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Gorvins Solicitors

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors is adept at handling commercial and partnership litigation , while other areas of expertise include insolvency, shareholder disputes and property litigation. Mark Deverell and Guy Lightowler head the team, which acts for clients ranging from owner-managed businesses and SMEs to multinationals. Senior associate Danielle Clements is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell; Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Clements; Jonathan Crook; Sunita Patel; Kimberley Daley; David Guest

Key clients

Williams Motor Company (Holdings) Limited

Grasslin GMBH

The Property Alliance Group (PAG) and subsidiaries

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors' expertise includes landlord, tenant and estate management work, property acquisitions and disposals, and funding and development agreements for commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. The property team also provides support to business asset and corporate acquisitions and disposals, handles secure lending work, and is engaged on real estate restructuring work in addition to distressed property disposals. It is instructed by a range of clients including local authorities, property developers, investors, banks and corporate funders, and it also acts for corporate and individual landlords and tenants. Managing partner Martin Hoare leads the team and Claire Beaumont acts for lender clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hoare

Other key lawyers:

Claire Beaumont; Colin Mellor

Key clients

Urban Splash Group

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Marcus Worthington Properties

Peel Media Limited

European Metal Recycling

New City Vision

Inner City Music Limited T/A Band on the Wall

Lundy Projects

FO Developments

Wood Restaurants

Redsun Projects

Oldham Borough Council

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors is adept at handling matters including mergers, acquisitions, disposals, management buyouts and buy-ins, private equity and corporate transactions. It also advises on commercial contracts and outsourcing arrangements. Its clients include owner-managed businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, banks, corporate funders and service providers from the local region as well as nationwide. Key client sectors include media and publishing, housing and construction, finance, retail, healthcare and market research, where the firm has seen an increasing number of instructions. Andrew Curwen heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mancier; Paul Lupton; Gemma Lingard; Rowan Uren

Key clients

Williams Motor Co

Avonside Group services Limited

B2B International Limited

Mondiale Publishing Limited

CGA Strategy Limited

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

ProSeal UK Limited

Pennine Air Holdings Limited

LJM Insurance LLP

Pulse Fitness

Richer Sounds plc

Rowlinson Group Limited

Computeam Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

E-Foods Limited

John Munroe Group

Tandom Metallurgical Group

Employment: employee/union firms Tier 1

The practice at Gorvins Solicitors, which is led by David Walton, has recently seen an uptick in work relating to collective redundancies and bulk compromise agreements, as well as settlement agreements for both senior executives and lower-level employees. The team also regularly assists employees with their Employment Tribunal claims with Walton often conducting his own advocacy. Advice for employees and their families affected by cancer is a particular niche area of expertise for the firm, while another specialist area is advice on maternity and pregnancy discrimination, which a speciality of senior associate Danielle Ayres.

Practice head(s):

David Walton

Other key lawyers:


‘The experience and skill-set of the whole team brings a level of confidence to proceedings. This is compounded by a vein of integrity that runs through to whole practice.’

‘David Walton’s ability to put into words what I struggled to was awesome. It was as if he could read my mind and find the words that clarified everything that needed to be said. David’s experience and knowledge meant that the advice he gave to me was just right for me. He gave me confidence to stand up for what I believed was right and I am grateful to have had him on my side.’

‘As well as being part of a winning team, Danielle Ayres helped me cope with my circumstances on a personal level too. She also gave me confidence and explained everything perfectly whenever I needed it.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The team at Gorvins Solicitors combines wills, trusts and probate experts with lawyers from a pure disputes background, advising on cases involving fradulent wills, Inheritance Act claims and questions over mental capacity. Christine Thornley jointly heads up the contentious trusts and probate team with senior partner Mark Deverell. The team was boosted during 2018 by the arrival of senior associate Julie Burgess from Weightmans LLP.

Practice head(s):

Christine Thornley; Mark Deverell

Debt recovery Tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors advises on the collection of debts on behalf of liquidators and administrators and the recovery of monies due under guarantees. Other areas of expertise include defended work and enforcement, fast track and multi-track claims and debt collection out of jurisdiction. Other clients include finance houses, businesses and professional clients. Mark Deverell heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Clements; Sunita Patel; David Guest; Kimberley Daley

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors regularly acts for family business owners and high-net-worth individuals on complex and high-value matters relating to wills, disabled beneficiaries and Court of Protection issues. The team is led by Christine Thornley, who has particular expertise in succession planning, and includes newly promoted partner Michael Smoult and senior associate Tasoula Addison.

Practice head(s):

Christine Thornley

Other key lawyers:

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Gorvins Solicitors is praised for its 'outstanding knowledge of personal injury sector and great professionalism'. 'Plain speaking' personal injury head Stuart Biddle has particular specialisms in dealing with complex injuries where the injury has a debilitating and life-changing effect, while he also has expertise in cases involving chronic pain and significant pain disorders. Gary Boyd joined from Hilary Meredith Solicitors as head of military claims in May 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience representing armed forces personnel.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Biddle; Gary Boyd

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Chambers; Ryan Gledhill


Gorvins are an approachable and straight forward firm. They are easily contactable and deal with queries quickly and efficiently. It is clear they strive to achieve the best results possible for their clients.’

Ryan Gledhill is an exceptional solicitor. Extremely thorough and takes a sensible and informed view. Ryan has an excellent manner with clients. He explains legal facts in a straightforward and easily digestible manner. He has a robust stance with opposing sides and works hard to get the best result possible for his clients.’

Everyone I have worked with is an excellent team player.

They are very organised and diligent. They are also very good at risk assessing cases so that hopeless cases do not progress. If they take a case they pursue it forcefully, often getting excellent settlements pre-trial.

They have the ability to fully understand the needs of each client and continue to ensure they have the essential legal knowledge and experience to deliver the best service and advice to their clients.

Lisa Chambers and Stuart Biddle consistently strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients. They clearly work to fight their clients’ corner whilst keeping them fully informed.

Professional negligence Tier 3

Gorvins Solicitors routinely handles complex matters involving a wide range of professionals including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers, architects, accountants, insurance brokers and other non-medical professions. Mark Deverell, David Guest and Guy Lightowler are the main contacts. Deverell regularly works with insurers, primarily concerning legal advisers, while Lightowler has considerable experience advising owner-managed businesses, SMS, PLCs and multinationals.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell; David Guest; Guy Lightowler

Family Tier 4

The family team at Gorvins Solicitors 'punches above its weight' and provides a bespoke one-to-one solicitor/client relationship to its clients. The team routinely handles family matrimonial matters while also boasting a specialism in police family law. Associate solicitor Kerry Lees-Russell is 'a favourite with clients'

Practice head(s):

Nicola McInnes


‘Kerry Lees-Russell is a very knowledgeable solicitor. She is professional, friendly and approachable.’

‘Kerry Russell stands out for her strong but calm approach. She is a favourite with clients who appreciate her warm, friendly manner and ability to incisively analyse the issues in a case in order to deliver favourable results.’

‘Nicola Fraser works very hard for her clients and is adept at turning difficult cases round positively. She delivers with a consistently commercial and practical approach.’

‘Although a small team it has excellent associates and punches above its weight.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Gorvins Solicitors handles a range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters and its clients include insolvency practitioners, banks, businesses and individuals. It is known for its experience in advising companies facing winding-up proceedings and it is also experienced in acting for directors on personal liability, disqualification proceedings and on claims for breach of duty. David Guest, Mark Deverell and Paul Lupton head the team.

Practice head(s):

David Guest; Mark Deverell; Paul Lupton

Other key lawyers:

Kimberley Daley


The team provides very thorough advice

Intellectual property Tier 4

Gorvins Solicitors advises clients on copyright, design rights, trademarks and patents. It also deals with enforcement, disputes, passing off, copyright infringement and IP licenses. Andrew Curwen co-heads the team and advises institutions and OMBs on corporate transactions. Guy Lightowler also co-heads the team and acts for a range of clients in IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen; Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mancier; Paul Lupton; Rowan Uren


‘Extremely knowledgeable and professional.’

‘Christian Mancier fully understands my business needs and is solutions orientated.’

‘Guy Lightowler is knowledgeable, approachable and aggressive on his client’s behalf, yet realistic and commercial in approach.’

Key clients

Richer Sounds Plc

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

Aerofoil Energy Ltd

E-Foods Limited

ITAC Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

Employment Tier 5

The Gorvins Solicitors' employment team, led by David Walton, provides comprehensive employment law advice, with specialisms in a number of areas, including work relating to redundancy and bulk settlement agreements, where the firm has recently seen an uptick in instructions. Other areas of expertise include representing employers in Employment Tribunal cases, disciplinary matters and providing employment support on corporate matters. The team is also recognised for its proficiency in relation to family-friendly rights and its assisting businesses and local cancer centres as well as charities with advice to individuals and employers in the management of cancer issues in the workplace.

Practice head(s):

David Walton

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Ayres; Amanda Isherwood


The service is excellent and the knowledge of the lawyers is exceptional, there is no situation they cannot assist with.

David Walton provides an excellent, personal service, he is very supportive and makes every effort inside and outside of work hours to resolve any issues.

There is a close working relationship built with several members of the team via a regular series of regular events called HR Junction. In addition we have built a flexible approach to retained fees balancing costs out over the year. Thanks to this the employment team feels like a department within my own business that I can rely on as requirements come up.

David Walton provides clarity and take a personal interest in matters that relate to our business even if they are relatively minor or straightforward.

Property litigation Tier 5

Gorvins Solicitors handles commercial and residential property disputes for landlords, property owners and commercial tenants. Guy Lightowler, who stands out for his 'attention to detail', leads the team and is instructed by developers, management companies, entrepreneurs and local authority clients. Senior associate Danielle Clements handles a range of landlord and tenant issues, and is engaged on a number of boundary and neighbour disputes. Consultant Jonathon Crook is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:


The team is very professional, well organised, very client focused, deals with correspondence very promptly and has the client’s interest as a top priority

Guy Lightowler is an intelligent, client focused and tactically astute operator; he takes a realistic line when required, but always fights the client’s corner to get the best commercial result

Gorvins Solicitors is an award-winning, full-service North West law firm offering a wide range of personal and business legal services to commercial and private clients.

The firm: Gorvins has 15 partners and over 140 staff based in its Stockport offices, and acts for a diverse portfolio of clients including blue-chip organisations, SMEs, entrepreneurs, public sector and regulatory bodies, as well as private individuals from all walks of life.

As a leading business and employer in Greater Manchester, the firm, whose roots can be traced back over 150 years, offers both everyday legal advice and complex areas of law which require the skills of a specialised solicitor.

The firm boasts a range of talented solicitors who are all highly skilled, experienced and professional. The teams take a communicative and enthusiastic approach and always take clients’ individual and business circumstances into account and adapt advice accordingly.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial and business services: commercial litigation; commercial property; corporate and commercial; corporate recovery and insolvency; debt recovery; employment; intellectual property and IT; professional negligence; and property litigation.

Private client and personal services: dispute resolution; employment; family law; personal injury; residential property and conveyancing; wills, personal tax and trusts; and estate disputes and inheritance tax claims.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Property, Managing partner Martin Hoare
Commercial litigation Mark Deverell
Corporate and commercial Andrew Curwen
Corporate recovery and insolvency David Guest
Commercial property Martin Hoare
Employment David Walton
Personal injury Stuart Biddle
Private client Christine Thornley
Property litigation Guy Lightowler
Private Client Nicola Fraser
Commercial Property Claire Beaumont
Commercial Property Colin Mellor
Private Client Michael Smoult
Corporate and Commercial Christian Mancier
Corporate and Commercial Paul Lupton
Employment Danielle Clements
Military Personal Injury Gary Boyd
Photo Name Position Profile
 Claire Beaumont  photo Claire Beaumont
 Stuart Biddle  photo Stuart Biddle
 Danielle Clements  photo Danielle Clements
 Andrew Curwen  photo Andrew Curwen
 Mark Deverell  photo Mark Deverell
 David Guest  photo David Guest
 Martin Hoare  photo Martin Hoare
 Guy Lightowler  photo Guy Lightowler
 Paul Lupton  photo Paul Lupton
 Christian Mancier  photo Christian Mancier
 Colin Mellor  photo Colin Mellor
 Michael Smoult  photo Michael Smoult
 Christine Thornley  photo Christine Thornley
 David Walton  photo David Walton
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 53
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Children Law and Private
The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Law Society of England and Wales
The Legal 500

CLIENT: Peter Higham, Higham & Co, Manchester
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Having had no previous exposure to the corporate side of the profession, I knew from the initial introduction I was in the hands of a very experienced professional. Christian explained every aspect of a somewhat complicated process with great clarity, and I am pleased to say we achieved a very satisfactory result in a short space of time.

CLIENT: Owen Napier, Managing Director, Computeam Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I’ve worked with the employment law team at Gorvins for over 10 years. Throughout that time, they have supported the growth of my business and have helped with everything from setting up employment contracts to a large-scale TUPE process. The advice they give is always timely and professional, and what I really appreciate is their common sense approach to business challenges.

CLIENT: Andrew Waugh, CEO, 53N
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Martin Hoare of Gorvins deserves mention in particular for his composure and ability to remain calm and focused, when timescales are tight and transactions are complex, enabling him to distil out the key points and provide clear advice and steerage to see a deal to successful completion. We have no hesitation recommending him.

CLIENT: Hamilton Heath Estates Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Claire provides an extremely high level of service to us, we have used many lawyers in the past and this is a rare quality. The communication and practical advice that we receive is excellent and we regard her as an extension of our team.

CLIENT: Mark Bowker, Owner and Managing Director, Valour Finance Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Mark is a very astute litigator. Able to immediately understand industry specific issues and give candid and honest advice. It is rare to find a solicitor with this level of commercial acumen. Further Mark is an extremely experienced litigator and will always leverage his position to provide you with the best possible chance of gaining the decision you are seeking.

CLIENT: John Clayton, HR Director, Richer Sounds
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: In the time we have been working alongside Gorvins we have found their expert advice to be very efficient and quick. David and his employment team are always on hand when we need them and have helped us with a number of HR matters.

CLIENT: Head of Legal, Manchester Metropolitan University
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Claire is a smart and responsive lawyer who treats each transaction as her own. She builds constructive relationships with colleagues on both sides of the table, which is very useful, especially when the going gets tough!

CLIENT: Paul Harrison, Financial Director, Melba Swintex Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I have always found Guy’s work to be of the highest quality. His approach is both a practical and commercial one as well as a legal one. His attention to detail, speed of response and general overall willingness to help as well as his organisational skills make him a valuable asset when dealing with issues that we have encountered. I would not hesitate in recommending his services.

CLIENT: Vernon Building Society
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I’ve worked with Mark for a number of years and he has always proved to be efficient, friendly and happy to lend his professional advice. He makes my job easier as I can rely on his expertise which he deliver in everyday language, something that is much appreciated.

CLIENT: Mr. Peter Sherliker, HR Director from Tetrad Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Gorvins Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I would not consider using any other firm than Gorvins. I use Gorvins for all my employment needs for my business and after having dealt with other firms, no one can meet up to the level of service offered by David and the team at Gorvins. David uniquely combines excellent legal advice with commercial pragmatism.