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Kuit Steinart Levy LLP
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Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

The 'superb' licensing practice at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is 'pre-eminent' nationally and in the North West. Key areas of work include obtaining new premises licences and provisional licenses, planning issues and diversification work. Practice head Felicity Tulloch is a top choice for leisure sector clients, while senior associate Rebecca Ingram advises on all aspects of alcohol and entertainment licensing for premises including pubs, bars, restaurants, large event spaces, festivals and developments. The 'enormously experienced and knowledgeable' Anthony Lyons is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Felicity Tulloch

Other key lawyers:


‘Very efficient, easy to contact, friendly service – from the accounts team to the main contact.’

‘A superb licensing team with a pre-eminent reputation in the North West and an impressive client list in London.’

‘Felicity Tulloch has extremely good judgement and is very well connected.’

‘Rebecca Ingram is a rising young star in licensing.’

‘Kuits is one of the leading licensing firms in the country, and handles a significant proportion of Manchester’s hospitality work. The company also has strengths in planning and noise nuisance.’

‘Anthony Lyons is enormously experienced and knowledgeable and personable.’

‘Rebecca Ingram is great to work with. Always very responsive and provides excellent advice. Her knowledge of her sector is second to none.’

Key clients

Allied London

Brewdog Retail Limited

Bruntwood Estates

Flat Cap Hotels

GG Hospitality (The Stock Exchange Hotel & Hotel Football, Manchester)

Mission Mars Group

Revolution Bars Group

Somerset House Trust, London

The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant Limited

The New World Trading Company (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advisde on all licensing matters in England and Wales for Brewdog, including new and existing sites and a brand new Brewdog Hotel concept.
  • Advised the fast growing Alchemist brand, dealing with all licensing matters in England and Wales for The Alchemist bars and restaurants.
  • Advised on numerous matters for national property development and investment company Allied London, including in Manchester and Leeds.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP routinely acts for business owners, particularly owners of family-run businesses, on managing their estates. The team's work on succession planning aids clients in protecting and passing on their businesses in a tax-efficient manner. The practice is also active in estate administration and the representation of vulnerable individuals, including acting in multi-jurisdictional matters. A particular niche specialism for the firm is the creation and management of personal injury trusts to hold compensation awarded following injuries, preventing these funds from being assessed for means-tested benefits purposes. Estate planning specialist Graham Wood leads the team, and is ably supported by the 'highly approachable and technically excellent' Paul Bricknell. Elaine Roche joined the practice from JMW Solicitors LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Graham Wood

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bracknall; Lauren Clyne; Elaine Roche


‘Kuits has a strong client focus looking to deliver a diverse range of legal services. It applies its expertise and knowledge in a collaborative and open manner. ’

‘Graham Wood has a very engaging manner and a technical specialist in so far as personal tax, trusts and probate service is concerned. He is happy to share his expertise with colleagues and clients alike. ’

‘The team are knowledgeable, proactive and commercial in their approach and personable when dealing with clients. They are also willing to go the extra mile when required.’

‘Paul Bricknell has provided invaluable advice for clients. He is very commercially aware and explains complex matters in a way clients understand.’

‘The alignment of values is what I find the most important. The client coming first in all situations and the ability to work together to create the best possible client outcome.’

‘Paul Bricknell is both highly approachable and technically excellent. He has the ability to quickly put clients at ease and quickly create lasting relationships’

‘The team are constantly providing ideas and support for us. We work in close collaboration with them sharing information and ideas’

‘Graham Wood is our principal point of contact, and will always make himself available for Zoom meetings, particularly in the past 12 months when Covid has such an effect on usual life.’

Work highlights

  • Advises on all of the legal arrangements for a charitable trust, dealing with donations to, and agreements with, over 20 recipient charities. This has involved distributions in excess of £50 million for projects that are having a significant positive impact on the Manchester community.

Employment > Employment: employee/union firms Tier 2

Under the leadership of Kevin McKenna, Kuit Steinart Levy LLP advises groups of employees and individuals on employment matters. In 2020, the team's tribunal work ranged from handling breach of contract claims to assisting employees involved in disciplinary issues. The practice also advises on complex matters involving whistleblowing.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McKenna

Other key lawyers:

Sally Bird; Mark McKeating; Lauren Ogden


‘Kevin McKenna was brilliant, always available, sage advice and friendly. In a tough personal situation he was calming and gave me the confidence and advice I needed. Highly valued and highly recommended. ’

‘My dealings with everybody at KSL have been absolutely professional and reassuring during what has been a very difficult time in my life. At the outset I was aware of the fact that KSL are more expensive than other law firms; but am now certain that it will be worth it if/when I get the outcome which I am hoping for. As my dad used to say; “pay cheap, pay dear” and I truly believe that not going elsewhere for a cheaper deal was the best decision. Even during the pandemic, with cancelled tribunal after tribunal, both Kevin McKenna and Lauren Ogden have clearly and sympathetically explained my potions and given me sound advice.’

‘From our first meeting, over a year ago, Kevin McKenna and Lauren Ogden have been totally supportive of my case. They have always been available to me, especially when I have become upset or overwhelmed by the situation which I have found myself in. Lauren is especially empathetic to my plight and has really helped me deal with what has been an incredibly upsetting time. She always calls me to advise of any money due for payment and this has been very helpful in being able to pay for their exceptional service. I feel that both Kevin and Lauren have gone over and above their remit for me and am confident that they always have my best interests at heart. I really don’t know what I would have done without their help and support.’

‘Kuits as a firm of lawyers are extremely competent, and give straight advice – client care being utmost in that advice. The employment team wholly reflects that culture. ’

‘Kevin McKenna in particular is extremely strong in his field. At a professional level, Kevin is technically strong and is able to provide balanced views, but concludes those views with clear and precise advice with good reasoning in the context. On a personal level, I have a debt of gratitude to Kevin who steered me through a very difficult period in my career. The outcome being hugely successful. I would have no hesitation in recommending Kevin and his team and wish them the best of luck.’

‘Very professional and knowledge of the employment area. Easy to contact and always available and always a prompt response’

‘Both the partner and his assistant were easy to deal with and the outcome was above my expectations. My family are now using their Family Law department and would recommend them to family, friends and business colleagues.’

Employment Tier 2

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's varied employment law practice provides advice to clients on day-to-day employment issues and matters such as redundancies and TUPE. The team frequently advises company boards on issues involving senior executives and directors, such as the investigation of allegations and executive departures. While the practice is active across a range of sectors, sports and leisure are two areas of focus. Practice head Kevin McKenna has experience across employment law, while Sally Bird focuses on boardroom disputes. Mark McKeating is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McKenna

Other key lawyers:


‘The team have carved their own niche when it comes to supporting owner-managed businesses, and SMEs of all types. They have an innate, genuine understanding of the requirements of this quite unique sector. ’

‘Kevin McKenna – an excellent lawyer, consistently pushing the boundaries of his field – fantastic, business focused advice, and extremely knowledgeable. Mark McKeating – a real rising star, he is very approachable, calm, incisive with his advice and responsive. A safe pair of hands.’

‘Mark McKeating – Mark is the key contact. We have been working with Mark for a number of years now; he understands our business and commercial objectives and we have complete confidence in the advice he gives us. Mark clearly has a deep understanding of this area of law but he also has a wealth of practical experience – he’s “been there and done that” and this means that his advice is always practical as well as legally sound. All parts of our business enjoy working with him.’

‘Kuits as a whole is extremely down to earth and always feels part of your business rather than a separate entity. The practice is welcoming, understanding and highly professional. The difference Kuits had that sets them above any other practice I have worked with the the past is that they have absolute honesty and integrity. You know that what they say has been fully researched, every possible scenario explored and that the support they provide is endless. They work for your business in the truest manner and never feel like they are out to make a quick buck out of cases but offer realistic and honest advice that makes them an integral part of any business. They are also a company that you would aspire to be like. They are modern, diverse, repsectful, put their employees first, and are pushing boundaries where ever possible.’

‘The team we have dealt with at Kuits are commercially astute and provide practical legal guidance and advice and willing to take calculated risks. Quick turnaround on issues and feedback.’

‘We have worked closely with Mark McKeating and James Howarth. They have a practical common sense approach, and have a good understanding of our business. Have good availability for attending meetings at short notice.’

Key clients

Auto Trader

Crown Oil Limited

DW Sports

Handl Group

Harnbury Holdings Limited (trading as San Carlo restaurants)

Maersk Line UK

Mission Mars

Salford City Football Club

Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for executors, beneficiaries, and relatives of the deceased in contentious probate and trust matters. On the probate side, the team frequently advises on challenges to the validity of wills, including those made on the grounds of lack of capacity. The practice also acts for the beneficiaries of trusts in disputes with trustees. Andrew Weinberg has now retired, with Peter Kaye taking over as practice head. Kaye has a background in commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wilson


‘The team has an exceptional level of expertise in this field. I always remain impressed by their up to date knowledge. They have an excellent collaborative approach ensuring that every member is engaged.’

‘Peter Kaye – a capable and confident leader. He combines great insight and perception with pragmatism and commerciality but he is ruthless when needed. ’

‘Kuits are able to combine the high level professional approach of a mid-size firm with approachability and personal service from top individuals. It is clear that they provide a client-focussed bespoke service. ’

‘Kuits are deservedly regarded as one of the best firms in the North West. Their work for clients is always meticulously prepared by experts with a wealth of knowledge and sound judgment.’

‘Peter Kaye is extremely approachable, knowledgeable, and has a keen eye for detail. A strong litigator. Richard Wilson is great to work with and receptive to client needs. Offers practical solutions to clients during litigation.’

‘This is first time I have had to deal with a Law company at this level although I have a lot of experience of dealing with professional people at this ‘level’ Having worked at big oil companies, their high tech communications is at the top and this something I immediately found at Kuits, whether it was arranging meeting or delivering messaging. Everything was as good as you will find at a top level company.’

‘Kuits assigned two main people on our case who were excellent all the way through the 12 month issue and never once underestimate the issues we faced and were always there to help during the times when we were getting disallusioned. Peter Kaye and Richard Wilson were brilliant in bringing the case to a satisfactory conclusion during the additional burden of Covid. ’

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

The team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is well-regarded for ‘offering clear, good advice in a prompt fashion’. ‘Outstanding lawyerNick Nyunt leads the practice and specialises in property development, while ‘exceptionalAdam Hymes contributes expertise in residential development. While long-serving partner David Haffner left the team in 2020, the addition of Andrew Knight from Clyde & Co LLP in the same year strengthened the team’s landlord and tenant management capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Nick Nyunt

Other key lawyers:

Adam Hymes; David Moroney; Andrew Knight; Steve Eccleston


‘The team at Kuits is our first call in relation to commercial property. Their ability to help us to think through and then implement commercial property transactions in a highly commercial and pragmatic way give us a key commercial advantage. They are specialists in all the areas we need and are highly collaborative both with us and with our counterparties.’

‘Nick Nyunt is the partner heading the team and is an outstanding lawyer. He has a tremendous eye for detail but never lets that get in the way of the commerciality of the deal.

‘Andrew Knight handles our landlord and tenant requirements. Very user-friendly and very smart.’

‘Steve Eccleston is an exceptional problem solver and his input has often proved invaluable in support of the team. ’

‘Adam Hymes is exceptional. The way he has performed over the last year is a credit to both his firm and the profession. ’

‘Every member of the property and litigation teams we’ve dealt with are efficient, accessible and proactive.’

‘A great team to work with given all specialities within the firm. To date we are yet to encounter an issue that Kuits were able to guide us on firmly and with experience. From a commercial perspective, not only the ability but also willingness to lead a deal to completion, liaising with our consultants on their own initiative and arguing points on open calls with parties on the other side.’

Key clients

Beech Holdings

David Samuel Properties


PIN Property

Property Alliance Group

Salboy Limited

Stewart Milne Homes

The Ventnor Group

Trafford Housing Trust

University of Salford

Work highlights

  • Advised PIN Property on the purchase of an 80,000 sq ft office complex in Cheadle for £6m from BASF.
  • Advised Cantt Pak Limited on the purchase of an 18.6 acre development site in Wolverhampton for £5m.
  • Advised property investment firm Yakel Consultants on the acquisition of a 50,000 sq ft office complex Connect Business Village in Liverpool.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's diverse intellectual property offering encompasses non-contentious matters such as trade mark establishment, portfolio acquisitions, and patent registration, alongside complex contentious issues including software and database protection, patent litigation, and international trade mark litigation. Clients include companies and individuals in the fashion, retail, entertainment, and sports sectors. Bruce Jones now leads the team, and is dual qualified as a European patent attorney, with Ian Morris taking on a consultant role. Claire Meyers specialises in contentious intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Jones

Other key lawyers:


‘Brilliant understanding of the issues and cutting to the chase.’

‘Bruce Jones – never lets an issue be deferred, always considering and planning the right approach and being forthright in his assessment and opinions’

‘Friendliness, collaboration, expertise.’

‘Humna Nadim is always willing to help and think of different ways how to be of assistance in a case.’

‘Humna Nadim is a stand-out solicitor in the intellectual property team. She is personable, extremely knowledgeable and a clear communicator. I would not hesitate to refer clients to her. Humna is also proactive in organising IP seminars and events that are informative and facilitate networking and introductions.’


Key clients


Beauty Bay Limited



Character World Limited

Class of ‘92

Dairy Crest

DRSP Limited

Harnbury Holdings Limited (San Carlo restaurants)


Thornton & Ross Limited

University Academy 92 Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Beauty Bay in a competition claim against L’Oreal.
  • Advising healthtech organisation EQL on all elements of its IP creation, development, protection and exploitation.
  • Representing AdMoments in IP exploitation proceedings.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP advises a diverse range of companies, including businesses in the healthcare, retail, tech, and leisure sector, with clients including family-owned businesses, national companies, and AIM-listed businesses. Rob Buckley heads up the overall team, focusing on corporate transactions and private equity work, with particular strength in the sports sector. Kirsti Pinnell takes the lead on corporate transactional and finance work, while James Wall advises on commercial matters such as contracts and IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Rob Buckley; Kirsti Pinnell; James Wall

Other key lawyers:

Helen Mather


‘Strong client engagement with an open and honest style. Responsive and flexible approach to delivering work. Only charge where work is of value to us.’

‘Take time to understand our business and our personalities in order to offer us the service we demand. Quick to react and always ahead of the game.’

‘Personable and practical. Easy to talk to and understand the daily realities of business.’

‘Ease of access to subject matter experts with low friction. ’

‘Helen Mather – During a particularly difficult management buyout, Helen was able to help us navigate negotiating all of the key terms and ultimately get the deal done. She was able to tread carefully – being both candid and professional. She worked effectively as an extension of our business, no question or query was too much and her guidance was exceptional. ’


Key clients

Beauty Bay

GG Hospitality Management Limited

Graco, Inc

Harnbury Holdings (San Carlo Group)

Hollowood Chemists Limited

Ironveld plc

Kazera Global plc

Property Alliance Group Limited

Relentless group of companies (Gary Neville)

Salford City Football Club

Smartkem Limited

The Barkby Group plc

University Academy 92 (UA92)

Work highlights

  • Advised The Barkby Group PLC on a reverse takeover on AIM for an aggregate consideration of £30.6m.
  • Advised Graco Inc on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Alco Valves Limited, a UK subsidiary.
  • Advised on Salford City FC’s extended five-year sponsorship deal with TalkTalk.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's commercial litigation team is particular well-known for handling contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, product liability claims and contentious probate issues. Recently, the group has been assisting clients with Covid-19-related issues, including business interruption insurance claims, supply chain interruptions and frustration of contracts. IP litigator Bruce Jones took over as practice head from Andrew Weinberg, who retired. Other names to note include the 'thoughtful and analytical' Damian Bailey and 'impressive operator' Peter Kaye. Recently promoted 'bright and effective litigator' Phillip Warburton is the key senior associate to note following Kathryn Parrish's departure to Glaisyers LLP.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Jones

Other key lawyers:


‘Damian Bailey – a thoughtful and analytical lawyer who is tenacious in his dealing with opponents. He drafts his correspondence with care and precision, articulating difficult concepts with ease and clarity.

‘During lockdown I have been particularly impressed by how quickly the department adapted to remote working separated from each other and secretarial staff. There is an excellent team ethos and it was clear to me from the start that the team were focused on ensuring their clients continued to receive the same high level of service. E-bundling was seamless and the available technology used to its maximum to ensure that clients were not prejudiced by the unforeseen events.’

‘Damian Bailey gave excellent, professional service.’

Peter Kaye – an impressive operator with clients. Peter ensures that the clients are engaged with every step in the litigation process and remain appraised at all times. He is quick to adapt to any change in his opponent’s stance and fights his client’s corner without fear or favour.

Richard Wilson – measured and conscientious. Rick is maturing into an excellent lawyer who is perceptive and intuitive. He is hardworking and is a future leader of the team.

‘Phillip Warburton is a bright and effective litigator.’

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's banking and real estate finance team acts for banks, property lenders and independent lenders in a variety of matters related to real estate transactions. George MacMillan leads the practice, drawing on expertise in development and investment issues. Alison Kellett frequently supports lenders with property acquisitions and re-mortgaging work, while Meave O’Neill focuses on financing matters in the retail, commercial and residential sectors.

Practice head(s):

George MacMillan

Other key lawyers:

Alison Kellett; Meave O’Neill


‘Quality and professionalism of the staff.’

‘Kuits are a firm that punches above its weight. They have very experienced partners who are accessible. They are commercial in their approach and client service is very important to them. They develop their people in a consistent manner which is very important to us as we focus on long-term partnership relationships – therefore quality and consistency of people is very important to us. They have utilised technology to remain in close contact with clients and to continue to collaborate with us and our customers where we instruct Kuits to act for us.’

Key clients

Aldermore Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank (AIB)

Atom Bank

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Close Brothers Bridging Finance (Manchester)

Handelsbanken AB

Investec Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group plc


Oaknorth Bank Plc

Recognise Bank Ltd

Roma Finance



The Royal Bank of Scotland

Private client > Family Tier 4

'A small team that does top quality work', the family practice at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is routinely instructed to advise on financial disputes between separating individuals, as well as providing assistance with drafting pre-nuptial agreements. The team's clients frequently hold assets such as offshore trusts, as well as family businesses which they wish to protect from relationship breakdowns. Colin Davies leads the practice and has more than 25 years' experience in this area. Associate Madelaine Hailey is also recommended and is praised as 'staggeringly bright with exceptional judgement'.

Practice head(s):

Colin Davies

Other key lawyers:

Madelaine Hailey; Ayesha Griffin


‘Madeleine Hailey and Ayesha Griffin were absolutely fantastic, they were supportive, their knowledge is second to none, they cared about my case and were extremely efficient, responsive and prompt. They made me feel like no question was stupid, and like no email was irrelevant. All in all I could not recommend them highly enough.’

‘Madelaine Hailey is the stand out. In a really competitive Manchester Family Law market she really does hold her own and is much in demand if the quality and volume of work she sends to chambers is any indicator. Really is one to watch.’

‘Colin Davies is brilliant, his attention to detail and client care is outstanding. He plans in advance, sends papers in a good order with clear instructions for counsel.’

‘Madelaine Hailey is extremely capable and impressive. She is thorough, determined and acts above her years of experience.’

‘They are a small team that does top quality work. The level and quality of their cases given the size of the team is remarkable. They are not fussy or showy, they just consistently do cases of very high net worth (including for many public figures and celebreties). The team of three are all exceptionally bright and able lawyers.’

‘Madelaine Hailey: staggeringly bright with exceptional judgement. A real star in the making who is going to become one of the absolute leading lights in the field in Manchester. Tenacious but never over the top. The quality of her case preparation and correspondence is extraordinarily high. Colin Davies is a very good lawyer with a calm, sensible head.’

‘This is a very impressive outfit that has cross-firm cover and expertise for a one-stop shop that is able to cater for all client needs; a recent case has involved detailed knowledge of regulatory controls, litigation procedure and wealth transfers in the context of a difficult separation involving children and asset transfers. ’

‘I have worked in particular with Madelaine Hailey; she is an exceptional young lawyer with a very bright future. She is smart, collaborative and very street-wise and has an eye for the detail that matters and makes a difference to the strategic bigger picture. She always has the optimum end goal in sight, and coped fantastically well with an extremely difficult client to ensure that the right solution was achieved. She doesn’t miss a trick.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has a strong track record in matters such as contested lease renewals, possession actions and dilapidations claims. Senior associate Rebecca Jones , who is ‘a leader in her field‘, handles a range of property disputes. She is supported by senior associate Phillip Warburton, who has broad commercial and residential property law expertise. Bruce Jones is the department head. Andrew Weinberg has retired.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Jones

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Jones; Phillip Warburton


‘Kuits have a collaborative team whereby partners, associates and trainees collectively contribute to each specific matter. They are particularly adept at ensuring that any one of the team can pick up and handle any query.’

‘Rebecca Jones is a leader in her field and brings a certain degree of calmness and surety to proceedings. Philip Warburton has provided a swift and sound level of service since joining the team.’

‘We have been very happy with the performance of this team in helping us through some difficult situations. We have had excellent results and would have no hesitation in recommending them.’

‘All my dealings with all members of the team have been very satisfactory.’

‘Strong team with excellent client management.’

‘Rebecca Jones goes the extra mile for her clients. She is on top of the factual and legal details of a case, and is also able to step back and consider the matter practically and commercially.’

Key clients

Beech Properties Limited

David Samuel Properties

IO Oil and Gas

London & Scottish Property Investments Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

University of Salford

Work highlights

  • Advised IO Oil and Gas UK LLP on a break notice on property at The Shard in London, including issues arising from unlawful assignment by the client’s own sub-tenant.
  • Provide day-to-day asset management assistance to London and Scottish Property Investment Management on a variety of matters, relating to assets held by the Real Estate Investment Trust in respect of £750m worth of regional office and light industrial property space.
  • Advised University of Salford on securing vacant possession to facilitate a multi-million pound redevelopment to create a world-leading robotics facility, as part of a £2.5bn, 240-acre major regeneration scheme.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP undertakes a wide ambit of contentious tax work for clients, including tax scheme investigations, furlough fraud cases, criminal tax investigations and prosecutions. Team head Robert Levy represents a number of offshore banks in complex tax investigations. Paul Bricknell is recommended for tax disclosure work and investigations that concern false invoicing, cryptocurrency gain, property income and offshore structures.

Practice head(s):

Robert Levy

Other key lawyers:


Open approach, collaborative and very experienced in financial and regulatory matters including bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax fraud and corporate/individual compliance.’

Robert Levy is a joy to work with, great experience, strong interpersonal skills and adopts a collaborative and inclusive approach to clients and intermediaries.’

Practice is unique in offering client friendly boutique style service. Professional approach and instruct counsel clearly and comprehensibly. Always available to discuss cases.’

Robert Levy and Paul Bricknell establish a strong rapport with clients and provide insightful, commercial advice. They have been particularly quick to adapt to new ways of working over the last year or so in response to the challenges of COVID-19.’

Real estate > Construction Tier 6

Assisting clients in wide range of projects across the commercial development, energy, transport and logistics areas in addition to working with local councils, Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is headed by construction and engineering specialist Charlie Tomlinson, who is praised for providing ‘clear and pragmatic advice’. As well as advising on all of the standard major forms of contract, the team also has expertise in drafting bespoke forms of contract for specialist projects.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Tomlinson

Other key lawyers:

Steven Finney


‘The arrival of Charlie Tomlinson has added significant weight to Kuits’ construction practice.’

‘Charlie Tomlinson is very quick at spotting the issues involved and provides clear and pragmatic advice on how best to proceed in order to best protect his clients’ interests and achieve the desired outcome.’

‘The service provided by the department is extremely efficient. The members of the team have excellent knowledge of their field and are able to deal with complex issues in a commercial way.’

‘They are always available to deal with matters and respond promptly to emails. They are able to explain matters concisely and are aware of the clients requirements.’

‘Provide sound and quality advice in property dealings.’

‘Charlie Tomlinson and Steven Finney have worked closely with us on a number of transactions in the past year. They are always approachable and supportive.’

Key clients

Emerson Group Limited

Hardwick Homes Limited

Heaton Group Limited

Legend Property Group Limited

PIN Property

Property Alliance Group Limited

Rayner Rowen Construction Limited

Regal Estates Limited

Stoller Charitable Trust

Urban Logistics Limited

This leading Manchester commercial law firm advises and services businesses, their owners and high-net-worth individuals in the region, nationally and internationally, including SMEs, financial institutions, property investment companies and PLCs. The firm has specialist expertise in the healthcare, leisure, fashion, sport and charities sectors, along with niche expertise in serious tax investigations and family business succession planning.

The firm: Based in Manchester City Centre for 110 years and a UK200-listed law firm, Kuits is securely established as a leading commercial advisor in the region, with a growing national and international reputation. Kuits seek to provide tailored advice to clients through integrated teams with high technical and personal skill levels. The firm’s overall approach is to develop close, long-term relationships with clients to gain a greater understanding of their business and its drivers,  focusing on commerciality, collaboration and making connections.

The firm has developed strong international connections through its membership of the TAGLaw International Law Firm Alliance, and is a preferred adviser for a number of UK and overseas banks.

Types of work undertaken: The firm has major teams servicing the following areas:

Corporate: Provides highly-focused commercial advice to businesses and individuals on corporate structures, general corporate affairs, M&A and fundraising, and has developed specialisms in advising on investment and protection structures for family and AIM companies.

Commercial: Provides highly-focused commercial advice to businesses and individuals on corporate structures, general corporate affairs, M&A and fundraising, and has developed specialisms in advising on investment and protection structures for family and AIM companies.

IP: Specialises in complex IP litigation, brand copyright,data protection, competition law,counterfeiting cases patents and reputation management

Commercial property: One of the largest and most experienced teams in Manchester, the firm advises on investment, development, construction, planning, estate management, acquisition structures, and distressed market and debt restructuring, with specialist expertise in funding issues and default situations, and complex banking documentation and negotiations.

Litigation: Has particular expertise in complex professional negligence claims, and high-value disputes. The team also advises on commercial landlord and tenant, shareholder disputes, contentious probate, and restructuring and insolvency.

Employment: Advises senior executives and businesses on all employment issues, including contracts, executive dismissals, confidential information and restrictive covenants, High Court Injunctions, redundancy, tribunal litigation involving whistleblowing and discrimination, unfair dismissal, and employment aspects in company transactions.

Banking: Provides commercial advice and assistance for both investment and development finance, the management of assets over which clients have security, the recovery of monies lent, security reviews, security re-structures (including bespoke facilities and inter-creditor arrangements), and LPA receiver appointments.

Licensing: Advises on all aspects of liquor and entertainment licensing, and is renowned for dealing with contested applications, areas of Cumulative Impact and advising developers on licences in principle.

Private client: The firm’s private offering includes tax and trusts, residential, and family law. The team specialises in complex wills, probate, inheritance tax planning, domicile and residence, Office of the Public Guardian/Court of Protection/Powers of Attorney and serious HMRC investigations. The team advises on the full spectrum of family law, but is particularly known for complex matrimonial matters such as trust arrangements, business and property assets, and public pensions.

Managing partner Steve Ecclestonsteveeccleston@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Executive partner Robert Levyrobertlevy@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Corporate and commercial Rob Buckleyrobbuckley@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Commercial property Nick Nyuntnicknyunt@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Employment Kevin McKennakevinmckenna@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Tax Graham Woodgrahamwood@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Banking George MacMillangeorgemacmillan@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Licensing Felicity Tullochfelicitytulloch@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Intellectual property and Litigation Bruce Jonesbrucejones@kuits.com0161 832 3434
Residential property Anthony Hardyanthonyhardy@kuits.com0161 832 3434
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Rob Buckley photo Rob BuckleyPartner and head of department, Rob specialises in all aspects of corporate…
Wendi Bussin photo Wendi BussinWendi is the firm’s specialist regulatory and business crime consultant, with over…
David Chambers photo David ChambersDavid is a senior associate in our tax and estate planning team.…
Lauren Clyne photo Lauren ClyneLauren is a partner and specialises in tax and estate planning for…
Colin Davies photo Colin DaviesColin is a Senior Lawyer in our family team. Areas of Expertise…
Martin Davies photo Martin DaviesMartin joined Kuits in 1990 and heads the department’s property management team.…
Steve Eccleston photo Steve EcclestonManaging partner Kuits, Steve began his career in the firm’s commercial property…
Madelaine Hailey photo Madelaine HaileySenior Associate Madelaine’s practice predominantly comprises contested financial matters, for both divorcing…
Christopher Hardy photo Christopher HardyChris specialises in all aspects of commercial property, including acquisitions, sales, and…
Tony Hardy photo Tony HardyPartner and head of the residential property team, Tony joined Kuits in…
Claire Heron photo Claire HeronClaire has experience of both residential and commercial property work including freehold…
Claire Hollins photo Claire HollinsClaire joined Kuits in May 2021 as a Senior Associate in our…
Adam Hymes photo Adam HymesAdam is one of Manchester’s pre-eminent development solicitors. He specialises in residential…
Rebecca Ingram photo Rebecca IngramRebecca advises on all aspects of alcohol and entertainment licensing for premises…
Steve Jackson photo Steve JacksonSteve is a senior member of the Landlord and Tenant team and…
Rebecca Jones photo Rebecca JonesRebecca is a senior associate in the firm’s litigation team. Expertise Rebecca’s…
Bruce Jones photo Bruce JonesBruce Jones is a partner at Kuits and is one of a…
Yasmin Kalantari photo Yasmin KalantariYasmin provides advice on intellectual property disputes and works with clients across…
Peter Kaye photo Peter KayePeter is a senior lawyer in our commercial disputes team. Areas of…
Alison Kellett photo Alison KellettAlison is a Partner in the Banking and Real Estate Finance Team…
Andrew Knight photo Andrew KnightAndrew specialises in commercial landlord and tenant, development, and investment sales. Andrew…
Robert Levy photo Robert LevyExecutive partner of Kuits, Robert is legal adviser on company and business…
Stephen Lopeman photo Stephen LopemanStephen specialises in property acquisitions, disposals and general development work. He has…
Anthony Lyons photo Anthony LyonsAnthony is a consultant within the licensing department and has considerable experience acting…
George MacMillan photo George MacMillanGeorge has been in practice for over 25 years and for the…
Helen Mather photo Helen MatherHelen is a partner in the firm’s corporate team. Areas of Expertise…
Duncan McGregor photo Duncan McGregorDuncan is a Partner in the Residential Property Team. He specialises in all…
Mark McKeating photo Mark McKeatingMark is a partner in the employment team. Areas of Expertise Mark…
Kevin McKenna photo Kevin McKennaPartner and Head of Employment, Kevin joined Kuits in 2013 from Weightmans.…
Claire Meyers photo Claire MeyersClaire is a partner and specialises in contentious intellectual property work. She…
David Moroney photo David MoroneyDavid is a Partner in the Commercial Property Team. Whilst acting on a…
Ian Morris photo Ian MorrisConsultant Ian specialises in contentious IP work and has over 40 years’…
Humna Nadim photo Humna NadimHumna has particular expertise in registered and unregistered design cases and experience…
Emma Nimmo photo Emma NimmoEmma specialises in the acquisition and disposal of investment properties and has…
Nick Nyunt photo Nick NyuntPartner and head of commercial property, Nick specialises in property development (including…
Meave O'Neill photo Meave O'NeillMeave is a partner in the firm’s banking and real estate finance…
Kirsti Pinnell photo Kirsti PinnellCorporate partner specialising in corporate finance and M&A, investments and joint ventures,…
Elaine Roche photo Elaine RocheElaine has a wealth of experience in working alongside families to structure…
Charlie Tomlinson photo Charlie TomlinsonCharlie is a consultant and Head of Construction, Engineering and Energy for Kuits.…
Felicity Tulloch photo Felicity TullochFelicity is a partner in the Kuits licensing team and specialises in…
James Wall photo James WallJames was promoted to partner 2016 and deals with all aspects of…
Phillip Warburton photo Phillip WarburtonPhillip is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer with experience of dealing with…
Jan Winstanley photo Jan WinstanleyJan specialises in a wide range of corporate matters including company and…
Graham Wood photo Graham WoodPartner and Head of the Tax and Estate Planning Team, Graham specialises…
Number of UK partners : 32
Number of other UK fee-earners : 76

CLIENT: Adam Binks, Chief Operating Officer
TESTIMONIAL: I can’t praise the corporate team at Kuits highly enough for their hard work, diligence and commitment when working with them. Their commercial support on a complex and highly significant transaction was invaluable coupled with their in-depth knowledge and experience, meant tough obstacles we faced were overcome with minimal concern. They continuously went above and beyond what could be reasonably expected and despite consistent pressures, showed the upmost professionalism in seeing the deal through to completion.

CLIENT: Dave Statham, Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Finlay Group
TESTIMONIAL: The corporate team at Kuits made one of the most difficult projects I could imagine progress smoothly, taking most of the strain and worry out of the deal whilst professionally guiding a board of directors to an excellent conclusion.

CLIENT: Kelly White, CEO
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Kuits in a commercial capacity for a number of years now and have found them to be an integral part of our business. Always forward-thinking in their approach, they’re at least five steps ahead of where we need them to be, and take a proactive approach to advice that has been invaluable to our growth.

CLIENT: Calvin Evans, Co-founder
TESTIMONIAL: Kuits facilitated the acquisition of our business and were supportive and knowledgeable throughout the engagement and were able to really preserve the ‘human element’ of the deal, whilst executing the legal side with deft efficiency. I would highly recommend them and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

CLIENT: David Gabbie, Director
TESTIMONIAL: Kuits has been a key adviser as our business has grown. We’ve always found them to be highly commercial and innovative.

CLIENT: Michael Calvert, Co-founder
COMPANY/FIRM: Progress Group
TESTIMONIAL: The team’s dedication and professionalism never wavered throughout the transaction. The final few weeks approaching the closure of the sale were a testing time for all, as things were starting to draw out. Without Kuits’ commitment, the deal may never have completed.

CLIENT: Jon Hall APFS, Chartered Financial Planner
COMPANY/FIRM: Sterling Partners
TESTIMONIAL: Kuits helped me in resolving a contract dispute with my previous employer and, from the first discussion, immediately put my mind at rest. Kevin McKenna quickly understood my situation and explained everything clearly, outlining the course of action to take, when it would be done and the possible outcomes. I have been very impressed with the timely fashion in which everything has been carried out.

CLIENT: Naser Fouad, Chairman & CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: St George Healthcare Group
TESTIMONIAL: As this deal enabled us to reinvest in our portfolio, while funding the development of a new specialist hospital, it was of great importance to us. Kuits’ corporate team understood this and worked closely with us to provide trusted commercial advice throughout. We would definitely recommend their services.

CLIENT: Martin Quigley
COMPANY/FIRM: Design Pro Software
TESTIMONIAL: I’m beyond happy with how Kuits helped me on the sale of my business and with what I regard as having been an incredibly difficult process. Everyone has been utterly exemplary. To be honest, you all made it look effortless.

CLIENT: Coronation Street
TESTIMONIAL: Kuits has been advising us on a number of Coronation Street storylines to ensure they are legally accurate and stay as true to life as possible. We are very grateful for their assistance and have always found them to be accessible, friendly and open.

CLIENT: Dave Atkins, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Orchard Care Homes
TESTIMONIAL: As always, Kuits delivered a fantastic and professional service during a recent commercial property purchase and re-mortgage. The best attributes for me are the swift replies and chasing up of outstanding matters, so I can always be sure of an efficient service. I would not hesitate to recommend Kuits and will be using them again.

CLIENT: Mary Kan-Hai, Group HR Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: The Emerson Group
TESTIMONIAL: I feel confident that out managers will now be much better equipped to manage employee issues and spot risks more effectively as a result of the training. I can already see the results in some a month after the training.

CLIENT: Bernadette Neale
COMPANY/FIRM: Care sector business owner
TESTIMONIAL: I was impressed with the professional way Kuits handled the sale of our two businesses. Their legal expertise and professionalism went above and beyond our expectations, and we were guided throughout the transaction from start to finish. The team working with us were extremely accessible and communicative, and we would have no hesitation in recommending Kuits to others.