Firm Profile > Gorvins Solicitors > Stockport, England

Gorvins Solicitors
DALE HOUSE
TIVIOT DALE
STOCKPORT
SK1 1TA
England

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors represents a broad range of corporate clients across the region and nationally, with strong capabilities in company commercial and partnership litigation. It has handled a number of high-value claims in sectors including technology, manufacturing, and automotives. The team is led by Mark Deverell, an experienced practitioner with a successful record in partnership disputes, acting for businesses and shareholders. With City experience, Guy Lightowler represents corporate clients ranging from SMEs to multinationals, and is praised for his 'tactically astute' approach.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:

Guy Lightowler

Testimonials

‘Mark Deverell is very approachable, with an excellent manner with clients. He has extensive experience of commercial disputes and litigation and is able to offer practical advice and support. He is also a seasoned negotiator.’

‘Guy Lightowler I have found to be professional and personable at the same time.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Described as ‘deal focused, and technically very proficient’, the team at Gorvins Solicitors handles a wide range of work, with a particular focus on property acquisitions and disposals, residential and mixed-use development as well as landlord and tenant matters. The practice has experienced an uptick of work in the residential sector and has been involved in some new office to residential conversions. Martin Hoare, whom clients praise for being ‘commercial, diligent and a pleasure to work with’, co-heads the practice together with Claire Beaumont, who has expertise in investment deals and advising lenders.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hoare; Claire Beaumont

Other key lawyers:

Colin Mellor

Testimonials

‘The team at Gorvins are extremely reliable, commercial, deal focused, and technically very proficient. We would not hesitate to recommend them and have progressively directed more work towards them from the London practices we were using previously.’

‘Martin Hoare has proven himself a trusted advisor – commercial, diligent and a pleasure to work with. We met on the other side of a complex leasehold disposal and sought to work with him when the deal closed.’

Key clients

Select Group

Williams Motor Co

Investar

Universal Container Services (Holdings) Limited

Fabrica Holdings Limited

Urban Splash Residential Fund

PH Property Holdings Limited

Inner City Music Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

Gorvins Solicitors advises on a broad range of transactions and commercial matters from its Stockport office, working with regional and national clients including SMEs, listed companies, corporate financiers, and service providers. Sector focuses include media, healthcare, construction, and financial services. The 'agile' team is led by Andrew Curwen, who specialises in transactional work, handling M&A, venture capital investments, corporate finance, and MBOs, with the highly-praised Christian Mancier also a key player, focusing on family businesses and medium-sized OMBs. Associate Gemma Lingard plays a leading role in corporate work, particularly on behalf of family businesses.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mancier; Gemma Lingard

Testimonials

‘Christian Mancier has a wealth of expertise and has always provided me with an excellent service over the last 8-10 years.’

‘Gorvins have helped the business with a full journey from buying the company, creating an EMI scheme for the management team to and exit via a trade sale over a number of years. They were the only local practice that had a range of requisite skills available and sufficient substance to deal with many individual issues. ’

‘The leader during the EMI and exit process was Christian Mancier and I found him to be a great adviser, enabling us to negotiate the process. On a personal basis, I was grateful he was able to guide less experienced colleagues in my team through this, we needed an open approach to every one (5 people) so that we all trusted one another, as, this was a first for the more junior stakeholders. We were very lucky to get this over the line, and, the whole Gorvins team delivered.’

‘The Gorvins team were responsive and agile throughout our due diligence and sale process. They were able to balance the commercial pressure to complete in a short timeframe with the need to provide us with appropriate legal counsel and protections. We worked collaboratively to resolve issues and the team were flexible and available outside of normal working hours to keep the deal momentum going. ’

‘Christian Mancier understood our commercial requirements and communicated the legal aspects of the process in a way that all parties understood. Rather than simply explaining the relevant legal point he applied it to our particular business context so that we understood why something was required and any associated commercial risk attached to our decisions. He was always available, quick to respond and a pleasure to deal with.’

 

Key clients

Valour Finance Group Plc

Avonside Group Services Limited

Astute Private Wealth Limited

Williams Motor Group

Mondiale Publishing Limited

CGA Strategy Limited

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

Richer Sounds Plc

Rowlinson Group Limited

e-Foods Limited

Tandom Metallurgical Group Limited

John Munroe Group Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors' contentious trusts and probate team draws on the firm's expertise in dispute resolution and non-contentious wills and probate work to advise clients in this area. The team handles the contesting of wills, Inheritance Act claims, and disputes between trustees and beneficiaries; much of the team's work involves complicating aspects such as allegations of forgery, lack of capacity and undue influence. Christine Thornley leads the overall wills, trusts and probate team, with Michael Smoult also a key partner with a background in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Christine Thornley

Other key lawyers:

Michael Smoult; Danielle Clements; Tasoula Addison

Testimonials

‘I was represented by Michael Smoult. I value him as a solicitor, who, while providing excellent legal advice, displayed keen intuition and empathy for my situation on a personal level, in what is a very sensitive matter.’

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors regularly works with insolvency practitioners  to collect debts on behalf of liquidators and administrators and recovery of monies due under guarantees, handling regional, national, and cross-border matters. Of particular note is the firm's work on national supply-related claims. The team is led by senior practitioner Mark Deverell, with David Guest also a key player in the team. Senior associate Danielle Clements is noted for her work on complex estate and probate matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:

David Guest; Danielle Clements

Testimonials

‘I asked the firm to help with debt recovery a couple of years ago. They did an outstanding job. Before I contacted them I had had great difficulty recovering outstanding debts. I was involved in medico-legal practice & these debts were from lawyers who had instructed me but then did not pay for the work.’

‘The individuals who worked with me kept me constantly informed as to their progress & achieved the job in good time.’

‘Gorvins is a long established, client focused firm that competes in all service delivery categories with other leading debt recovery firms. Efficient in its approach and desire to arrive at a sensible/commercial outcome gives it an edge amongst many larger competitors based in the cities of the NW. The team is very approachable and pragmatic. Instructions to counsel are always clear, concise and with a view to securing the best commercial outcome.’

‘The team is lead by Senior Partner Mark Deverell who’s calm, relaxed approach belies his tenacity and the clear wealth of experience he possesses provides clients with the confidence they often need in dealing with large, involved disputes. As a whole, the team appears to effortlessly provide clients with a cost effective yet high standard of professional service.’

Employment > Employment: employee/union firms Tier 2

In addition to representing employees in contentious matters, such as unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, Gorvins Solicitors also provides advice on contracts of employment and exit agreements. Many of the team's clients are senior executives, and it also acts for groups of employees in redundancies. Practice head David Walton is experienced in a broad range of employment matters, and is noted for his work as an advocate before employment tribunals. Danielle Ayres is also a key partner in the team, and is noted for her expertise in pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Associate Nyaradzo Nyakatawa is praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

David Walton

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Ayres; Nyaradzo Nyakatawa

Testimonials

‘My experience was strictly on a disability / pregnancy discrimination related claim and I dealt with the partner, Danielle Ayres. She has a very deep and specific knowledge of this area of employment and is an exceptionally gifted and thoughtful advocate for her clients.’

‘Gorvins provide a free advice service for our beneficiaries. We work with women who have experienced pregnancy and maternity discrimination and part of our work is a free legal advice service, staffed by employment solicitors from Gorvins. When we established this service we had various reservations and concerns about the women feeling pressured to take legal action, or feeling pressured to work with Gorvins in the future, but none of those concerns have come to fruition. They offer an excellent advice service free of charge to thousands of vulnerable pregnant women and new mums.’

‘Gorvins is an excellent Employment Team that has successfully raised its profile from a local to a national firm. It has a diverse team that offers reliable and relatable employment law advice. The use of social media to connect with a winder audience and build client base is impressive. I also consider the firm to care about its clients and goes the extra mile.’

‘I was struck by how the firm treated me with so much humanity and understanding. I sought legal help with great trepidation and worried about someone not understanding the sensitivity of my case. I was disarmed and impressed by the professionalism, swiftness in contact and constant updates as well as the kindness and empathy.’

‘Danielle Ayres is an exceptional solicitor with a very deep knowledge of her area of the law. She has an extremely empathetic understanding of her clients situations and I always felt both my emotional and legal problems were taken into account as the case progressed.’

‘David Walton, my key contact, kept me well informed about progress, gave clear timelines that he adhered to with regard responses and completion of the work and took the initiative to check-in with me periodically to monitor status of discussions I was responsible for with a 3rd party. He and his team demonstrated a degree of care and interest beyond just getting the job done which gave me added confidence in the outcome.’

‘I was represented by Danielle Ayre, whose professionalism, directness and sensitivity to my case really impressed me and instilled me with confidence. She went above and beyond to ensure I was not harmed professionally by my workplace.’

‘Danielle Ayres is a pregnancy/maternity specialist who, through the use of social media and hard work, has raised significant awareness in this area and provided much-needed help to countless women. She is an astute lawyer who I rate for her legal acumen as well as her empathy and commitment to clients. She has great judgement and I value her as a voice for change within sex discrimination.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors' private client team focuses on advising clients with estate planning and will preparation, and also assists trustees and executors with administering estates. Business owners form a key part of the team's client base, as it provides advice on matters including succession planning and tax planning related to the sale of businesses. The practice's estate work encompasses advising on matters involving complex and unusual assets. Christine Thornley leads the team, with specialisms in acting for family-owned businesses as well as clients with disabled beneficiaries. Michael Smoult is another key contact and has experience in contentious and non-contentious estate matters. Senior associate Tasoula Addison is also well-regarded by the practice's clients.

Practice head(s):

Christine Thornley; Michael Smoult

Other key lawyers:

Tasoula Addison

Testimonials

‘Our main contact was with Tasoula Addison. When we rang up to enquire about someone to handle my mothers probate we were allocated Tasoula and she handled the work extremely well despite COVID keeping her working from home for much of the time.’

‘Tasoula Addison was able to transmit calm and assurance at a difficult time. My mothers affairs were in quite a mess due to dementia but nothing seemed to worry Tasoula and she made us feel very much like she was in charge of the situation. We particularly liked her approach because she listened well. Was very clear and economical in how she explained things and we always felt we were being given the best information on which to make the decisions that needed to be made. We subsequently used Tasoula for our will as powers of attorney as a result of our first interaction regarding my mothers probate.’

‘Gorvins as a practice is unique in that within one building there is a wide diversity of specialists in all aspects of anything legal. A high degree of professionalism and attention to detail is always evident, and clients’ privacy is respected at all times. All of the team are approachable and communication is excellent. In my opinion you do not get the reassurance that your needs will be met promptly and effectively by other firms.’

‘Tasoula Addison helped my wife and I as executors. She explained the intricacies of the will in a manner that we could understand and she explained what the processes involved in obtaining Grant of Probate were. At all times Tasoula was professional, friendly and her communication skills were excellent. We both felt that we had chosen the right person to help us through Probate application.’

‘We used their services when Mum passed away in 2016 and Tasoula Addison was very knowledgeable in dealing with the Estate, Probate and Family Trust matters. Because of this we had no hesitation in contacting her again when Dad passed away in Dec 2020. She has completed an Inheritance Tax Return and has submitted Dad’s Probate forms in a timely manner and has again been very knowledgeable and helpful in dealing with our Family Trust in relation to the sale of Dad’s house (part held in Trust) which was dealt with by another firm of Solicitors.’

‘Tasoula Addison has never skimped on the time that she has given us. She also explains every step and issue in a way that we can readily understand. I would have no hesitation in using these services again in the future. We know that we are in safe hands with her and the wider company. ’

‘Personality, professionalism and technical competence. Perfect communication.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Gorvins Solicitors handles a range of professional negligence and liability cases, representing clients against solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers, architects, accountants, insurance brokers and a wide variety of other non-medical professionals. Mark Deverell primarily handles professional negligence matters involving legal advisors and insurers; he jointly heads the team with David Guest and Guy Lightowler, who has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell; David Guest; Guy Lightowler

Private client > Family Tier 4

Nicola Fraser leads the family practice at Gorvins Solicitors, providing advice to clients on matters ranging from financial remedy proceedings to Children Act disputes, including cases involving allegations of abuse and Non-Molestation Orders. The team has strong links to the public sector, such as police federations, providing advice to their members. It is praised by clients as 'exceptional, patient and very easy to deal with'.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Fraser

Testimonials

‘The family team are all really approachable. Given all were working from home their IT systems were really good and this did not delay any responses. The invoices generated are quality assured by the named solicitor who was readily available to answer any queries where required. Given the size of the firm and the different departments, the solicitor was able to obtain advice quickly from other specialists.’

‘My experience of the family team at Gorvins is very positive. When I have been instructed by them they have provided with papers at an early opportunity. The fee earners in the team are extremely good at liaising with Counsel and providing a great deal of helpful information a full bundle and detailed brief is always provided (not the case with many firms!). The clients have always been advised very well and are aware of Counsel’s role within proceedings. They are always on hand, if needed, during proceedings to assist Counsel at any opportunity.’

‘My engagement with Gorvins is particularly with Nicola Fraser. Nicola is an very experienced family lawyer whose knowledge, particularly in relation to pensions, is excellent. In my experience Nicola goes ‘above and beyond’ for her clients. On the last occasion I acted for her we had lengthy discussions (including some out of hours) and she was incredibly knowledgeable of the case we were dealing with. The work that I have seen has always been detailed and well thought out. She makes good, fair, offers of settlement and I would say she tries to avoid court proceedings and minimise costs and stress for her clients where possible.’

‘Nicola Fraser and the team were exceptional, patient and very easy to deal with. It would have been easy to treat the case as a matter of process only however their empathy and attention to details was second to none ’

‘I would recommend Nicola Fraser and her team to anybody. Their legal knowledge and expertise were exemplary. However Nicola demonstrated a high level of kindness care and compassion. Nicola has been recommended to me by multiple colleagues at work and she did not disappoint. I would always recommend her again.’

Employment Tier 5

Redundancies, disciplinary proceedings, tribunal claims, and TUPE undertakings are amongst the areas of employment law handled by Gorvins Solicitors. David Walton leads the team from its Stockport office; he is experienced in the contentious and non-contentious sides of employment law, and conducts his own advocacy before tribunals. Danielle Ayres has a similarly broad practice, with a specialism in parental rights related to employment, such as assisting employers with introducing flexible working arrangements.

Practice head(s):

David Walton

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Ayres

Testimonials

‘An extremely professional practice offering practical and reliable employment advice in a way that is prompt and concise. Their breadth of knowledge in the area of employment law is outstanding. Their team are quick to grasp employment issues that we need to discuss with them and they offer instant advice. The service we receive is invaluable to our organisation and we have no doubt that their advice has stopped some of our employment issues from escalating further.’

‘David Walton is our specialist employment lawyer, he stands out for many reasons, but his professionalism, integrity and his friendly straight forward approach is worthy of special note. David meets deadlines promptly and consistently exceeds our expectation with the work he carries out for us.’

‘I cannot praise Gorvins enough. Having dealt with a number of employment solicitor firms, the service we have received from them has been second to none. The professionalism displayed consistently from this firm has been seamless during this pandemic. ’

‘The support from David Walton at Gorvins on employee relations issues has been exceptional. His dedicated, no-nonsense, solution finding approach is refreshing, he has consistently put the best interests of my Company at the forefront of any issues, large or small. Highly professional, knowledgeable and approachable, David has gone above and beyond to find practical solutions to difficult and testing ER issues and is an asset to Gorvins.’

‘The staff there are all very friendly and approachable, and we have built up a close working relationship with many of their staff over the twenty or so years we have been dealing with them. Always on hand should we have any urgent legal matters that need addressing. ’

‘The team is lead by David Walton who manages the team in a way that ensures they are responsive to the client’s need. They listen and understand. The advice and guidance given is legally sound, takes careful account of the business setting and is pragmatic.’ 

‘David Walton stands out from other lawyers we have used historically in that he combines his expert knowledge of employment law and practice and policies with sound business acumen and an ability to relate to the employers perspective. He has never lost a case for us, including taking a high value claim to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and winning it. The cost of losing this case would have cost the Company over £300,000 and put the business in jeopardy. The advice he gave me originally proved to be correct through two Tribunals and ultimately was the same as Counsel advanced at the EAT. He provided great reassurance to us at this time with his calm reassuring manner and advice. He is highly recommended.’

‘David Walton is so easy to work with and offers sound, practical advice in a clear way. It comes across that he has customer service at the forefront of his mind, coupled with providing sound, business focussed advice which is delivered in a clear and friendly manner.’

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

The team at Gorvins Solicitors advises directors on personal liability issues and has experience acting in insolvency-related claims of misconduct, fraud or breach of duty against individuals. Mark Deverell, who is active in matters involving companies facing winding-up proceedings, co-leads the practice with David Guest, who specialises in corporate and personal insolvencies, and Paul Lupton, who has particular experience in advising small to medium-sized businesses.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell; David Guest; Paul Lupton

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 5

Gorvins Solicitors advises and represents clients across contentious and non-contentious intellectual property issues, handling IP-related transactions and commercial agreements such as licensing. It also handles trade mark and patent enforcement proceedings and litigation. The team is led by corporate lawyer Andrew Curwen, who focuses on transactional work, and experienced commercial litigator Guy Lightowler, who leads on contentious issues. Christian Mancier regularly advises on GDPR-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen; Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mancier

Testimonials

‘Gorvins are an excellent firm and I definitely recommend them to anyone based in the North West. They have a range of capabilities and a strong client ethos. ’

‘Christian Mancier consistently provides straight forward and clear advice to us. He is reliable and always able to simplify an issue providing advice in a clear and structured manner. ’

‘Guy Lightowler, has been excellent.’

‘Guy is prepared to really understand our concerns. He asks for all of the pertinent details to really assess the issue and then advises accordingly. His approach is a real-world one and not just a matter of law.

Key clients

District Surveyors Association Limited t/a LABC

Barrowmix Limited

Easy-Hire Power Tools Limited

Mondiale Publishing Limited

Sleeper Media Limited

Darc Media Limited

CGA Strategy Limited

Richer Sounds plc

GPC Computer Software Limited

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

The property litigation team at Gorvins Solicitors is prominent in both the commercial and residential property spheres, where it handles disputes arising from disrepair, lease renewals, break clauses, boundary disputes and breaches of restrictive covenants, among other issues. Experienced litigator Guy Lightowler, who heads up the practice, handles matters in the county court, high court and property tribunal. Consultant Jonathan Crook is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):

Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Crook

Testimonials

‘Gorvins have an excellent reputation in South Manchester and offer a wide range of legal services. This reputation means that, when recommending Gorvins to clients, there will be no need to look elsewhere regardless of how a matter develops.’

‘Guy Lightowler is an excellent litigation solicitor. He has an excellent encyclopaedic knowledge of property law and a clear vision of where he needs to get to in a matter and how long it is likely to take.’

‘Guy Lightowler (Partner) gave the personal touch on some issues and was always at the end of the telephone when needed.’

‘Gorvins were effectively recommended by a practice who had come up against them. We were trying to find a solicitor to handle a tenant/letting issue. Gorvins appear to me to work with real authority, matching what was conveyed by the other practice.’

‘My father and I always felt that Guy Lightowler was in complete control of the situation and his calm, sure-handed manner was vital in bringing the dispute to a conclusion.’

Key clients

Rowlinson Group

Rowlinson Timber Limited

A & J Property Limited

District Surveyors Association Limited t/a LABC

Ian Edgar (Liverpool) Limited

Williams Group

The Property Alliance Group (PAG) and subsidiaries

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Stockport-based Gorvins Solicitors handles claims arising from industrial, serious and life-changing or debilitating injuries. Personal injury head Stuart Biddle has particular experience with brain injury and other catastrophic injury claims. Gary Boyd leads the military and serious sports injury claims departments; he is highly recommended for his expertise in these areas, and has substantial experience in catastrophic injury claims including spinal cord injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Biddle; Gary Boyd

Testimonials

‘Gorvins is a very customer-focused firm. I have been very impressed by the close attention I have received at partner level and the way the legal response has been tailored to my specific needs. Tenacity and professional excellence combined with first class customer support has delivered a very good customer experience.’

‘A total commitment to the client well beyond anything I have experienced in legal firms elsewhere.’

‘Very knowledgeable and clearly understand and manage the complexities of military medical and service records.’

‘The team has the interest of their clients at their heart. They are prepared to go the extra mile exploring all avenues to maximize the claim for the benefit of the claimants .’

‘Stuart Biddle – a conscientious solicitor, takes great care in studying the case thoroughly and find the aspects that gives the maximum value for his clients.

‘The team is led by Stuart Biddle, who is a tenacious litigator. He really fights the corner for his clients to ensure that their claims are maximised to their full potential. In particular he has a keen knowledge of how to litigate pain cases, which can be very difficult.’

‘Gary Boyd and Stuart Biddle are excellent. Great legal knowledge, factual analysis, and judgment.’

‘Gary Boyd is a great solicitor. very extensive experience in military claims and catastrophic injury. Very down to earth and approachable – a key issue in dealing with claims of this kind. ’

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.