People on the Move: Kuits; Myerson; Gallagher

Elaine Roche

Manchester law firm Kuits has strengthened its private client offering with the hire of partner Elaine Roche into its tax and estate planning team.

Experienced in working alongside families to structure their business and personal affairs, Elaine has more than 15 years’ experience of advising on wills and tax structuring, joining the firm from JMW.

Elaine also has significant expertise in relation to trust and estate administration, charity creation and registration and lasting powers of attorney.

Additionally, she is a board director of Solicitors for the Elderly, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Private Client Section of the Law Society.

Roche said: “Kuits has a renowned private client team with an unrivalled reputation. It’s a pleasure to have joined and add myself to their strong roster of trusted advisors.

“Joining during the COVID-19 pandemic has been seamless thanks to the sincere welcome and empathetic guidance I have received from all quarters of the firm, in addition to the robust infrastructure they already had in place for agile and flexible working.

“I’m now looking forward to using the breadth of my experience to help our clients plan for their future during this unprecedented period.”

Robert Levy, executive partner for Kuits, said: “Our aim is to attract the best talent in the sector and the appointment of Elaine into our award-winning private client team will undoubtedly reinforce our existing expertise in this area.

“As a result of the current pandemic, the demand for complex tax and estate planning advice is increasing, as families look to protect their future. We are, therefore, extremely pleased to welcome Elaine at this time.”

The Kuits private client team, which provides a holistic service for individuals spanning tax planning, probate, family matters and residential conveyancing, is top-ranked in the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide for Manchester.


Altrincham-based Myerson Solicitors has appointed commercial litigation specialist Sven Clarke to join its commercial litigation team.

Sven joins the firm as legal director from Layton’s in Manchester, where he was a partner within the commercial litigation department.

He brings with him 15 years of experience with the ability to handle complex legal matters within areas including commercial litigation, professional negligence, debt recovery and insolvency work.

Sven Clarke

His arrival comes at a time of rapid growth for Myerson, bringing the experienced commercial litigation team to 11 lawyers, including three partners.

Sven said: “I am hugely excited to have joined the team at Myerson. The firm’s credentials and employee values strongly appealed to me, and the support I have received from the firm and my colleagues, at such a difficult time for everybody, has been great since the start.

“I am pleased to bring my knowledge and experience to the team and I am looking forward to helping the department develop and strengthen even further in the future.”

Partner and head of commercial litigation, Adam Maher, said: “The commercial litigation team at Myerson is well-respected within the North West and nationally-recognised by firms such as the Legal 500 as ‘Top Tier’, so we are thrilled that Sven’s arrival will only strengthen our offering to our clients.

“At a time that has been challenging for other firms, we are privileged that we have had the ability to expand our Myerson family and strengthen our legal services in a difficult economy.”


Gallagher has welcomed two new members to its Liverpool-based team as the insurance broker continues to strengthen the support of its growing client base in the region.

Gallagher’s Liverpool office, based on Sefton Street, is now home to close to 60 risk management and insurance specialists.

The team looks after a diverse portfolio of clients, ranging from some of the North West’s largest corporations through to small- and mid-sized local businesses, with specialisms including marine, medical malpractice and renewable energy insurance.

Garry Roberts joins the team as corporate broker, bringing more than 30 years’ insurance experience. In his new role Garry will be supporting and advising corporate clients on their risk and insurance requirements, including some of the North West’s most prominent businesses.

Garry Roberts

Corinne Daniels joins Gallagher to drive growth and expansion in the financial lines arena.

With more than 13 years’ industry experience Corinne will be responsible for new business development alongside managing existing key relationships in the areas of professional indemnity, management liability and trustee liability.

Gallagher has a significant and well-established presence in the North West, with offices in Liverpool, Manchester, Sale, Chester and Lytham St Annes, employing more than 150 risk, insurance, claims and employee benefit specialists.

Through its 70-strong UK branch network Gallagher supports organisations of all sizes, from large global companies to SMEs, with their insurance and risk management needs.

Corinne Daniels

Stephen Penketh, regional managing director of the North West, Gallagher Retail Division, said: “Liverpool offers a thriving and diverse business community, with a strong manufacturing sector, as well as other industries including professional services, health and life sciences, and tourism.

“With good progress being made to deliver sustainable economic growth in the Liverpool City Region by the Liverpool Economic Partnership (LEP), we’re seeing a growing number of prominent businesses investing in the region.

“It’s now more important than ever that we are equipped with a first class team of industry specialists to support our expanding client base in Liverpool and the wider region to identify and manage the specific risks they are faced with.”