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Kuit Steinart Levy LLP Offices
3 ST MARY'S PARSONAGE
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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.
‘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.’
Licensing Tier 1
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'.
The team works in well collaboration with its clients
The team is always on hand for advice
It is extremely responsive
Brew Dog Bars
The New World Trading Company (UK)
Revolution Bars Group (trading as Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba)
Turtle Bay Restaurants
Individual Restaurants Company (Piccolino, The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Gino D’Campo)
Somerset House Trust, London
The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant
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.
‘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.’
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
Manor Retail Ltd
Crown Oil Limited
Employment Tier 2
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.
‘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.‘
Maersk Line UK
Harnbury Holdings Limited (trading as San Carlo restaurants)
Crown Oil Limited
Salford City Football Club
Intellectual property Tier 2
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.
‘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’.
Character World Limited
Beauty Bay Limited
Harnbury Holdings Limited
Thornton & Ross Limited
Class of ‘92
Scomadi Worldwide Ltd
Banking and finance Tier 3
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.
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’
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3
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.
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.
‘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’.
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
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.
‘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.’
David Samuel Properties
Trafford Housing Trust
Stewart Milne Homes
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.
‘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.’
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.
‘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’.
Bagir Group Ltd
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
Montessori Nursery Group
Harnbury Holdings (San Carlo Group)
Family Tier 4
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.
‘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.’
Property litigation Tier 4
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.
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
London & Scottish Investments
Land Securities Group
Property Alliance Group
David Samuel Properties
Heaton Group (Manchester)
Construction Tier 6
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.
Styles & Wood
London and Scottish Investments
Property Alliance Group
David Samuel Properties
Kuit Steinart Levy LLP > Firm Profile
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.
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, focussing 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.
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Staff FiguresNumber 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
COMPANY/FIRM: Red Cow Media
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
COMPANY/FIRM: Beauty Bay
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.