Legal shorts: Pannone grows in London; Kuits’ property deal

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MANCHESTER law firm Pannone has appointed Catherine McLoughlin as a corporate partner in its London office.

A specialist in life sciences businesses, she joins from Wilmer Hale where she acted for UK, US and other international clients on the acquisition and disposal of companies in the sector.

Her previous positions include Head of the Corporate Finance legal team at Japanese investment bank, Nomura International, and Assistant Solicitor at international law firm, Ashurst.  Catherine trained at Slaughter & May.

Elsewhere, Pannone is expanding its serious injury offering in the capital. Clinical negligence partner Julianne Moore is relocating to the capital early next year and Pannone is looking to recruit senior personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers to boosts the serious injury division’s presence in London.

Pannone opened its London office in June 2010 as a base for the firm’s regulatory and corporate crime team, headed by Anthony Barnfather.

Barnfather represented former detective chief inspector Graham Mouncher, one of a number of former police officers who were last week acquitted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in the Lynette White murder case – the UK’s biggest ever police corruption investigation.

Managing partner Emma Holt said: “I am delighted to welcome Catherine – she will be the eighth Partner to join Pannone over the last 12 months and is an excellent addition to the corporate team.”


MANCHESTER law firm Kuits Solicitors advised Denby Assets, part of Salford firm David Samuel Properties Group, on the £12m purchase of a new production and manufacturing facility in Denby, Derbyshire.

The building was bought from The DEB Group, a producer of skin care products for workplace and public environments. 

Advised by Nick Nyunt and Chris Hardy from Kuits the deal was structured and managed by David Samuel Properties who will manage the ongoing lease of the facility to DEB.

Kuits’ commercial property partner Nyunt, said, “Many property companies have found the marketplace challenging but David Samuel Properties continues to identify deals for quality assets. 

“We were delighted to advise on this latest acquisition to add to their already impressive investment portfolio.”