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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

The ‘professional’ and ‘pragmatic’ team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP  is adept at advising on large and complex transactions across the professional services, healthcare, food, beverage and technology sectors, while the commercial team regularly advises clients across the pharmaceutical, hotel, leisure and sports industries. ‘Incisive’ corporate and commercial team head Robert Buckley advises Salford City FC on a number of sponsorship and commercial deals; and is also advising the Class of ’92 on a new University Academy 92 project. The ‘practical’ Kirsti Pinnell advised SysGroup on the corporate aspects of its £3.9m acquisition of Telford-based Rockford IT; and also advised Ironveld, an AIM-traded mining company, on two separate placings of shares in 2017. Peter Allen advised Manor Service Stations on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Manor Services Stations to Motor Fuel; and also advised Fruitapeel on its sale to Belgium-based Puratos. Also noted are executive partner Robert Levy, who ‘delivers workable solutions’, associate Helen Mather , and James Wall , who handles commercial and non-contentious IP matters. Jan Winstanley  was recently promoted to partner, while Martin Lewis left the firm for an in-house role.

Leading individuals

Robert Buckley - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP fields ‘an absolutely first-class team’ headed by Anthony Lyons, who is ‘hugely experienced and unflappable, with a preternatural ability to get the right results for his clients’. Lyons (‘one of the leading licensing lawyers in the UK’) and  Felicity Tulloch  are both ‘really strong – they know their subject inside out and know the ‘ecology’ in which they work’. The team has a growing client base of multi-site operators, property developers and individuals such as Revolution Bars, Living Ventures and Turtle Bay, and has a proven track record of handling high-profile licensing issues. The group has developed a specialism for being successful in obtaining new premises licences in so called areas of cumulative impact, and has a busy workload assisting the firm’s property department with servicing the licensing needs of a number of existing clients such as St Modwen, Allied London and Bruntwood Estates when these clients are developing properties in Manchester and beyond.

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

The ‘extremely professional’ team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP ‘punches above its weight’, is praised for its ability to ‘mix hard-nosed litigation skills with genuine commercial nous’. It regularly handles complex professional negligence, finance, product liability and shareholder disputes. The team represented Stoke Properties 1 and Stoke Properties 2 in a £7.2m contractual dispute against WM Morrison Supermarkets and represented STAMA Developments (Salford) in a £10m dispute against a local authority concerning breach of contract in relation to a landmark residential development. London & Scottish Investments, Beech Holdings and BeautyBay.com are also clients. Andrew Weinberg specialises in commercial landlord and tenant actions, as well as professional negligence and product liability disputes; he leads the team, which includes Damian Bailey, who has ‘a close eye for detail’ and is ‘immensely practical’, and +David Jones, who ‘fights really hard for his clients’, is ‘never outmaneuvered tactically, and has unparalleled commercial insight’. Also recommended are consultant Wendi Bussin, who handles regulatory and business crime litigation, and associate Phillip Warburton.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is ‘always proactive' and provides 'commercial and proportionate’ advice across a range of banking and real estate finance transactions, with notable expertise in recoveries, restructuring and business lending mandates. The team advised Broadoak Private Finance on the £6m provision of purchase and development funding for the redevelopment of Manchester Hall in Manchester city centre and advised Broadoak Private Finance on the £4m provision of development funding for the redevelopment of a printing hall in Wigan into a Holiday Inn Express hotel. The team also acted for Allied Irish Bank on the provision of funds for Just Childcare. Bank of Scotland, Cambridge & Counties Bank and Atom Bank are also clients. David Marlor ‘consistently offers appropriate, sensible advice and practical solutions’ and advises banks and other lenders in connection with property backed lending. Also recommended are Alison Kellett, who acts for lenders on the acquisition or remortgage of property; and recently promoted senior associate Meave O’Neill, who specialises in investment and development finance. George Macmillan heads the banking and real estate finance team.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Key figures at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP  include Kevin McKenna, who ‘not only dissects a client’s (and potential opponent’s) case and problems, he then provides solutions with equal alacrity and commercial realism and sensitivity’. Sally Bird  is also recommended. The team has a broad range of expertise including tribunal litigation for complex claims involving whistleblowing and discrimination, executive terminations and a growing practice in advising senior healthcare professionals. It also routinely acts for larger corporate organisations on restructuring and redundancy programmes and has recently advised on a number of High Court injunctions. Clients include Maersk Line UK, GG Hospitality (a venture that was founded by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs) and Viridor Waste.

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Kevin McKenna - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

The ‘efficient, strategic and concise’ Kevin McKenna  heads a ‘very strong department’ at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP  that provides ‘excellent practical advice’. McKenna is a ‘consummate professional and is skilled at handling numerous issues well both in and out of cour’. Sally Bird provides ‘sound and commercial advice’. The skilled team regularly acts in the most high-profile employee cases throughout the country. It is experienced at advising on boardroom disputes and has particular expertise advising on fiduciary duties, confidential information as well as advising on injunctions and restrictive covenants. It also frequently advises on complex claims involving whistleblowing and discrimination and has been involved in a number of High Court injunction matters recently (both making and responding to claims involving post-termination restrictive covenants). Highlights included successfully advising on a claim for constructive dismissal and age discrimination on the ground of less favourable treatment and harassement. The matter was a high-profile case as it was widely reported in the press.

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

At Kuit Steinart Levy LLP  ‘everything it does is cooperative, innovative and the team is prompt at responding to all our queries’. Practice head Graham Wood  has a ‘great understanding of charities law and has immense clarity of thought and invaluable technical expertise’. The team advises on the full range of issues such as on the establishment of new charitable trusts, companies and other entities, charity governance and constitutional issues as well as contested legacies and gift aid advice. The firm is also skilled at advising charities on commercial contracts, commercial property, disputes and on employment issues. Newly promoted partner Lauren Clyne  advises on charity law issues such as on the establishment of new charities. The team continues to advise the Stoller Charitable Trust on all its legal requirements, and acts for DanceSyndrome,  is a charity aimed at enabling the learning disabled to lead and participate in dance classes.

Leading individuals

Graham Wood - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Litigation partner Andrew Weinberg at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP  heads the team. Other key members of this specialist group include litigation solicitor Sharon Kelly . Head of tax and probate is the ‘excellent and highly experienced’ Graham Wood  and on the tax side Paul Bricknell regularly advises on contentious trust and estate matters, including inheritance tax issues. The team’s clients are predominantly owner-managed businesses and their owners, family businesses and very high-net-worth individuals. The team is skilled at advising on all aspects of large and complex disputed estates.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP  has a ‘very good reputation for family work' and regularly deals with high-profile and celebrity clients. It is a ‘small but highly experienced team that is capable of dealing with the full spectrum of financial and children cases’. Associate Michael Gregory  is ‘excellent – he is pragmatic and very good at providing objective solutions’. Katie McCann joined Irwin Mitchell.

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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  offers a ‘client-friendly, easy to understand service that is backed up with accurate technical knowledge and other departments within the firm to deliver a complete solution to whatever the clients need’. Graham Wood  is ‘highly skilled at drafting trust documentation; he has a very detailed knowledge and expertise in personal and trust tax issues and leaves no stone unturned’. Paul Bricknell has ‘superb attention to detail and the advice he gives is not just factually correct but more importantly always relevant to the particular circumstances at issue’. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Lauren Clyne  is also recommended as is associate David Chambers. Clients include a fifth of the North West Rich List including three of the top ten and a quarter of the top 20 family-owned businesses in the region.

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 attracts praised for its ‘detailed understanding of the client, ensuring that its advice is practical and relevant’. The real estate team acts for key regional and national clients on large and complex real estate transactions. Highlights included advising Crewe Assets on the sale of a BAE Systems-occupied manufacturing warehouse near Crewe to a consortium of Korean institutional investors for £56m, advising Stoke Properties on the sale of a retail warehouse for £22.65m, and advising Bretton Properties on the £17.5m acquisition of Peterborough retail park The Bretton Centre, from Aviva Investors Pensions. The team also advised Persimmon Homes Lancashire on the £5m purchase of a key regeneration site. Department head Nick Nyunt, who is ‘a fount of commercial and technical knowledge, and delivers his expertise consistently in a strong and unwavering manner’, leads on development and portfolio work, as well as acquisitions and disposals, with Adam Hymes. Hymes also heads the residential development team. Managing partner Steve Eccleston  ‘always finds the source of any contention and offers sound and focused guidance in reaching practical solutions’ and handles a range of real estate work, which includes advising on holding structures and debt structuring. Also recommended are David Haffner, who heads the syndicated investment structures team; Martin Davies, who leads the property management team; senior associate Steve Jackson, who recently joined from Southerns and handles landlord and tenant work; Christopher Hardy, who leads the investment and funding team; David Moroney, who specialises in commercial property purchases; Stephen Lopeman; and consultant Tony Fitzmaurice.

Leading individuals

Tony Fitzmaurice - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 6

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

At Kuit Steinart Levy LLP the ‘service is always first-class and this creates confidence that legal matters are being dealt with efficiently and effectively’. The team handles a range of construction matters relating to development work, and advises on bonds and guarantees, construction contracts, appointments and warranties, disputes and procurement. It advises The Ambassador Theatre Group on refurbishment and renovation works required within their theatres across the UK and advised Bretton Properties on the construction elements of its acquisition of Peterborough retail park The Bretton Centre. It also advised Beech Construction Partnership on phase 1 of its Westpoint development at Old Trafford, Manchester. Senior associate Benjamin Connor heads the team.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles complex commercial and residential property disputes for property agents, public and private companies and LPA receivers. It handles enforcement for landlords and tenants and the retail, leisure, healthcare and education sectors are key areas of expertise. It advised Pix Pinto Bars on a leaseholder dispute and advised Stoke Properties 1 and Stoke Properties 2 on a dispute regarding a distressed retail warehouse occupied by B&Q. Land Securities, Persimmon Homes, Property Alliance Group and Cantt Pak are also clients. David Jones acts for a range of property developers, energy companies, construction contractors and property entrepreneurs, and associates Phillip Warburton and Rebecca Jones, who recently joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, are also recommended. Senior associate Benjamin Connor heads the construction team and Andrew Weinberg heads the litigation team.

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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's team is led by the ‘very well-respected’ Ian Morris, who is 'one of the North West’s leading lights in IP’. Morris is praised for his ‘expertise, experience and his great skill at understanding what the client is really trying to achieve’. A qualified patent attorney, Bruce Jones  has 'a deeper insight into patent and registered design infringement cases’. Recent work includes representing Scomadi Limited (a worldwide brand of retro-styled scooters) in a complex piece of litigation which culminated in the first part of the trial at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in early 2017. Other active clients include Beauty Bay Limited, the University of Salford and B&M Retail Ltd.

Leading individuals

Bruce Jones - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Ian Morris - Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

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