Managing Partner: Steve Eccleston
Executive Partner: Robert Levy
Number of partners: 32
Number of other fee-earners: 76
Corporate/Commercial: Rob Buckley, Robert Levy, Kirsti Pinnell, Jan Winstanley, James Wall
Litigation: Andrew Weinberg, Damian Bailey
Employment: Kevin McKenna, Sally Bird, Mark McKeating
Property: Nick Nyunt, Adam Hymes, David Moroney, Chris Hardy
Tax & Trusts: Graham Wood, Paul Bricknell, Lauren Clyne
Banking: George MacMillan, Alison Kellett, Meave O’Neill
IP/IT: Ian Morris, Bruce Jones, Claire Meyers
Licensing: Anthony Lyons, Felicity Tulloch
Residential: Anthony Hardy, Duncan McGregor
Family: Michael Gregory, Colin Davies
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.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
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/IP: Advises on licensing, brand acquisitions and disposals, commercial contracts and data protection/GDPR.
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.
This leading Manchester commercial law firm advises and services businesses, their owners and high net-worth individuals in the region and nationwide, including SMEs, financial institutions, real estate investors 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 advising family businesses.
The firm has developed strong international connections through its membership of the TAGLaw international law firm alliance and is a preferred advisor for a number of UK and overseas private banks.