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Kuits preserves leading status in Legal 500

29 Sep 2016

Manchester commercial law firm Kuits has retained its prominent rankings in The Legal 500 UK, a research publication that analyses and ranks the capabilities of law firms across the country and recognises those providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to clients and corporate counsel.

Kuits’ head of corporate and commercial, Rob Buckley, who is cited as being ‘a commercially savvy and practical team player’ retained his status as an Elite Lawyer, while the department is lauded for its ‘superior technical ability and unwavering commitment.’

Kuits was once again the only firm in the North West to receive the highest ranking possible for its licensing department. Tony Lyons, head of licensing at Kuits, was praised for being ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’, as he maintained Elite Lawyer status – the highest level of recognition awarded to individuals by The Legal 500.

Joining the licensing team as a top-tier department is Kuits’ personal tax, trusts and probate team, whose ‘specialist expertise in probate and trust work can rival the work of the top London firms’. Head of tax and probate, Graham Wood, also receives the accolade of Elite Lawyer status and is commended for being ‘exceptionally personable and well regarded’.

Alongside its ‘dedicated’ licensing practice and ‘adept’ personal tax, trusts and probate team, Kuits now ranks in 12 other practice areas in The Legal 500. Corporate and commercial, commercial property, commercial litigation, banking and finance, employment, employment: employee/union firms, charities and not-for-profit, contentious trusts and probate, family, property litigation, IT and telecoms, and intellectual property make up the other standings. Selected for spots on the Recommended Lawyers list are 20 fee earners across departments.

Steve Eccleston, managing partner at Kuits, commented: “We’re proud to have maintained high-level recognition from The Legal 500, which ranks us among the best firms in the North West. In addition, to be listed alongside, and in most cases higher than, much larger firms than us is testament to the quality of our people, the effort they make, and their work and client service.

“It’s also reflective of the success of our wider strategy to develop our people, allowing us to be to be the firm a client wants, and needs, for their more complex legal and commercial problems.

“Being acknowledged for this work and to receive such great feedback – not just from the legal market but also from our clients – is fantastic, and we’re delighted to be rewarded with the high rankings that we have.”

The Legal 500 annual ranking is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading practice lawyers, as well as a team of researchers with experience in the legal market.

The Legal 500 2016

North West Top-Tier Firm

• Crime, fraud and licensing: Licensing
• Private Client: Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate

North West Ranked Firm

• Corporate and Commercial – Manchester
• Dispute Resolution: Commerical Litigation – Manchester
• Finance: Banking and Finance
• Human Resources: Employment
• Human Resources: Employment: Employee/Union Firms
• Private Client: Charities and Not-For-Profit
• Private Client: Contentious Trusts and Probate
• Private Client: Family
• Real Estate: Commercial Property
• Real Estate: Property Litigation
• Technology, Media and Telecoms: IT and Telecoms
• Technology, Media and Telecoms: Intellectual Property

Elite Lawyers

• Corporate and Commercial – Rob Buckley
• Licensing – Anthony Lyons
• Private Client – Graham Wood

Recommended Lawyers

• Corporate and Commercial – Manchester – Kirsti Pinnell, Robert Levy, Martin Lewis, Peter Allen
• Crime, fraud and licensing: Licensing – Felicity Tulloch
• Dispute Resolution: Commerical Litigation – Andrew Weinberg, Damian Bailey, David Jones
• Finance: Banking and Finance – George Macmillan, David Marlor, Steve Eccleston, Alison Kellett
• Human Resources: Employment – Kevin McKenna
• Human Resources: Employment: Employee/Union Firms – Kevin McKenna
• Private Client: Contentious Trusts and Probate – Andrew Weinberg, Cyril Rose
• Real Estate: Commercial Property – Nick Nyunt, Steve Eccleston, David Haffner, Stephen Lopeman, Martin Davies
• Real Estate: Property Litigation – Andrew Weinberg
• Technology, Media and Telecoms: IT and Telecoms – Martin Lewis
• Technology, Media and Telecoms: Intellectual Property – Ian Morris, Damian Bailey

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