Hilary joined the firm in 2017 as a head of the Corporate & Commercial team. She graduated from the Queen’s University and qualified as a Solicitor in 1998. Hilary has practiced law in Northern Ireland for 18 years and was previously a partner in a large International Law firm.

Hilary has extensive experience in all types of corporate finance, transactional and commercial work. This includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investment, corporate governance, reorganisations and restructurings, joint ventures and collaborations and commercial contracts. She also has unique experience in Northern Ireland of the higher education and life sciences sectors having spent 12 months leading the technology transfer team at Queens University, Belfast specialising in the development and commercialisation of Intellectual Property.

Their clients include a range of clients specifically in the agri business, manufacturing and life sciences sector such as Lakeland Dairies, Ulster Carpet Milk and Millicent Pharma (NI).

Hilary has also worked as course adviser and tutor at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast in the area of advanced company law. She currently sits on the counsel for the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Department head Hilary Griffith has a broad practice incorporating M&A, MBOs and private equity work, among other matters, across a wide range of sectors. Sources commend her “excellent knowledge, commerciality and personal style,” describing her as a “good leader who is excellent at business development and relationships.”

  • Practice head Hilary Griffith has a ‘good personal style but can be tough when required’.

  • Hilary Griffith: “Strong practitioner” Hilary Griffith joined Cleaver Fulton Rankin from Pinsent Masons in January 2017. She frequently appears assisting with acquisitions in the energy, agrifood and healthcare sectors.