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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

The β€˜prompt and knowledgeable’ team at Gorvins Solicitors acts for a number of national, regional and local clients, including public and private companies, owner-managed businesses, SMEs, entrepreneurs, banks and corporate funders. It is noted for its expertise in the media, publishing, retail, distribution, healthcare and finance sectors. Key highlights included advising FMPP Group on its Β£8m merger with Silbury Marketing, acting for Avonside Group Services on several acquisitions, and advising PDHL on the disposal of its debt management and IVA businesses. It also led John Mooney on the sale of Jontek to Legrand. John Munroe Group, Mondiale Publishing and Bridgebank Capital are also clients. Andrew Curwen heads the team, which includes the β€˜first-rate’Christian Mancier, who acts for owner-managed and family-owned businesses and leads the firm’s family business team. Consultant Paul Lupton advises on corporate and commercial matters for small-to-medium-sized businesses and their owners.

Leading individuals

Andrew Curwen - Gorvins Solicitors

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

Gorvins Solicitors β€˜provides a first-class service’ and is β€˜a real alternative to many of the bigger, regional, city-centre firms’. The team’s expertise covers company commercial and partnership disputes for companies, shareholders and partners; finance-related disputes; and insolvency, professional negligence, and property cases. Avonside Group, Bibby Leasing, Thorne Credit Union, ECF Asset Finance, Crystal Finance (Europe) and Oldham Credit Union are clients. Department head Mark Deverell is a β€˜very approachable and pragmatic individual, who is able to burrow down to the key issues in the most complex of cases’. Also recommended are property litigation expert Guy Lightowler, who β€˜leaves no stone unturned, and always strives to achieve the best result for clients’; Michael Morris, who is experienced in finance-related instructions; David Guest; and senior associate Danielle Clements, who handles contentious will and estate disputes, as well as property litigation. Jonathon Crook joined in early 2017 from Irwin Mitchell.

Leading individuals

Mark Deverell - Gorvins Solicitors

Next generation lawyers

Danielle Clements - Gorvins Solicitors

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

The β€˜impressive’ team at Gorvins Solicitors handles debt and asset recovery for finance houses, claims on behalf of liquidators and administrators, and the collection of rent arrears and service charges. The team acts for finance houses, leasing companies, businesses and professionals, including Thorne Credit Union, Bibby Leasing, Bibby Asset Finance, E-Foods, Photo & General Finance and Oldham Credit Union. Dispute resolution head Mark Deverell leads the team, which includes Michael Morris, and senior associate Danielle Clements. Mark Fairclough joined Berg.

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

The β€˜excellent’ team at Gorvins Solicitors handles a range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency issues, acting for insolvency practitioners, businesses and individuals, as well as banks, receivers and directors. Begbies Traynor Group, FRP Advisory and RSM Restructuring Advisory are clients of the team, which is headed by Mark Deverell, who advises businesses, principal shareholders and directors, and also acts on behalf of a number of insolvency practitioners. Also recommended are David Guest, who specialises in both corporate and personal insolvency, and consultant Paul Lupton.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

Gorvins Solicitors has a β€˜strong team that cares a lot about its clients and always goes the extra mile to offer pragmatic and sound legal advice’. Key figures include experienced advocate David Walton and β€˜very knowledgeable’ senior associate Danielle Ayres. The team regularly acts for employers in Employment Tribunal claims, as well as representing employees pursuing claims against their employers, with particular strength in maternity discrimination. Highlights included advising a large employer on the winding down of its operations.

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Employment: employee/union firms
Employment: employee/union firms - ranked: tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors (Manchester)

Gorvins Solicitors is singled out for its β€˜pioneering work in disability discrimination, maternity/sex discrimination and whistleblowing’. David Walton leads the team and β€˜goes above and beyond to provide a high-quality service, as well as measured advice, often in very stressful circumstances’. He is supported by β€˜up-and-coming’ associate Danielle Ayres who is praised for her β€˜warm, caring and supportive matter, which helps during a difficult litigation process; she always seems totally up to speed on each claim’. Highlights included acting on behalf of a large number of employees in a company restructuring, which resulted in a bulk settlement agreement.

Next generation lawyers

Danielle Ayres - Gorvins Solicitors

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North West: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

Gorvins Solicitors handles a large volume of road traffic accidents as well as employers’ and public liability cases. It also deals with a significant number of complex cases involving multiple injuries. Head of department Stuart Biddle is experienced in cases involving chronic pain disorders and brain injuries. Associate Paul Regan has particular expertise in litigated public liability claims.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

Mark Deverell heads the practice at Gorvins Solicitors, which handles a range of complex professional negligence and liability matters for clients against professionals including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers and architects.

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North West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

Mark Deverell and Christine Thornley are the key contacts at Gorvins Solicitors. The strong private client practice, which regularly works with its litigation, corporate and commercial teams, advises on issues surrounding fraudulent will cases, invalid wills where there are issues of mental capacity at the time of writing the will, problems with executors and trustees, as well as on issues affecting the property and assets of the estate where these assets had been given away before death. Senior associate Michael Smoult is another key figure.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

At Gorvins Solicitors, new recruit Nicola McInnes β€˜leaves no stone unturned and is a very dedicated practitioner with considerable wit and charm’. Clients also single out her β€˜meticulous attention to detail’. Senior associate Nicola Fraser is also recommended. The team regularly represents business owners, directors, doctors and other professionals in addition to having considerable strength in police divorce. The group is adept at advising on a myriad of issues from divorce and separation to financial remedy orders, private children disputes, co-habitation and pre-nuptial agreements. Sally Leaman has left the firm.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

The β€˜excellent’ Christine Thornley at Gorvins Solicitors leads a β€˜responsive and incisive’ team that β€˜quickly absorbs the facts, presents solutions and then provides advice that is tailored to each client’s circumstances’. The β€˜knowledgeable, personable and friendly’ Valerie Brown β€˜deals with queries very promptly’ and β€˜excellent’ associate Tasoula Addison is β€˜empathetic and reliable’. It expertise encompasses providing advice on wills, trusts, lasting powers of attorney, in addition to estate planning and administration, to a range of clients from the local community. It has been busy advising on trust planning issues for families with disabled children as well as protecting clients with dementia.

Next generation lawyers

Tasoula Addison - Gorvins Solicitors

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

Gorvins Solicitors provides an β€˜excellent’ and β€˜responsive’ service that covers leases, landlord and tenant matters and leasehold estate management work, as well as acquisitions and disposals, funding, and development agreements for both commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. Secured lending work and real estate restructuring matters are also mainstays of the practice, which advised The Society of Oddfellows on the Β£9m forward funding for the development of B&M and Aldi stores; acted for H20 Urban (No 2) on securing an option over a significant strategic land site; assisted Orbit Investments (Properties) with the Β£4.6m disposal of a partially completed shell unit; and advised Bridgebank Capital Investment Management on five loans. Seddon Developments, Hamilton Heath Estates, Brass Bank and Urban Splash are also clients. Managing partner Martin Hoare heads the team and β€˜shows great commercial acumen’; he advises on commercial and residential development and investment work and is recommended alongside Claire Beaumont and Samantha Marcus, who handle investment deals and regularly work with lending institutions. Consultant Colin Mellor joined in 2016 from LHS Solicitors LLP.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

Gorvins Solicitors handles a range of contentious property matters, including landlord and tenant disputes in the commercial and residential sectors, for property owners and landlords, as well as commercial tenants. It is acting for Hamilton Heath in a number of commercial lease disputes relating to sites across the North West. Vernon Building Society, Ritrama UK, Avonside Roofing and Rowlinson group are also clients. Guy Lightowler heads the team, which includes senior associate Danielle Clements.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Gorvins Solicitors (Stockport)

Gorvins Solicitors advises on all aspects of intellectual property including copyright, design rights, trade marks and patents, covering every stage of protecting those intellectual property rights, all the way through to enforcing or disputing those rights once established. Andrew Curwen heads the department, which acts for clients such as Dishman Europe, GPC Computer Software and Ritrama (UK).

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