Kuit Steinart Levy LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

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

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP’s Manchester-based licensing department acts for a wide range of clients, most notably across the hospitality and leisure sectors, including competitive socialising brands, sports clubs, and festival operators, and it is described by clients as a ‘first-class licensing team – the best outside London.’ Led by licensing specialist Felicity Tulloch, the team is often called upon by law firms without specialist licensing departments to assist in the drafting and vetting of licensing clauses in property agreements. The group, which is home to Rebecca Lowe, has developed a reputation for successfully obtaining new premise licences in areas of cumulative impact. Drawing on her experience as a healthcare regulatory solicitor, Claire Morris acts for hospitality clients in defending review applications. Anthony Lyons left the firm in March 2022.

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‘The whole process, from beginning to end, was absolutely flawless. Both professionally and legally astute, the practice goes above and beyond to ensure the correct result.’

‘Rebecca Lowe and Felicity Tulloch are a pleasure to deal with and display a constant dedication to ensure our needs are met at every step of the legal processes.’

‘Real quality and experience throughout the licensing team. Exceptional industry knowledge and relationships with local authorities, particularly in the North West.’

‘Felicity Tulloch is a leading light of licensing, both in the North West and further afield, including London. Very experienced and excellent judgment. Excellent on the detail and big picture. Very commercial in her approach. A real asset to clients.’

‘Kuits are justifiably the go-to for licensing support in Manchester.’

‘Highly experienced team with a wealth of knowledge about licensing and the hospitality industry. Capable of factoring in the cross over with planning law.’

‘The Kuits Licenscing team are well led and are always available. They react swiftly to our needs and requirements. Everyone in the team is interested in our business and understand the challenges of our industry.’

Key clients

The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant Limited

New World Trading Company (UK) Limited

Turtle Bay



Stockport County FC


Pho Café

TOCA Social

Factory International

Work highlights

  • Advised the Alchemist on obtaining a new licence on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia in the face of residential objections.
  • Advised Forbidden Forest Festival on obtaining a premises licence to operate on an annual basis at Belvoir Castle.
  • Advised Turtle Bay on obtaining new licences in Hammersmith, Chester, Salford, Blackpool, Birmingham, and Romford, and on ongoing work to achieve a new licence in the cumulative impact zone in Camden.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

A firm boasting a deep-rooted connection to the local market alongside a portfolio of international cases, Manchester-based Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is highly reputed for its work for high-net worth clients, advising on complex tax, estate and succession planning matters. Inheritance tax mitigation remains at the heart of its private client work, with the team advising families outside the UK with both offshore and onshore assets regarding their exposure to the IHT system. The firm also demonstrate expertise in personal injury trusts, complex business arrangements and specialist tax investigations. Head of department Paul Bricknell works closely with clients to explore investment vehicles such as family investment companies, whilst also heading the specialist team advising on Employee Ownership trusts. Graham Wood is active on a range of matters including Personal Injury Trusts and capacity issues, while Lauren Clyne‘s practice centres on high value estates with international elements.  

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‘Strong technical expertise combined with excellent client handling skills.’

‘Knowledgeable and pragmatic advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on the disposal by the Charitable Trust of an investment property and put in place a number of matched funding arrangements e.g. funding places at Manchester University which cover some of the costs of Oldham students accessing tertiary education.

Employment > Employment: employee/union firms Tier 2

Senior executive exits form the cornerstone of the practice at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP, with the team possessing established strength negotiating settlements and responding to post-termination restrictive covenants. The group is also well versed in unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing cases, advising employees active in the professional services, sport, leisure and hospitality, and education sectors. Kevin McKenna fronts the team and has advised on large-scale settlement agreements for multiple employees involved in severance schemes and redundancy proceedings, as well as representing clients in complex tribunal claims. Sally Bird leverages both her corporate expertise and the experience of her corporate colleagues to act on employment matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, ensuring employees, most notably senior executives, are protected during management restructurings.

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‘I was introduced to the head of department at first and then my case was given over to his colleague, who was extremely professional. She was very approachable and comfortable to deal with. Her understanding of my complicated case was extraordinary, and she pushed in every direction to have my case carried out to an exceptional level. By the time she went on maternity, her colleague, who was just as good in my eyes, took over a case that was already on its way to being won.

‘I really felt that the team took time in assets my situation and it was dealt in a professional and friendly manner.’

‘Kevin McKenna were always there for me giving legal advice but also as moral support.’

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Employment Tier 2

A trusted advisor to a litany of clients in the leisure, sports, hospitality and education sector, Kuit Steinart Levy LLP excels at employment litigation, acting in both sensitive and complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters, and civil litigation pertaining breach of contract and pay discrepancy allegations. In addition, the firm handles a steady stream of mandates from companies on retainer, including advising on TUPE transfers, redundancy proceedings, senior executive exits, and data protection matters. The team is steered by the highly experienced Kevin McKenna, who is chiefly noted for his expertise in technical matters such as national minimum wage and unequal pay issues, as well as his ability to competently advise on employment contracts, employee grievances, and disciplinary issues. Boardroom-centred matters form the cornerstone of Sally Bird‘s practice, and she is routinely involved in stakeholder, contractual, and restrictive covenant disputes, in addition to senior executive departures and arrivals. The ‘helpful and knowledgeable’ Mark McKeating is highly active in diverse and multilayered Employment Tribunal claims alongside large scale TUPE and restructuring projects. Elsewhere, Claire Hollins has been particularly involved in the leisure industry, with key work highlights including advising on gender and disability discrimination, while Claire Treacy has engaged with ad-hoc HR guidance alongside TUPE and restrictive covenant issues.

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‘Kuits, although smaller than other firms we worked with, provided a more comprehensive service. We have found them extremely responsive, personable, approachable and forward thinking. What makes the team unique is their eagerness to understand our culture.’

‘Kevin McKenna heads the team, and we have worked with him for a number of years. He is both pragmatic and accessible. Claire Hollins is super-responsive and provides relevant advice in an efficient manner. Mark McKeating and Claire Treacey are always helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Potential clients would quickly realise that Kuits brings together talented individuals into a team which is greater than the sum of its parts. We use Kuits in preference to any other firm because of its expertise, commercial nous, and stand-out efficiency in communicating.’

‘Kevin McKenna is forensically astute, technically and tactically aware with an intuitive grasp of all facets of a problem. All you want from a solicitor in this field.’

‘A very strong team; we use them as a firm for our own employment matters, and also work with them on behalf of our own clients who require employment support. They are proactive in providing training and client outreach. Lawyers in the team are particularly responsive to enquiries, turning around work quickly and efficiently.’

‘I have worked with Sally Bird for many years. She is very pleasant, professional, experienced and we have built up a good working relationship. Having consistency is very important to a business and Sally knows our business very well and the issues that we face. She has supported us through some tough times, giving sound advice and direction.’

‘Its uniqueness derives from being in touch with the latest legislation and how that information is communicated in a usable way. Kuits have a very proactive style in which they support a business, always placing the client at the centre of what they do. They have the ability to react quickly to any given situation, providing instant answers, providing a level of legal confidence. Importantly they communicate in a language that is understood and guide consistently.’

‘Our primary contact and partner is Mark McKeating. Mark is always extremely responsive, adaptable and an expert in his field. Mark always offers considered advice with a balance of commercial awareness, risk and cultural impact. Mark and his team are very keen to understand our culture, what our priorities are and what challenges we face as an organisation- rather than just a specific case.’

Key clients

Auto Trader

Crown Oil Limited

STADA UK Holdings Ltd (Thornton & Ross Limited/Natures Aid/ NextGEN360 Limited)

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

Turtle Bay Hospitality Limited


Clarity Travel Limited

Danish Crown N

Lyreco UK Limited

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Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP‘s ability ‘to deal with technical issues relating to trusts and estate management’ makes it a strong choice for UK and non-domicile clients seeking legal counsel. A team with specialists from contentious, non-contentious, and family law backgrounds, the practice is equipped to handle complex validity of wills cases, Inheritance Act claims, and lack of capacity and undue influence issues. Helming high-value disputes for a range of clients, group head Peter Kaye is noted for his expertise handling shareholder and partnership arguments and professional negligence claims, while Graham Wood specialises in issues grounded with tax and trusts complications. Paul Bricknell is an expert in mental capacity cases, whereas Richard Wilson focuses his practice on Inheritance Act and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act claims.

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‘Kuits has been my solicitor and I don’t use anyone else. In my litigation case Peter Kaye was brilliant. Any questions I didn’t understand he explained clearly. All correspondence is very thorough, no need to alter anything.’

‘Peter Kaye is very friendly, very thorough with questions, and showed a great interest in the family’s affairs so he had a good understanding of the matter and what was actually happening.’

‘Kuits have a strong reputation in the North West, well-earned.’

‘Peter Kaye is an impressive and experienced lawyer. Richard Wilson is a pleasure to work for.’

‘The availability to talk is the greatest of relationship builders and is what I believe delivers great outcomes for our clients. this is backed up with a strong multi disciplinary practice that has both breadth and depth to knowledge and can support clients throughout their lifetime needs.’

‘ Incredible support was provided to both us as advisers and our clients to deal with technical issues relating to trusts and estate management.’

‘Graham Wood as partner is exceptionally knowledgeable and professional and able to explain complex matters with ease for all clients. His client care is second to none.’

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

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP‘s intellectual property team is led by Bruce Jones, a chartered patent attorney, who specialises in cross-jurisdictional patent and trademark disputes, as well as covering IT-related disputes including database rights and software licensing. He is supported by Caroline Brennan, who handles the commercial IP aspect of the practice. The firm supports clients in a number of sectors, including retail and fashion, gaming and construction.

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Caroline Brennan; Ian Morris; Rebecca Bainbridge


‘Timely and responsible service.’

‘Well qualified and robust advice on all matters.’

‘Commercial awareness is a key capability at Kuits. They understood our business and our industry completely. This was essential to be able to help us achieve our goal. We found Kuits to be unique in that they offered a very tailored approach compared to other law firms who have offered a one-size fits all approach.’

‘We worked with Bruce Jones, and particular skills that made him stand apart from competitors were: his overall intellectual brilliance on a wide range of business sectors, his efficiency in case matter management and his communication. He understood our business intimately.’

Key clients

Building Product Design

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is well-regarded in the owner-managed and family business sector with expertise in M&A, capital market issues, investments and joint ventures. The firm operates across sectors such as healthcare, leisure and tech. Robert Buckley focuses on inward investment work and co-heads the team with corporate finance expert Kirsti Pinnell. Other co-head Caroline Brennan is a commercial lawyer working in the sport and manufacturing industries.

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Kate Gledhill


‘I have always found the Kuits Corporate team to be very professional, technically strong and resourceful, who have supported us well in a range of contractual situations and given us the confidence to know that we will always be equipped with the best legal advice in any such situation. When necessary, they have always been able to turn work around to tight deadlines (literally next day), whilst maintaining tight administrative control of more drawn out scope of works.’

‘I have worked with a couple of staff at Kuits this year that have stood out with regard to a couple of briefs they have worked on respectively. Kirsti Pinnell – again showing excellent technical knowledge and client communication skills, Kirsti supported us with great skill, commitment and tenacity during negotiations with a much larger entity, enabling us to successfully punch above our weight in these negotiations.’

‘The team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP provide pragmatic commercial advice and we have found them to provide excellent value during all our dealings with them.’

‘Kate Gledhill, Senior Associate in the Corporate team, has been fantastic for the last 12 months. She has provided us with expert advice on various corporate matters for our group and its subsidiaries – cutting through corporate jargon to provide us with actionable and commercial guidance that we have used to grow and maximise profits. She has always done exactly what she said she would do when she would do it and is a reliable partner for us moving forward who we would highly recommend to other directors looking for a trusted partner.’

‘Sound understanding of the technicalities involved in UK corporate transactions. Cost effective and pragmatic.’

‘Kirsti Pinnell has delivered great service over many years, capably backed up by Kate Gledhill.’

‘They have a great variety of solicitors in different fields so pretty much all areas are covered, which makes it a great “one stop shop” for all law advice. However the team is very close knit, so everyone knows each other and very aware of their specialities.’

‘The team has significant experience in M&A activities. We have been impressed with their knowledge of the legal process and the ability to project manage a transaction to completion.’

Key clients

Ironveld plc

Shareholders of JS Burgess Engineering Limited

The Crossroads Group Ltd

UK Waste Solutions Limited

Shareholders of 349 Group Limited and HowdidIdo Media Limited

MGH Corporation Limited

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Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

The dispute resolution department at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for clients on high-value corporate and commercial disputes, with expertise in complex contractual disputes, corporate disputes including unfair prejudice petitions, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence, manufacturing, and contentious probate disputes. Damian Bailey leads the team, bringing a wealth of experience. Since publication, Nichola Evans has joined from Ward Hadaway LLP.

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Peter Kaye; Richard Wilson; Daniel Adcock-Kirsh; Francesca Geddes


‘The quality of the litigation team at Kuits is, in my view, second to none in Manchester. Each member that I have had the opportunity to work with is conscientious, considered and hardworking. There is an ethos within the team that encourages thinking outside the box to gain a tactical advantage whilst always being mindful of the risks of litigation.’

‘Damian Bailey, Peter Kaye and Richard Wilson – These are all very shrewd operators who are highly experienced with excellent instincts. They are each astute and thoughtful litigators who are prepared to go the extra mile for their clients. That said none are afraid to give clients difficult advice nor to highlight problematic attitudes or issues in the case. This means that clients proceed in litigation without any doubt as to the strengths and weaknesses of their case often to a successful conclusion.’

‘Peter Kaye is a very experienced lawyer with sound judgment and great client care. He is the best senior solicitor I have met at encouraging young talented lawyers to excel. A supportive and generous spirit.’

‘Daniel Adcock-Kirsh is conscientious and hard-working and has a great rapport with clients and opposing solicitors.’

‘Francesca Geddes is very responsive and provides swift instructions when requested.’

‘Richard Wilson is an upcoming talent with great people skills.’

‘One of Manchester’s leading mid-sized commercial litigation teams, with solicitors with a range of skills and expertise and a loyal following of clients from across the local business community. They are very good at ensuring client expectations are met and dealing with cases swiftly and at reasonable cost.’

‘Peter Kaye is a very experienced lawyer with sound judgment and great client care. He is the best senior solicitor I have met at encouraging young talented lawyers to excel. A supportive and generous spirit.’

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

The department at Manchester-based commercial law firm Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has an broad range of experience in the finance sector, which incorporates handling investment and development real estate finance work, debt finance issues and acquisition financings. The ‘highly-respected’ George MacMillan leads the team, which also features specialist partners Alison Kellett and Meave O’Neill. Senior associate Samuel Jackson is praised by clients as ‘exceptional’.

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‘There is a strong availability of partners in the team who offer practical advice and expertise. The team is respected as being formed of experts in the business community.’

‘George MacMillan has great thought leadership, always returns calls, is always happy to offer advice, is an expert in his field and is highly respected.’

‘They take a very personal approach, helping with issues and working with you to ensure you overcome any problems.’

‘A very approachable team with great engagement, who always make themselves available.’

‘Samuel Jackson is exceptional in terms of speed of service, provision of advice, availability and quality of service provided.’

‘The team are experienced and always on hand to give guidance and the right advice. Even when we have generic questions there is no hesitation in providing independent views and guidance. They are very helpful and supportive, work is thorough and timely, and they are accessible via calls and emails.’

‘Samuel Jackson and George MacMillan are always available to answer questions, give advice and guidance. They work fluidly across their team and ours. Delivery timescales are always met.’

‘Responsive, super helpful and always sensible and pragmatic.’

Private client > Family Tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts on a strong portfolio of financial remedy work, working closely with its tax and corporate teams to advise clients on effective wealth protection. The firm has seen a strong stream of high-value nuptial matters, as well as cohabitation agreements and mediating over the settlement of trusts, pensions and Family Investment Companies. Colin Davies leads the practice, acting on a broad range of mandates in addition to being a go-to for surrogacy and fertility advice. Ayesha Griffin has expertise in both matrimonial finance and private children matters, with recent cases involving highly contentious Hague Convention proceedings, child arrangement orders and non-molestation measures. Natasha Forrester joined the firm in July 2022 from Poole Alcock LLP.

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‘The team instilled me with confidence. They worked very effectively together and if one was unavailable the others knew the position. They were knowledgeable with a high degree of professionalism, instilling confidence with a total command of the brief.’

‘Absolute stand out was Colin Davies! From the moment he took over my case to the final hearing, I knew we were in safe hands. Colin embodies quiet authority, calmness and kindness by the bucket full. He has a level of emotional intelligence which is rare and for which I was immensely grateful. His judgement and advice was based on experience and sound which gave me some confidence in a stressful situation.’

‘Beyond doubt one of the top firms in this area of England. The team is always attentive, thorough and the quality of instructions top class.’

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Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Experienced practitioner Nick Nyunt, noted as standout amongst advisers in his field’, leads the team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP which has strong capabilities advising clients across the range of industry sectors on a multitude of regional and national work. ‘Fantastic commercial adviser’ Steve Eccleston advises clients on the structuring of significant transactions. High-value sales, acquisitions and leases are key features of the team’s workload, which Tim Arkwright has expertise in across the board, as well as development, which Adam Hymes specialises in.

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‘Kuit’s commercial property team is very responsive to our needs. They have taken the time to understand our commercial drivers and ensure that these are front and centre in the way they handle our work. They are very strong, results-orientated technical lawyers and continue to be our go-to in this competitive sector.’

‘Nick Nyunt has a great attention-to-detail and a commercial overlay that makes him stand out amongst advisers in his field. ‘

‘Steve Eccleston is a fantastic commercial adviser in all matters commercial property. There is scarcely a complication or issue we have come across that Steve has not been able to help us navigate through.’

‘Chris Hardy is a smart and savvy property lawyer with wide industry expertise.’

‘Sally Knight has handled a number of acquisitions for us and complements very strong technical expertise with a highly proactive workstyle, which drives transactions forward in line with our own commercial drivers and objectives.’

‘They are very personable and will go an extra mile to assist with transactions whilst treating you as an individual case.’

‘All members of staff, particularly Nick Nyunt, offer an excellent service.’

Key clients

PIN Property

Property Alliance Group (PAG)

The Prime Group

Jackson’s Row Developments Ltd (JRDL)

Persimmon Homes



Danish Crown

Wey Securities Limited and Wey Securities 2 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Danish Crown on the lease for their new factory.
  • Advised Salboy Build Partners on several residential site acquisitions.
  • Advised Property Alliance Group on the agreement for the acquisition of Ontario Basin site.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP fields a team with both civil and criminal tax expertise, including a key aptitude in advising clients on the disclosure of funds held in offshore jurisdictions. Team lead Robert Levy is known internationally for his strength representing individuals facing tax investigations, including those involving serious fraud. Paul Bricknell is a key contact for tax disclosure work, while consultant Wendi Bussin covers regulatory and business crime.

Practice head(s):

Robert Levy

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‘Excellent law firm – very well run. I have referred numerous clients and all have been pleased with the standard of service.’

‘Robert Levy is the executive partner – his team think very highly of him, and he has a well-deserved reputation for integrity, wisdom and commercial sense. Wendi Bussin is an excellent tax investigations solicitor.’

‘Robert Levy is particularly well known. He is highly intelligent, affable, strategic, very client friendly and has seen it all before. Overall, a very good choice.’

‘The team work well together drawing from each other’s skills, knowledge and vast experience to bring together a complete well-organised package for tax investigations for personal taxes, corporation tax, and inheritance tax.’

‘Wide ranging knowledge and experience in the field of tax litigation and tax investigation.’

‘Wendi Bussin is a true stand out individual – professional, great legal knowledge, fantastic contacts with financial experts i.e. accountants, great with clients and very persuasive in negotiations.’

‘Partners are all good with clients, commercial and very competent.’

‘Excellent knowledge across the team and understanding of the case, as well as being easy to deal with.’

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Real estate > Construction Tier 5

Manchester-based Matthew Grellier, described as ‘exceptional’, has led Kuit Steinart Levy LLP‘s practice since his November 2022 appointment to the team from Slater Heelis. The team runs as part of the firm’s larger commercial property team and its work predominantly involves providing advice on a range of non-contentious matters relating to development and infrastructure projects. Specialist counsel Steven Finney departed to construction company RSK Group Limited in September 2022.

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Matthew Grellier


‘Good breadth of experience across a range of construction sectors and of acting for those procuring as well as carrying out works.’

‘Matthew Grellier has wide sector and party experience in both contentious and non-contentious constructions matters. He knows his way around building and engineering contract forms and provides careful and focused advice.’

‘Kuits’ construction team provides key support to the firm’s very strong commercial property offering. The team at Kuits demystifies the highly technical construction field with its specialist input, keeping tightly-aligned with our overall commercial objectives.’

‘Matthew Grellier has been a very strong acquisition to the team. His breadth of knowledge and experience in this highly technical area is exceptional.’

Key clients

PIN Property

Property Alliance Group Limited

Danish Crown UK Limited

Surefire Management Services Limited

CubicWorks Ltd

David Samuel Properties

The Prime Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Danish Crown in relation to the construction of a 30,500 sqm. meat processing facility in Rochdale.
  • Advising Property Alliance Group on construction documentation relating to the development known as Renaissance in Manchester.
  • Advising Surefire Management Services Limited on construction contracts for numerous projects across the UK

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

David Moroney now leads Kuit Steinart Levy LLP‘s team, which was formerly led by Bruce Jones, who continues to lead the intellectual property team within the firm, and Rebecca Jones , who departed to Burness Paull LLP in January 2023. The team is based in Manchester and focuses on the array of landlord and tenant-related disputes, including dilapidation, service charge and ground rent issues. Niall Helferty is a name to note.

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‘The property litigation team at Kuits provides strong support to the firm’s highly regarded commercial property team. When problems arise they provide a very strong response which enables us to minimise the disruption that property litigation matters inevitably cause and to obtain good and speedy outcomes.’

‘Close personal attention is given by lawyers, and there is clearly good teamwork within Kuits’ office.’

‘There is a willingness amongst the team to take on board clients’ specialised knowledge. They also speedily get a grip on new aspects.’

Key clients

Jackson’s Row Development Limited (JRDL)

David Samuel Properties

London & Scottish Property Investments Limited

Hollowood Chemists Limited

Roger Dyke

Wey Securities Limited

Philip J Davies Holdings 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Steve Eccleston steveeccleston@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Executive partner Robert Levy robertlevy@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Corporate and commercial Rob Buckley robbuckley@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Commercial property Nick Nyunt nicknyunt@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Employment Kevin McKenna kevinmckenna@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Tax Paul Bricknell paulbricknell@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Banking George MacMillan georgemacmillan@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Licensing Felicity Tulloch felicitytulloch@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Intellectual property and Litigation Bruce Jones brucejones@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
Residential property Anthony Hardy anthonyhardy@kuits.com 0161 832 3434
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Tasoula Addison photo Tasoula Addison Senior Associate Tasoula has over 10 years of experience in dealing with…
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Damian Bailey photo Damian Bailey Damian is a partner who is widely recognised by his colleagues and…
Sally Bird photo Sally Bird Sally joined the firm in 1997 and has been a partner in…
Caroline Brennan photo Caroline Brennan Caroline is a specialist commercial and non-contentious intellectual property lawyer and partner…
Paul Bricknell photo Paul Bricknell Paul is a partner and Head of our Tax and Estate Planning…
Rob Buckley photo Rob Buckley Partner and head of department, Rob specialises in all aspects of corporate…
Wendi Bussin photo Wendi Bussin Wendi is the firm’s specialist regulatory and business crime consultant, with over…
David Chambers photo David Chambers David is a senior associate in our tax and estate planning team.…
Lauren Clyne photo Lauren Clyne Lauren is a partner and specialises in tax and estate planning for…
Colin Davies photo Colin Davies Colin is a Senior Lawyer in our family team. Areas of Expertise…
Martin Davies photo Martin Davies Martin joined Kuits in 1990 and heads the department’s property management team.…
Steve Eccleston photo Steve Eccleston Managing partner Kuits, Steve began his career in the firm’s commercial property…
Nichola Evans photo Nichola Evans Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution
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Matt Grellier photo Matt Grellier Matt is a Partner and Head of Construction and Engineering at Kuits.…
Ayesha  Griffin photo Ayesha Griffin Ayesha advises on a wide range of family law issues resulting for…
Anthony  Hardy photo Anthony Hardy Partner and head of the residential property team, Tony joined Kuits in…
Christopher Hardy photo Christopher Hardy Chris specialises in all aspects of commercial property, including acquisitions, sales, and…
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Claire Heron photo Claire Heron Claire has experience of both residential and commercial property work including freehold…
Claire Hollins photo Claire Hollins Claire joined Kuits in May 2021 as a Senior Associate in our…
Adam Hymes photo Adam Hymes Adam is one of Manchester’s pre-eminent development solicitors. He specialises in residential…
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Samuel Jackson photo Mr Samuel Jackson Sam acts for mainstream, bridging and private lenders providing finance to be…
Bruce Jones photo Bruce Jones Bruce Jones is a partner at Kuits and is one of a…
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Peter Kaye photo Peter Kaye Peter is a senior lawyer in our commercial disputes team. Areas of…
Alison Kellett photo Alison Kellett Alison is a Partner in the Banking and Real Estate Finance Team…
Andrew Knight photo Andrew Knight Andrew specialises in commercial landlord and tenant, development, and investment sales. Andrew…
Sally Knight photo Sally Knight Partner
Robert Levy photo Robert Levy Executive partner of Kuits, Robert is legal adviser on company and business…
Stephen Lopeman photo Stephen Lopeman Stephen specialises in property acquisitions, disposals and general development work. He has…
Rebecca Lowe photo Rebecca Lowe Rebecca advises on all aspects of alcohol and entertainment licensing for premises…
George MacMillan photo George MacMillan George has been in practice for over 25 years and for the…
Helen Mather photo Helen Mather Helen is a partner in the firm’s corporate team. Areas of Expertise…
Duncan McGregor photo Duncan McGregor Duncan is a Partner in the Residential Property Team. He specialises in all…
Mark McKeating photo Mark McKeating Mark is a partner in the employment team. Areas of Expertise Mark…
Kevin McKenna photo Kevin McKenna Partner and Head of Employment, Kevin joined Kuits in 2013 from Weightmans.…
David Moroney photo David Moroney David is a Partner in the Commercial Property Team. Whilst acting on a…
Claire Morris photo Claire Morris Claire provides advice and assistance to a local and national clients on…
Emma Nimmo photo Emma Nimmo Emma specialises in the acquisition and disposal of investment properties and has…
Nick Nyunt photo Nick Nyunt Partner and head of commercial property, Nick specialises in property development (including…
Meave O'Neill photo Meave O'Neill Meave is a partner in the firm’s banking and real estate finance…
Kirsti Pinnell photo Kirsti Pinnell Corporate partner specialising in corporate finance and M&A, investments and joint ventures,…
Elaine Roche photo Elaine Roche Elaine has a wealth of experience in working alongside families to structure…
Claire Treacy photo Claire Treacy Associate Claire advises on all aspects of employment law. Claire has experience…
Felicity Tulloch photo Felicity Tulloch Felicity is a partner in the Kuits licensing team and specialises in…
Richard Wilson photo Richard Wilson Since joining Kuits in 2019, Richard has continued to develop his practice…
Jan Winstanley photo Jan Winstanley Jan specialises in a wide range of corporate matters including company and…
Graham Wood photo Graham Wood Partner in the Tax and Estate Planning Team, Graham specialises in tax…
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.