Meet Shane Conlan, Associate Director in our Commercial Real Estate Team

Shane Conlan, Associate Director in our Commercial Real Estate team, tells us about his journey into the legal profession and the key challenges and opportunities for the commercial property sector in NI currently.

Why did you choose a career in law?

While at school I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do for my career. I had the grades for Law at Queen’s University Belfast and decided to apply as it was a degree that would allow me to pursue various areas of employment. During a year of study abroad in Missouri, USA, I became intrigued by the opportunities in the legal profession both in the UK and further afield so I decided to proceed down the solicitor route.

Tell us about your career journey at Cleaver Fulton Rankin.

I joined the firm as a Solicitor in the Commercial Real Estate department in 2017 having returned back to NI after several years of working in Birmingham. Shortly after in 2018, I was promoted to Senior Solicitor and in 2020 I secured a promotion to Associate. In November 2023 I was then promoted to Associate Director.

What are the main challenges and opportunities facing the real estate sector currently?

The main challenge in recent times has been the lack of government in Northern Ireland which has no doubt caused apprehension for real estate investors, however with a recently restored assembly there is cause for optimism that we shall see a more buoyant commercial real estate market in the near future.

In addition, I think there is a real opportunity for the Northern Irish real estate sector as a result of Brexit. The unique status of Northern Ireland, primarily due to its geographical location, means it could benefit as a by-product of global investment in the Republic of Ireland (as part of the EU) that may otherwise have been solely focused in Great Britain.

What has been the most important lesson you have learned in your career so far?

Listen carefully to those more experienced than you as there are always ways to learn and develop as a professional (and a person).

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