Firm Profile > Gorvins Solicitors > Stockport, England

Gorvins Solicitors
DALE HOUSE
TIVIOT DALE
STOCKPORT
SK1 1TA
England

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

At Gorvins Solicitors, practice co-head Mark Deverell is a star name for shareholder disputes and helms the dispute resolution practice alongside the ‘very personableGuy Lightowler, a property litigation specialist. Additional strengths outside of commercial litigation include insolvency related-litigation, finance disputes and contentious probate.

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Testimonials

‘Responsive to client needs; good value; well versed in the law.’

‘Guy Lightowler: very personable, understands client needs, realistic and knowledgeable.’

‘We use the services of Gorvins Solicitors for all our legal questions as we believe that they have excellent all-round strength. Across all the departments that have people who are very good at their specialities and who are approachable, accessible and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Guy Lightowler has been an enormous help to us with some very complex issues. He explains and summarises these issues to us with great clarity and guides us to the best way forward. He also understands the nature of our business and for these reasons we have great confidence in him.’

‘Guy Lightowler listens to our situation and explains it back in a very normal manner that is easy for non-legal people to understand.’

Key clients

Williams Motor Company (Holdings) Limited

The Property Alliance Group (PAG) and subsidiaries

Avonside Group Services Limited (Avonside)

William Stobart Transportation/William Stobart

PAG Asset Preservation Limited/MB Vacant Property Solutions Limited

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors is active in the commercial conveyancing arena, while also regularly handling development and investment work, representing both tenants and landlords. Managing partner Martin Hoare co-leads the team and brings expertise in commercial and residential development work. His co-head Claire Beaumont is noted for her experience advising lenders and working on major investment deals. The firm posted strong growth during the last year with a near-10% increase in turnover.

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Urban Splash

Chamber of Commerce

Peel Media

European Metal Recycling

Oldham Borough Council

New City Vision

Inner City Music Limited t/a Band on the Wall

Lundy Projects Limited

Patidar Limited

Wood Restaurant Limited

Redsun Projects Limited

Close Brothers Limited

Opulent Property Limited

Relendex Security Trustees Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Home to a ‘tight team with great communication’, Gorvins Solicitors is active on M&A, disposals, MBOs, MBIs, private equity and corporate transactions. Practice head Andrew Curwen also has knowledge of venture capital and debt finance and recently acted for Valour Finance on its £20m structured finance investment from Cairn Capital. Christian Mancier provided support on the matter and is hailed for his ‘excellent guidance’. Additional expertise includes outsourcing, supply and purchasing agreements and distribution and agency agreements, while key sectors encompass media & publishing, market research, finance, construction and healthcare.

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‘It was clear from the outset that this was a tight team with great inter-team communication. I always felt confident that whichever member of the team that I spoke to. They were fully briefed on all aspects of the transaction.

‘Christian Mancier provided excellent guidance and support – I have already recommended Gorvins and Christian in particular to another business undergoing a share sale.’

Key clients

Valour Finance Group Plc

Avonside Group Services Limited

Williams Motor Group

Mondiale Publishing Limited

CGA Strategy Limited

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

Proseal UK Limited

Richer Sounds Plc

Rowlinson Group Limited

e-Foods Limited

Tandom Metallurgical Group Limited

John Munroe Group Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

Employment: employee/union firms Tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors’ team has recently seen an increase in work relating to mass redundancy exercises, bulk compromise agreements, and settlement agreements for both senior executives and lower-level employees. Led by David Walton, the department also assists employees with their Employment Tribunal claims. A niche area of expertise for the firm is advising employees and their families affected by cancer. The firm is also particularly active on maternity and pregnancy discrimination matters, of which Danielle Ayres - who was promoted to partner in 2019 - is considered a go-to lawyer.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Working closely with the firm’s with litigation, corporate and commercial departments, Gorvins Solicitors’ contentious trust and probates specialists regularly act in cases involving disputed estates, fraudulent wills, Inheritance Act issues, and questions over mental capacity. Christine Thornley heads up the Cheshire-based team, which also includes senior associate Danielle Clements, who is praised by clients as 'professional, competent and courteous'.

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‘Danielle Clements was invariably professional, competent, and courteous. She always took time to explain legal points that were not apparent to me.’ 

Debt recovery Tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors fields a ‘debt recovery team which has fast established itself as a leading provider’. Practice head Mark Deverell provides ‘sound commercial advice’; he regularly acts for insolvency practitioners in the collection of debt on behalf of liquidators and administrators. He also acts on the recovery of monies owed under guarantees.

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Gorvins has a long established reputation in the region.  It has clearly defined departments with the CDR team at the forefront. The quality of work produced by the team is at a level expected of a large regional firm which is largely down to Mark Deverell and Guy Lightowler who have increased the firm’s profile for providing a quality, city centre service but at lower cost. The debt recovery team has fast established itself as a leading provider.

‘The team led by Mark Deverell offers efficient and effective solutions.’

‘Mark Deverell is an astute lawyer who offers sound commercial advice.  Mark’s considerable experience is confirmed by his calm approach to cases and pragmatic approach.’

‘When I retired I found that I had several bad debts from solicitors who had failed to pay for work done and had not responded to several requests from me for outstanding payments. Gorvins Solicitors did an outstanding job in recovering these monies.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Headed up by succession planning specialist Christine Thornley, the team at Gorvins Solicitors provides advice to high-net-worth individuals and family business owners on matters relating to disabled beneficiaries, wills and Court of Protection issues. Notable areas of growth for the practice include contentious probate cases, often acted in by Michael Smoult, as well as inheritance tax planning work, handled by 'empathic' senior associate Tasoula Addison.

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‘Tasoula Addison was empathic, with good communication skills, and kept me up to date at all times. Her rates were reasonable too.’ 

‘The team has a personal touch and is efficient and professional.’

Professional negligence Tier 3

The team at Gorvins Solicitors handles a range of professional negligence and liability matters involving solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers, architects, accountants, insurance brokers and a wide variety of other non-medical professionals. Mark Deverell, David Guest and Guy Lightowler jointly head the practice, which both brings and defends complex contentious actions.

Family Tier 4

Nicola Fraser was recently promoted to head of the family department at boutique firm Gorvins Solicitors, which primarily focuses on family matrimonial matters. It also provides specialist services to the public sector, particularly to UK-wide police federations. Its private client base includes barristers and solicitors in the region.

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‘The team members are approachable and trustworthy.’ 

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Gorvins Solicitors' practice has advised banks, receivers and directors on contentious and non-contentious issues. The team is collectively led by Mark Deverell, David Guest and Paul Lupton. Deverell is the firm's key partner acting in winding up proceedings, Guest specialises in corporate and personal insolvencies, and Lupton is a broad specialist in all insolvency-related matters, advising small to medium-sized businesses in particular.

Employment Tier 5

David Walton’s team at Gorvins Solicitors specialises in advising on redundancy and bulk settlement agreements, Employment Tribunal cases, and disciplinary and grievance cases. It has also a strong local track record in the area of family rights, managing complex pregnancy and gender-related discrimination issues, as well as assisting organisations managing cancer issues in the workplace. Danielle Ayres was recently promoted to partner.

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‘Gorvins are proactive in their approach, and we receive immediate advice, something we find invaluable in these ever-changing and challenging times. Other legal firms have not been able to provide us with this level of expertise and service.’ 

‘David Walton has become a valued extension of our business advice network. David literally does go the extra mile to support our company when needed with his professional, pragmatic and trusted advice. David is particularly insightful and the joy of working with him is that he understands the ‘real’ world!’ 

Intellectual property Tier 5

Clients praise Gorvins Solicitors for its ‘breadth of legal experience and great client management’. The contentious offering, led by the ‘very personableGuy Lightowler, encompasses passing-off matters in addition to trade mark, copyright, registered and unregistered design right issues. The client list includes OMBs, SMEs and multinationals. Andrew Curwen fronts the non-contentious side where expertise includes development, enforcement and licensing.

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‘Responsive to client needs; good value; well versed in the law; unique in the Stockport area.’

‘Guy Lightowler is very personable, understands client needs, realistic and knowledgeable.’

‘Handled our enquiry superbly. From the moment we contacted them, we felt at ease straight away. Same from the office staff, its never a easy moment when you find yourself in need of legal help, however all the angst is taken away. Can’t sing their praises highly enough.’

‘Our partner is Guy Lightowler, again all the help and support has been superb. He has made this situation a lot more bearable, his knowledge is excellent, communication and understanding (specialist industry) is second to none. We have other legal issues which without doubt will be given to Guy to address. I would not hesitate to recommend Guy, makes the whole process pain free.’

‘Gorvins are an excellent north west firm with a breadth of legal experience and great client management.’

‘Christian Mancier is our go-to partner. He is always able to find simple, commercial solutions to complex issues and provides clear and concise explanations that help us understand our options and make decisions quickly. He is very reliable and I have valued his thoughtful input on many occasions.’

Key clients

Valour Finance Group Plc

Avonside Group Services Limited

Williams Motor Group

Mondiale Publishing Limited

CGA Strategy Limited

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

Proseal UK Limited

Richer Sounds Plc

Rowlinson Group Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

Blaze Networks Limited

e-Foods Limited

Computeam Ltd

Property litigation Tier 5

Gorvins Solicitors's practice covers a broad array of work including boundary disputes, contested lease renewals and disrepair and dilapidations claims. Guy Lightowler leads the team and is particularly active on landlord and tenant disputes. His broader practice involves acting for developers, management companies and local authorities. Highly experienced consultant Jonathan Crook is a key figure, with experience of acting in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

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Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

The personal injury practice at Gorvins Solicitors has significant experience in cases arising from industrial, serious and life-changing or debilitating injuries, including brain and spinal injuries. The practice also has a niche team specialising in military and serious sports injury claims, led by Gary Boyd. Stuart Biddle heads the wider personal injury department.

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Testimonials

‘Gary Boyd has a wealth of experience in military matters and is a dedicated and innovative lawyer. ‘

‘The firm has strength and depth, and provides first class advice and clear direction over a wide range of legal activity.’

‘Gary Boyd is tenacious, a good lawyer, practical, pragmatic and determined.’

‘Stuart Biddle is very professional – he always kept me informed of where my case was and how my case was proceeding. He would regularly keep in touch with me just to see how I was doing, not just physically but also mentally. My opinion of him is of the highest regard –  a true gentleman.’

‘The firm has strength in depth and provides first class advice and clear direction. The overall service is very professionally and personally delivered with senior staff taking clear ownership of client issues. The client quickly feels at the centre of the firm’s interests and knows exactly where ownership lies. Costs are explained clearly at the outset and expectations are realistic and pragmatic. The firm delivers high quality legal advice and client expectations are fully met.’

Gorvins Solicitors is the trading name of Gorvins LLP.

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 18 partners and 150 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 165 years, offers both everyday legal advice and complex areas of law which require the skills of specialised solicitors.

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; wills, personal tax and trusts; and estate disputes and inheritance tax claims.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Property, Managing Partner Martin Hoare
Commercial Property Claire Beaumont
Commercial Property Colin Mellor
Corporate and Commercial Andrew Curwen
Corporate and Commercial Christian Mancier
Corporate and Commercial Paul Lupton
Commercial Litigation Mark Deverell
Property litigation Guy Lightowler
Litigation Danielle Clements
Corporate Recovery and Insolvency David Guest
Employment David Walton
Employment Danielle Ayres
Personal injury Stuart Biddle
Military Personal Injury Gary Boyd
Private client Christine Thornley
Private Client Michael Smoult
Private Client Nicola Fraser
Photo Name Position Profile
 Danielle Ayres photo Danielle Ayres Danielle is a Partner in the Gorvins’ Employment Team. She advises on all…
 Claire Beaumont  photo Claire Beaumont Claire is a Partner and Co-Head of the Gorvins’ Commercial Property team…
 Stuart Biddle  photo Stuart Biddle Stuart is Head of Gorvins Solicitors Personal Injury department. He has extensive…
 Gary Boyd photo Gary Boyd Gary is Head of Military and Serious Sports Injury at Gorvins Solicitors.Gary…
 Danielle Clements  photo Danielle Clements Danielle is a Senior Associate Solicitor in Gorvins’ Commercial Litigation department. She…
 Andrew Curwen  photo Andrew Curwen Andrew is Head of the Corporate – Commercial practice at Gorvins Solicitors.…
 Mark Deverell  photo Mark Deverell Mark is the Firm’s Senior Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation. He…
 Nicola Fraser  photo Nicola Fraser Nicola is a Partner and the Head of Family Law team at…
 David Guest  photo David Guest David is a Partner and Head of the Gorvins’ Insolvency and Corporate…
 Martin Hoare  photo Martin Hoare Martin is Gorvins Solicitors Managing Partner and Head of the Real Estate…
 Guy Lightowler  photo Guy Lightowler Guy is the Head of Property Litigation at Gorvins Solicitors. He works…
 Paul Lupton  photo Paul Lupton Paul is a Consultant in the Corporate – Commercial team at Gorvins…
 Christian Mancier  photo Christian Mancier Christian is a Partner in the Corporate – Commercial department. He specialises…
 Colin Mellor  photo Colin Mellor Colin is a Consultant Solicitor in the Gorvins Commercial Property team. He…
 Michael Smoult  photo Michael Smoult Michael is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Private Client team at…
 Christine Thornley  photo Christine Thornley Head of Wills and Estate Planning, Christine joined Gorvins over 10 years…
 David Walton  photo David Walton David is Partner and Head of Employment Law at Gorvins Solicitors. David…
Number of UK partners : 18
Number of other UK fee-earners : 53
English
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.