People: Triple partner promotion at Kuits; Napthens boosts litigation team; and more

Kuits promotions

Manchester commercial law firm Kuits has announced a trio of partner promotions.

Jan Winstanley of the corporate team, which has grown its turnover by 52% in the last three years, was promoted alongside Paul Bricknell and Lauren Clyne of the firm’s private client team.

Winstanley specialises in complex corporate reorganisations, acting for both lenders and borrowers. Her work this year has included advising Allied Irish Bank in relation to its funding of the management buyout of City Air Express.

Bricknall has been recognised for his work with family businesses, particularly in the area of succession planning and wealth protection, while Clyne has played an integral role in guiding clients through the regulatory changes to hit the tax and probate arena this year.

Steve Eccleston, managing partner of Kuits, said: “We are delighted to recognise those that strive to provide the best legal and commercial advice to our client base of SMEs and entrepreneurs, and in doing so help them to protect and grow their own businesses.

“Jan, Paul and Lauren all work to develop strong, trusted relationships with their clients and consistently go the extra mile to achieve fantastic results. I know that their colleagues and clients alike will join me in congratulating them on their well-deserved promotions.”

Other highlights for Kuits this year include being crowned winner of the Best Professional Services Firm award at’s Business Masters 2017.

Victoria Taylor and Kirsty Halstead

The litigation and dispute resolution service at Napthens has welcomed two recruits.

Solicitor Victoria Taylor has joined the firm to advise on a range of disputes, representing both commercial and individual clients.

Meanwhile, Kirsty Halsted, a legal secretary with Napthens since 2013, has been promoted into the department as a paralegal.

Both are based at Napthens’ East Lancashire office in Blackburn.

David Bailey, partner in the litigation team, said: “We continue to see an increase in demand for our dispute resolution services, and these appointments help to ensure that clients continue to have access to the best possible service in the area.

“Victoria and Kirsty bring a variety of skills to the team and their appointments are not only a commitment to the firm’s litigation service but also to the business community in East Lancashire.”


Sebastian Tibenham

Pegasus Group has promoted Manchester regional director Sebastian Tibenham to executive director.

Tibenham, who joined Pegasus in 2010 and founded the Manchester office, has more than 15 year’s experience advising a variety of clients across the entire planning spectrum in a number of sectors. He currently acts as an expert witness for strategic greenfield housing schemes, major retail proposals, and proposals within the green belt.

Pegasus Group was established in 2003 and has grown to become a leading independent national planning, design and environmental consultancy.