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Cleaver Fulton Rankin makes senior appointment as signal of intent

Hilary GriffithCleaver Fulton Rankin’s new Head of Corporate, Hilary Griffith, with Karen Blair, Managing Director and Stephen Cross, Head of Company Commercial and Banking. 

Cleaver Fulton Rankin has announced the appointment of Hilary Griffith to head its corporate team.  An accomplished lawyer with almost 20 years’ experience, she has been lauded by clients in UK wide legal directories as a “genuine business leader in Belfast.”

A Queen’s law graduate, she qualified with distinction in 1998, and has worked as a corporate partner in one of Northern Ireland’s international law firms as well as a period spent heading up Queen’s University’s commercial legal team.

Hilary Griffith specialises in all aspects of corporate and commercial law and has advised on numerous significant mergers and acquisitions as well as management buy-outs, fund raisings and private equity investments in Northern Ireland.  She has unique experience in Northern Ireland of the higher education, life sciences and technology sectors given her in house experience at Queens.

Hilary Griffith said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin and this role presents me with an exciting challenge. Corporate is a real growth area for the firm and it has already built a solid reputation in this field.  As Northern Irish businesses continue to grow, legal expertise such as ours is high on the agenda. We believe we have a compelling offering across the whole spectrum of legal disciplines and are looking forward to increasing our strength in depth within Corporate.”

The expanded corporate team will bring the total headcount of the firms company commercial and banking department, led by Stephen Cross to 15 lawyers.  The combined team is already very active in corporate finance transactions and with an impressive client base, a proven track record and clear growth plans, there is a great opportunity to use that well-established platform to build an even stronger presence in Northern Ireland for the benefit of clients.

Karen Blair, Managing Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin said: “We are delighted Hilary has joined our Corporate Team, and we are confident that the appointments we have made in the Corporate Team  leave us in a strong position to further assist our growing portfolio of clients.    We will continue to keep our focus on corporate and banking, and increase on our already solid stable of clients.  We have every confidence that the skills and experience that Hilary brings to our Corporate Team  can continue that trend and its further expansion.”