specific to the Independent Panel’s investigation. The establishment of the Independent Panel, was a key recommendation of the Truth Recovery Design Panels’ report on Mother and Baby Institutions, Magdalene Laundries and Workhouses in Northern Ireland
  • Represent the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland in respect of statutory appeals, judicial review applications, interim order extension applications in the High Court and all fitness to practice matters
  • Represented various other UK medical regulators in respect of statutory appeals, judicial review applications and interim order extension applications in the High Court
  • We act for a number of defendants in regard to corporate manslaughter and/or serious health & safety prosecution cases

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Karen Blair

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Lorraine Keown

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Caroline Hannan

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Inquiries

We advise clients throughout all stages of a public inquiry. This includes, providing a full project management service, evidence gathering, drafting terms of reference, litigation, reputation and risk management, large-scale document review, data protection services and more.

Inquests

We advise clients across various types of inquests. This includes providing advocacy services, evidence gathering, litigation, judicial review, reputation and risk management, eDiscovery and disclosure services, and more.

Investigations

We provide a full investigation service across a range of legal needs. This includes advising witnesses, drafting codes of conduct, evidence gathering, data protection compliance, reputation and risk management, and more.

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Our clients tell it best.

  • The Legal 500 UK

    “The team is exceptionally hard-working and cannot do enough for their clients. As a large firm, they are well resourced and have access to a wealth of talent.”

  • The Legal 500 UK

    “A truly exceptional team, incredibly knowledgeable, they are all encompassing in their advice and very aware of the practicalities of the commercial workplace.”

  • Chambers UK

    “Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a very capable firm and has handled all issues big and small with the utmost professionalism.”

  • The Legal 500 UK

    “Client-focused; adaptable; dedicated; experts in their field; excellent deployment of technology.”