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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP 's 'proactive, intelligent and pragmatic' team represents clients in professional services, family businesses, healthcare, AIM-listed companies and the tech sector. Robert Buckley heads the team and focuses on M&A, joint ventures, inward investment and sports-related commercial matters. On the commercial side the team has experience in the IT, pharmaceutical, hotel, leisure and sports industries. Caroline Brennan joined as a senior associate from Shoosmiths LLP. Peter Allen left the firm for Browne Jacobson LLP.

Practice head(s):Robert Buckley

Other key lawyers:Kirsti Pinnell; Helen Mather; Robert Levy; James Wall; Jan Winstanley; Caroline Brennan


Proactive, intelligent,  pragmatic influencers who deliver assignments within all agreed parameters’.

Terrific connections with any required external resource’.

A rare mixture of youthful enthusiasm and vast commercial experience’.

Robert Buckley offers commercial and practical advice, and invariably adds value’.

Key Clients

Bagir Group Ltd

SysGroup plc

BiSN Holdings Limited

Barkby Group plc (previously Sovereign Mines of Africa plc)

GG Hospitality Management Limited (co-founded by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs; operators of Hotel Football)

Salford City Football Club

Smartkem Limited

Ironveld plc

Shaping Cloud

Montessori Nursery Group

Harnbury Holdings (San Carlo Group)

Work highlights

  • Advising on all commercial activities for the Class of ’92. A key project this year has been work in relation to the new University Academy 92 project.
  • Advised the leadership team and co-founders of fire safety and security specialist Syncro on a management buy-out, purchasing a majority stake in the business from Bowdon Group.
  • Advising the AIM-traded mining company on a further placing of shares to enable the company to further invest in its project located on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
  • Advised long-term client Bagir Group on a proposed $16.5m investment into the firm from Chinese textiles and clothing company Shandong Ruyi Technology Group Co Ltd.
  • Advised a Manchester-based company, which specialises in helping public sector bodies achieve digital transformation, on securing a £1.4 million investment.
Leading individuals

Robert Buckley - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has an 'outstanding reputation' for licensing work; it acts for a range of national multi-site operators, property developers and individuals, and is well-known for its hospitality and leisure sector expertise. The team advises on a full range of licensing matters and is regularly instructed on high-profile licensing mandates. In the commercial and residential property sector, the team is increasingly advising on provisional licensing to clients with large leisure portfolios. The team also stands out for its experience in obtaining new premises licences in areas of cumulative impact. Anthony Lyons , who is a 'real leader in the field' and 'oozes charm', and the 'exceptional' Felicity Tulloch lead the team. Associate Rebecca Ingram is'very strong on client service'. 

Practice head(s):Anthony Lyons; Felicity Tulloch

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Ingram


The team works in well collaboration with its clients

The team is always on hand for advice

It is extremely responsive



Key Clients

Brew Dog Bars

The New World Trading Company (UK)

Revolution Bars Group (trading as Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba)

Turtle Bay Restaurants

Allied London

Bruntwood Estates

Individual Restaurants Company (Piccolino, The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Gino D’Campo)

Mission Mars

Somerset House Trust, London

The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant

Work highlights

  • The team is advising celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo on the expansion of his eponymous restaurant chain, a joint venture with the Restaurant Bar & Grill group of companies.
  • Team assisted the client on Brewdog’s acquisition of the 14 strong Draft House estate of bars and pubs located in London and the South East of England.
  • The licensing team continues to advise on numerous matters for national property company Bruntwood Estates, the most prominent of which is Circle Square, on the site of the former BBC HQ in Manchester, where the team obtained 12 licences in principle for a new city centre commercial and residential development.
  • The team continues to advise Turtle Bay on its rapid nationwide expansion, and has obtained licences this year for new sites in towns and cities including Durham, Southend and Uxbridge.
  • The team has advised The Alchemist on its continued expansion nationwide, and the team has advised them on obtaining licences in 2018 for new sites in towns and cities including City Road in Hackney, London and St. Martin’s Lane in Westminster, London.
Leading individuals

Anthony Lyons - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP represents SMEs and entrepreneurial clients on shareholder disputes and finance litigation, particularly pre-enforcement and enforcement on behalf of lenders and associated professionals. Other areas of expertise include professional negligence, product liability and white-collar crime. Head of team Andrew Weinberg focuses on commercial landlord and tenant actions for key clients, as well as professional negligence and product liability disputes. Associate Kathryn Parrish, who leads on contractual and property-based disputes, as well as insolvency-based matters, is also recommended. Peter Kaye joined the firm from Linder Myers.

Practice head(s):Andrew Weinberg

Other key lawyers:Damian Bailey; Wendi Bussin; Phillip Warburton; Kathryn Parrish; Peter Kaye


A very strong and able department with lawyers of quality at each level of seniority’.

Damian Bailey is measured, rational and incisive’.

Andrew Weinberg is thorough, capable and calm; always well-prepared and on top of the detail’.

Phillip Warburton is dedicated, unflappable and confident; a very impressive and useful asset in any team’.

A commercially aware, client-focused team which is thoughtful about strategy and tactics to achieve a resolution of complex matters’.

Kathryn Parrish is thoughtful, sensible and has an eye for detail’.

They care with a passion about your problem and they really show they are keen to provide the best possible advice and service they can to a client’.

Key Clients

Beech Holdings

Harnbury Holdings Limited (trading as San Carlo Group)

Robert McBride Ltd

Chase de Vere Financial Services

Broadoak Private Finance Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

London & Scottish Investments Limited

Inventive Leisure (trading as Revolution Bars and Revolucion de Cuba)

Persimmon Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a joint venture in a dispute with a local authority concerning breach of contract in relation to a landmark residential development.

  • Advised McPartland and Gifford Limited on a damages claim on behalf of receivers for failure to complete on a sale contract with a value of £1.1m.
Rising stars

Kathryn Parrish - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles a range of banking and real estate finance mandates in the mid-market and SME sectors, and is strong on corporate finance transactions. The team, which is led by George MacMillan, is noted for its experience in acting for lenders and borrowers in debt finance transactions; and for its experience in advising property developers, investors and asset managers on real estate finance, and acting for banks on development finance mandates. The healthcare sector is a key area of focus.

Practice head(s):George MacMillan

Other key lawyers:Alison Kellett; Christopher Hardy; Jan Winstanley; Meave O’Neill


The knowledge of the team is first-class

The firm stands out because the client has a partner dealing with them rather than a junior colleague

The team puts the client first, makes it simple and delivers a first-class service

It has a strong commercial, problem-solving, focus; George MacMillan, Alison Kellett and Meave O’Neill are experienced problem solvers who provide quality and timely advice that enables the client to do business

George MacMillan is easily accessible; he picks up the phone to discuss rather than long email trails and he understands when transactions are urgent and strict deadlines need to be met

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is a very forward thinking firm, with a clear focus on business development and generating reciprocal business

Turnaround times are second to none; it defines the term 'trusted advisor'


Key Clients

Atom Bank


Investec Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Roma Finance

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has strength in a wide range of employment issues, including complex tribunal litigation concerning whistleblowing and discrimination, senior executive terminations and restrictive covenants. In addition to advising large companies on restructurings and redundancies, the team also provides corporate support on matters such as TUPE. The team is developing expertise in the sports sector, advising international sports players and staff at senior level. Other sector specialisms include family businesses and leisure, as well as hospitality. Kevin McKenna - who 'has an incisive intelligence and a real instinct for what matters' - leads the team, while Sally Bird is also a key team member. 'Effective communicator' Mark McKeating also comes recommended.

Practice head(s):Kevin McKenna

Other key lawyers:Sally Bird; Mark McKeating


'Kevin McKenna has an incisive intelligence with a real instinct for what matters in a case - and beyond.

'Kevin McKenna is a problem solver, not a problem describer. He clearly leads the team. We as clients are content to go to battle led by him.'

'The team has strength in depth and their advice is pragmatic and jargon-free.'

'Kevin McKenna is commercially minded with a wealth of experience - he gets to the point and provides practical no-nonsense advice. He is always available and a real team player.'

'Mark McKeating is a team player and great lawyer; his client service is excellent.'

'Great service delivery, very approachable and responsive'

'Sally Bird is brilliant - she offers good practical advice.'

'The team offer such a personal approach to each case. You really do feel like a valued client and that nothing is too much for them. The team take the time to really understand the case and the development of the business to ensure they are advising accurately. Other firms just do not take time to put in the time and effort like Kuits do. you really feel like they are a part of your team and that you re a part of theirs.'

'Kevin McKenna in an exceptional partner. He is dedicated to our business and will do all he can do help and support. His team follow in a similar vein too and always make your questions feel welcome. They are an exceptional credit to Kuits.'

Key Clients

Maersk Line UK

DW Sports

Harnbury Holdings Limited (trading as San Carlo restaurants)

Turtle Bay

Crown Oil Limited

Salford City Football Club

Leading individuals

Kevin McKenna - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Rising stars

Mark McKeating - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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Employment: employee/union firms
Employment: employee/union firms - ranked: tier 1

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's team, which is led by Kevin McKenna, advises clients throughout the UK on a wide range of union-related matters, including complex Employment Tribunal litigation involving whistleblowing and discrimination. The team is also adept at handling issues relating to confidential information, injunctions and restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):Kevin McKenna

Other key lawyers:Sally Bird; Mark McKeating


'The team got up to speed in a short amount of time and provided excellent service, both in its advice and negotiations with the counterparty.'

'Clear, concise and effective in communication and also in conducting negotiations in a calm and constructive manner.'

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Led by Graham Wood, Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's practice provides a comprehensive service for charities and not-for-profits, with particular expertise in the establishment of new charitable trusts, Charity Commission registration and governance and constitutional matters. The team also advises charities in relation to commercial contracts, commercial property and employment disputes.

Practice head(s):Graham Wood

Other key lawyers:Lauren Clyne

Key Clients

The Stoller Charitable Trust

The Morris Feinmann Home Charitable Trust


Mivke Charitable Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised DanceSyndrome on taxation, governance and compliance issues.
  • Advised on all of the legal arrangements for the Stoller Charitable Trust, which has been involved in the establishment of the UK’s first proton beam therapy centre.
Leading individuals

Graham Wood - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's sizeable team combines probate and litigation expertise, advising on all types of challenge to the validity of wills, including 1975 Act claims. The team’s client base - which increasingly includes national clients as well those in the firm's northwest heartlands - are predominantly owner-managed businesses and their owners, family businesses and very high-net-worth individuals. The practice is led by Andrew Weinberg, who has been a partner at the firm for around 25 years.

Practice head(s):Andrew Weinberg

Other key lawyers:Graham Wood


'The firm's understanding of the personal aspects of work makes them unique -  the empathy they show and the feeling  hat they are with you throughout is commendable.'

'The firm is very unique as the managing partners are very hands-on and stay close to the client.'

Lauren Clyne has always and continues to stand out - she understands the needs of the family from more than simply a lawyer's perspective. Lauren also understands how the individuals she has to work with at a client level operate - she knows instinctively when to chase politely, when to demand more aggressively and when to leave it for a more appropriate time.

'The team will always tell clients what they need to hear, which is not always the same as what they might want to hear.'

'Graham Wood is consistently our go-to person for sound, pragmatic advice.'

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Family - ranked: tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

The team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP cover the full spectrum of family law issues but is predominantly known for matters involving divorce and wealth protection. On the financial side, the team advises on trust arrangements, including those held offshore, complex business arrangements and significant property assets. The team's client base comprises high-net-worth individuals, including sports personalities and individuals from wealthy families. 'Very capable and approachable' senior associate Michael Gregory now heads the team after previous department head Katie McCann's departure for Irwin Mitchell. The team was also recently strengthened in 2018 by the arrival of former Linder Myers family law head Colin Davies.

Practice head(s):Michael Gregory


'Kuits are known for their expertise in high net worth cases. Their attention to detail is meticulous and, unlike some other firms, they give realistic and sensible advice from the outset with a view to early negotiated settlement with a view to minimising the emotional and financial costs inherent in contested proceedings.'

'A niche but very well regarded team that benefits from a lot of cross-referral work from within the firm.'

'Michael Gregory is the face of Kuits family team. He displays qualities in abundance and in addition he has great client care skills - a supreme be side manner. He instills confidence in his clients who feel they have someone on their side.'

'Michael Gregory and associate Madelaine Hailey really stand out. Michael deals with not only financial cases, but is developing an increasingly bigger surrogacy practice. Madelaine concentrates on finance matters primarily.'

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP predominantly advises business owners and their families on a wide range of trust and estate planning matters, including foreign taxation, succession planning, complex family disputes, and trust restructurings. The team has particular expertise in setting up and managing personal injury trusts. Partner and head of the team Graham Wood, who is 'technically very sound', specialises in tax and trusts law and handles a number of high-value estate planning cases.

Practice head(s):Graham Wood

Other key lawyers:Paul Bricknell; Lauren Clyne; David Chambers


'Paul Bricknell is able to communicate very well with clients and deal effortlessly with areas that are often sensitive. He has very high levels of technical expertise.'

'Technically very sound but with a pragmatic and commercial approach to problem solving.'

'Down to earth and approachable.'

Key Clients

Recommended advisor to clients of Lombard Odier Private Bank, Geneva

Recommended advisor to clients of UBS Private Bank, Zurich

Recommended advisor to clients of Lombard Assurance, Zurich

Recommended advisor to clients of Castlegate Financial Management Ltd

Recommended advisor to clients of Swisspartners

Stoller Charitable Trust

Park Charitable Trust

DanceSyndrome Charity

Manor Retail Ltd

Crown Oil Limited

Leading individuals

Graham Wood - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP 'provides a pragmatic assessment of issues and is able to accommodate short time frames'. It acts for regional and national investors, developers, landlords, tenants and owner-managed businesses, and is noted for its expertise in acquisition structures, investment residential development, commercial development, construction, planning, and landlord and tenant work. The team also advises on holding structures, debt structuring and debt finance work for borrowers. Department head Nick Nyunt, who is 'very commercial in his advice and he has a good understanding of how the client works', leads on development and portfolio work with head of development Adam Hymes.

Practice head(s):Nick Nyunt

Other key lawyers:Adam Hymes; Steve Eccleston; Christopher Hardy; David Moroney; Steve Jackson; Tim Arkwright; Emma Nimmo


'The team provides high-quality advice on property acquisitions, investments, developments and disposals of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use sites.'

'For portfolio management, the team provides practical assistance and organisation in connection with matters outside England and Wales.'

'Nick Nyunt is particularly adept in dealing with large complex developments, acquisitions and disposals.'

'The service level at the firm is very good, from the partners to the solicitors.'

'Advice is given in a practical manner and is not too technical.'

'The team has excellent communication and it works swiftly and effectively.'


Key Clients

GG Hospitality


David Samuel Properties

Trafford Housing Trust


PIN Property

Story Homes

Stewart Milne Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised THT on the acquisition of a site in Whalley, Lancashire for c. 188 residential units of a major mixed-use development, involving 260 dwellings and a new primary school.
  • Acted for Persimmon Homes  in connection with the acquisition of a major residential development site in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.
  • Acted for PIN Property on a substantial commercial site assembly of c. 7 acres from multiple landowners at Oldham, which when developed will have a value in excess of £12m.
  • Acted for David Samuel Properties on disposals, as part of its hotel portfolio, at a value of c. £10m.
  • Advised Persimmon Homes North West on the purchase of c. 16 acres of land at Shavington, Crewe for c. 160 units at a price of £6m.
Leading individuals

Nick Nyunt - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 6

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles transactional construction work and is also active on construction disputes. The team is adept at advising on bonds and guarantees, construction contracts, procurement and maintenance contracts and acts for public and private sector clients on a range of development projects. The team - which is now led by construction, engineering and energy head Charlie Tomlinson, who joined from an in-house role at Pennon Group in summer 2019 -  works closely with the firm's commercial property, property finance and commercial litigation teams.

Practice head(s):Charlie Tomlinson

Key Clients

Styles & Wood

London and Scottish Investments

Property Alliance Group

Persimmon Homes

David Samuel Properties

Regal Estates

Cantt Pak

PIN Property

Work highlights

  • The team was instructed to act in connection with the development of a 17-storey, 330-bed hotel on Portland Street, Manchester.
  • The team is advising Duff & Phelps, who are acting on behalf of Bentley Investment Incorporation, a firm that has gone into administration, in relation to construction matters at Ringtail Retail Park in Burscough.    
  • Advised Evolve Facility Services on various framework agreements and advised on the drafting of standard documentation for it to use with all key sub-contractors and suppliers.  
  • Supported the commercial property team by drafting and negotiating appointments and warranties for PIN Property on a substantial commercial site assembly from multiple landowners at Oldham.  

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for a number of North West property developers, property agents, public and private companies, and high-net-worth individuals on property disputes,  and regularly supports the firm's commercial property department on real estate transactions. It handles landlord and tenant matters, and is active on easement disputes, development issues, right to light matters, boundary disputes, telecoms issues, nuisance claims and professional negligence cases. Residential property litigation is also a key area of expertise. Litigation head Andrew Weinberg  leads the department which features associates Rebecca Jones  and Phillip Warburton. David Jones has joined Glaisyers LLP.

Practice head(s):Andrew Weinberg

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Jones; Phillip Warburton


Andrew Weinberg inspires confidence; he brings broader commercial expertise to his specialist property litigation practice to good effect

Rebecca Jones has an impressive command of her cases and the respect of her clients

The team is thorough and commercial at all times

The team has strong expertise and knowledge in the field of property litigation and is very client focused and effective

The team has strong attention to detail and an emphasis on achieving the client's commercial or strategic objectives

Key Clients

London & Scottish Investments

Circle Properties

Land Securities Group

Persimmon Homes

Property Alliance Group

David Samuel Properties

Beech Properties

Heaton Group (Manchester)

Cantt Pak

Morley Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised The Shack (Manchester) on an opposed lease renewal matter.
  • Represented Cantt Pak on a case involving a contract to sell land for £1.2m.
  • Advised the landlord of a property on a break notice served to a tenant.
  • The team advised Heaton Group (Manchester) on a vacant possession strategy.
  • The team advised a landlord client after a property owned in Manchester was occupied by persons unknown for the purposes of protest action, causing a significant delay in development.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP law, with areas of expertise including licensing, R&D, brand acquisitions and disposals and patent work. Clients include sport and media personalities, AIM-listed companies and individual investors in sectors such as fashion, education, life sciences, sports, media, retail, entertainment and technology. Ian Morris heads the team and specialises in contentious IP work, while Bruce Jones is experienced in multi-jurisdictional patent and trademark disputes.

Practice head(s):Ian Morris

Other key lawyers:Bruce Jones; James Wall; Claire Meyers; Humna Nadim; Yasmin Kalantari


Ian Morris offers very good strategic advice

Humna Nadim is very good on detail’.

Good knowledge about IP combined with sound commercial advice’.

Bruce Jones has a very sound knowledge of patent law with a technical scientific background’.

Key Clients

Character World Limited

Beauty Bay Limited

Harnbury Holdings Limited

Thornton & Ross Limited

Class of ‘92

Scomadi Worldwide Ltd

Dairy Crest



Ansell Electrical

Work highlights

  • Advised Scomadi Limited, a worldwide brand of retro-styled scooters, on a complex piece of litigation which culminated in the first part of the trial in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Advising Beauty Bay on a competition action against L’Oreal in relation to the legitimacy of L’Oreal’s selective distribution arrangements and benefit.
Leading individuals

Bruce Jones - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Ian Morris - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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