Gorvins Solicitors > Stockport, England > Firm Profile

Gorvins Solicitors
DALE HOUSE
TIVIOT DALE
STOCKPORT
SK1 1TA
England

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

The team at Gorvins Solicitors brings significant transactional expertise to national and regional clients ranging from public and private companies to owner-managed businesses and corporate funders. The firm has developed a reputation for excellence in several core sectors, namely media and publishing, market research, construction, and healthcare. Andrew Curwen heads up the practice; his highly regarded team includes Christian Mancier – who is noted for his work with family businesses – and consultant Paul Lupton – who focuses on advising SMEs. Senior associate Gemma Lingard is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen; Christian Mancier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Prompt to reply and offer attention to detail. Very thorough in all aspects.’

‘Gemma Lingard – very efficient and friendly manner, most understanding and capable of grasping the situation of the clients. We felt confident and happy with the advice she provided.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of CPL Technology Group, which includes Mondiale Hospitality Holdings and 4 others, on the sale of their shares to the Access Group.
  • Advising Polytech International on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Polytech Liquid Polymers – trading as MRI Polytech – to Plixxent group, a German-based PU products manufacturer.
  • Advising the founder shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Aeroco Holdings to an MBO team, funded by Frontier Development Capital.

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

Gorvins Solicitors is known particularly for its company commercial and partnership litigation expertise, with the firm receiving regular instruction from both corporations and shareholders. The team is also noted for its strong insolvency disputes offering; practice head Mark Deverell is highly regarded in this area, as is the rest of the group, particularly David Guest. Guy Lightowler – whose expertise extends to international mandates, and whose client base consequently includes both major local and multinational names – completes the roster of core practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell; Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mark Deverell has very strong client management skills, as well as good legal skills and a commercial approach at all times.’

Key clients

Williams Motor Company (Holdings) Limited

The Property Alliance Group (PAG) and subsidiaries

Avonside Group Services Limited (Avonside)

William Stobart Transportation/William Stobart

Work highlights

  • Handling various disputes on behalf of Williams Motor Company, including those relating to trespass, breach of contract, warranty claims, covenant and easement enforcement.

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

Gorvins Solicitors' broad commercial property practice covers estate management, secure lending, development agreements, as well as both commercial and corporate property acquisitions and disposals. Additionally, the team is experienced in advising bridging finance and lending clients. the team is co-led from Stockport by Martin Hoare, who specialises in both commercial and residential development and investment, and Claire Beaumont, who regularly advises lending institutions and works on high value investment and development transactions

Practice head(s):

Martin Hoare; Claire Beaumont

Other key lawyers:

Colin Mellor

Key clients

Select Group

Bloc/H2O Urban

Williams Motor Co

Investar

Universal Container Services (Holdings) Limited

Fabrica Holdings Limited

Urban Splash UK Residential Fund

PH Property Holdings Limited

Inner City Music Limited

HB Villages

Avonside Group NO

Work highlights

  • Advised on the disposal of commercial element of previously acquired property on Baker St London by way of a long lease, valued at £4.95m.
  • Advised on the funding of the £4million+ acquisition for office to residential conversion by Investar.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Gorvins Solicitors often acts for insolvency practitioners to collect debts on behalf of liquidators and administrators and recovery of monies due under guarantees. Mark Deverell heads the team, handling debts relating to the provision of bulk chemical supplies. David Guest is a name to note, specialising in both corporate and personal insolvency. Senior associate Danielle Clements offers expertise in contentious probate matters, whilst associate Sunita Patel has experience dealing with multi-track claims and debt collection out of jurisdiction.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

    Employment > Employment: employee/union firms Tier 2

    Gorvins Solicitors provides full service employment advice and representation to employees and senior executives, with expertise ranging from redundancy and maternity and pregnancy discrimination to negotiating settlement agreements. In recent years it has seen a noticeable increase in multiple departure exercises. New practice head David Rogers joined from Tetrosyl Limited in February 2022, bringing his extensive experience in representing clients at Employment Tribunal and on employment-related aspects of corporate M&A transactions to the table. David Walton and Danielle Ayres departed in February 2022 and November 2021, while associate solicitor Matthew Davis joined from Forbes Solicitors in January 2022, adding further settlement agreement strength to the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    David Rogers

    Other key lawyers:

    Work highlights

      Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

      Gorvins Solicitors is particularly strong advising on Inheritance Act claims, disputed estates, and challenging and contesting wills. It has niche experience dealing with fraudulent wills and invalid wills involving mental capacity. Michael Smoult was promoted to practice head in June 2021 and specialises in contentious estates, Inheritance Act 1975 claims, and disputed wills. Other key contacts include Julie Burgess, who made partner in December 2021,  and senior associate Danielle Clements, who focuses on court litigation, often involving contentious probate and challenges to the validity of wills. Christine Thornley departed in September 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Michael Smoult

      Other key lawyers:

      Julie Burgess; Dianelle Clements

      Testimonials

      ‘Gorvins has a good caseload of respectable work in this area.’

      ‘Danielle Clements is an experienced litigator in this field, and shows determination to achieve clients’ goals in a cost-effective way.’

      ‘A helpful, professional team.’

      ‘Friendly staff that puts you at ease.’

      Work highlights

        Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

        Gorvins Solicitors advises on a wide range of family succession matters, including family business wills, Court of Protection work, contentious probate, and inheritance tax planning. Michael Smoult was promoted to department head in August 2021 and focuses on inheritance tax planning and will preparation. Julie Burgess was promoted to partner in December 2021 and advises on lasting powers of attorney and inheritance tax planning, as well as complex estate administration. Associate solicitor Almas Patankar is a specialist in Court of Protection matters and inheritance tax planning. Tasoula Addison  departed in July 2021, while Christine Thornley  departed in August 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Michael Smoult

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘I work solely with Julie Burgess who I’ve known for many years and is fantastic with clients and offers a great service.’

        Work highlights

          Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

          Gorvins Solicitors specialises in military, serious sports and spinal cord injuries from its Stockport base.  The practice also handles cases involving traumatic brain injuries and chronic pain. Stuart Biddle leads the personal injury team, focusing on brain and back injuries as well as pain disorders. Gary Boyd is head of the military and serious sports injuries claims team, recognised for his expertise in this niche as well as other life changing injury claims, particularly spinal cord and brain injuries and amputations.

          Practice head(s):

          Stuart Biddle; Gary Boyd

          Testimonials

          ‘Gary Boyd is is known and well respected for his deep knowledge and understanding of military cases (in particular the complex area of financial loss of military pensions and opportunities if/when personnel are medically discharged from service as a result of an injury).’

          ‘Gary Boyd is a national level military specialist. He has expertise beyond almost any of the other firms professing to practice in military work.’

          ‘Gary Boyd  has more experience than any other military claims solicitor, he’s not afraid to fight difficult claims (including to the Court of Appeal), he knows military claims inside out with a really detailed knowledge of military protocols and practises, and he’s fabulous with clients.’

          ‘Very well led by Gary Boyd who has great expertise in military-related claims and in spinal cord injury. Great insight and terrific with clients.’

          ‘Gary Boyd is the best man for the job with the wealth of his experience and sound knowledge. He carried me along all the processes till the end.’

          ‘Gard Boyd is a very calm thoughtful presence in a case and drives complex litigation forward. His strengths include working with very vulnerable military veterans as well as dealing with complex medical issues.’

          ‘My main contact was with Stuart Biddle, I found him to be compassionate, understanding, supportive and professional.

          ‘Stuart Biddle is am absolute star. He has an ability to boost the prospects of success on a claim with his “outside of the box thinking”.’

          Key clients

          Sharon Whitehurst

          Mr Peter Robinson

          Mr Michael Waterman

          Ms Alison Turner

          Richard Hall

          John Kearns

          Ebrahima Tamba

          Edward Prempeh

          James King

          Nathaniel Kwofie

          Jennie Summers

          Bamba Jahateh

          Justice Quainoo

          Ryan Boyle

          Kennedy Waombo

          Lovisa Carlsson

          Michael Tierney

          Work highlights

          • Secured full admission and an award of £380,000.00 in a claim against the MOD on behalf a soldier who was subjected to prolonged extreme cold exposure, causing him to sustain bilateral non-freezing cold injuries in his hands and feet, leading to permanent debilitating symptoms and medical discharge, causing psychological sequelae.  
          • Secured full admission and an award of £297,500.00 in a claim against the MOD on behalf a soldier.
          • Secured a settlement in case where client fell from patently unsafe ‘steps’ facilitating access to a mezzanine sleeping area in an apartment rented from a long-term tenant, resulting in many serious injuries.

          Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

          Gorvins Solicitors defends complex professional negligence and liability claims against legal professionals, surveyors, valuers, architects, accountants and insurance brokers. Co-heads Mark Deverell and Guy Lightowler are regularly instructed in professional negligence matters primarily concerning legal advisors and surveyors. David Guest completes the management team.

          Practice head(s):

          Mark Deverell; David Guest; Guy Lightowler

          Testimonials

          ‘Gorvins is a large firm of solicitors, so benefits from being able to provide the reassurances that come with instructing a large firm, but at the same time the accessibility, transparency and regular communication helps make the process less daunting for private clients.’

          ‘The service we have received from Guy Lightowler has been ideal for our needs.’

          Work highlights

            Private client > Family Tier 4

            The boutique family law team at Gorvins Solicitors provides specialist matrimonial and family law work to medium-to-high-net-worth individuals, with related work for public sector clients such as police federations in the UK. Additional work includes financial remedy proceedings, non-molestation orders, and allegations of abuse. Practice head Nicola Fraser is noted for her expertise in complex divorce settlements and children disputes.

            Practice head(s):

            Nicola Fraser

            Testimonials

            ‘From my first meeting with Nicola Fraser, she was very understanding of my situation and made me feel comfortable and at ease. Her professionalism stood out, and she always had my back and fought my corner in some tricky situations.’

            ‘Nicola Fraser handled my divorce from initial conversation through the financial settlement and court applications. She was professional, supportive, always responsive and provided great advice. It made what could have been a difficult and adversarial process as stress-free as possible.’

            ‘I was extremely impressed with Nicola Fraser. She understood exactly what I needed. Very professional, but also very approachable. I would highly recommend her to anyone.’

            ‘The practice dealt with my case with the utmost professionalism. They were helpful and efficient and had a wealth of knowledge within the context of my case. I have worked with other practices and Gorvins provided a superior level of client service and attention to detail, getting my case moving and closed even through the tough years of COVID-19.’

            ‘I worked with Nicola Fraser – she was supportive, knowledgeable and efficient in dealing with my case from the initial phone conversation to the final completion day. Nicola is a credit to the practice.’

            ‘They offer a friendly and supportive service and most importantly are very efficient and effective at dealing with my issues. They have dealt with my problems as quickly as is possible and when I haven’t understood something they provide clear guidance to make sure I understand.’

            Work highlights

              Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

              Specialising in both commercial and residential disputes, the team at Gorvins Solicitors advises landlords, property owners, and commercial tenants. The practice is led by Guy Lightowler who regularly handles complex High Court-level cases and advises both landlord and tenants on a range of matters. Senior associate Danielle Clements is also recommended.

              Practice head(s):

              Guy Lightowler

              Other key lawyers:

              Danielle Clements

              Testimonials

              ‘They know what they’re doing in the legal landlord and tenant litigation. I have dealt with them a few times and have been happy with results.’

              ‘Guy Lightowler always returns my calls or contacted me in good time to put me in the picture of my case .’

              ‘Communication with the Gorvins team was easy from the start. I initially called in to the offices without an appointment and discussed my needs with the receptionist. I then had access to a solicitor to deal with my commercial lease and when it seemed that I needed a litigation solicitor I was recommended to another member of the team. The whole process was efficiently and quickly dealt with.’

              ‘Guy Lightowler was the litigation lawyer who dealt with our case. He listened to our needs, gave advice on different pathways we could take, and eventually succeeded in extending our lease enough to prevent us having to shut down the business. He regularly phoned us and talked through all the processes.’

              Key clients

              A & J Property Limited

              District Surveyors Association Limited t/a LABC

              Ian Edgar (Liverpool) Limited

              Williams Group

              Work highlights

                Employment Tier 5

                Gorvins Solicitors frequently advises on redundancy; bulk settlement agreements; disciplinary and grievance matters; and cancer, pregnancy, and disability discrimination cases. Newly-appointed practice head David Rogers joined from Tetrosyl Limited in February 2022. He covers reorganisations, collective redundancies, and Employment Tribunal claims. Danielle Ayres departed in November 2021, followed by David Walton  in February 2022.

                Practice head(s):

                David Rogers

                Key clients

                Richer Sounds Limited

                John Munroe Group Limited

                GPC Computer Software Limited (t/a Autocab)

                Avonside Roofing Limited

                Tetrosyl Limited

                James Briggs Limited

                Work highlights

                  Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

                  Gorvins Solicitors is able to provide a blend of individual insolvency work, primarily representing directors in fraud cases, and corporate clients in wind-up proceedings. Mark Deverell, David Guest and Paul Lupton lead the Stockport-based team, respectively advising on litigation, personal insolvency and corporate insolvency matters.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Mark Deverell; David Guest; Paul Lupton

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised private clients in unfair prejudice proceedings resulting in the purchase of shares for £10.6m.
                  • Advised Revive Recovery as Trustee in bankruptcy involving the bankrupt’s alleged forgery of title documents.
                  • Advised Revive Recovery as Liquidator of a Company with significant claims against director in the directors matrimonial proceedings.

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

                  Gorvins Solicitors advises clients across intellectual property matters including copyright, design rights and trade marks. The team also handles intellectual property licenses either on a stand-alone basis or as part of a wider commercial or corporate arrangement. Andrew Curwen, head of the corporate/M&A department, leads the team and focuses on non-contentious IP work. Co-head Guy Lightowler acts for clients on IP disputes, while Christian Mancier deals with IP issues that arise during corporate transactions.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Andrew Curwen; Guy Lightowler

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Christian Mancier

                  Key clients

                  District Surveyors Association Limited t/a LABC

                  Mondiale Publishing Limited

                  Sleeper Media Limited

                  Darc Media Limited

                  CGA Strategy Limited

                  Richer Sounds plc

                  GPC Computer Software Limited

                  EF Group Ltd

                  Key Computer Applications Limited

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised EF Group on its purchase of the entire issued share capital of Air Publishing Limited and Vivo Markets Ltd to acquire their software IPs and technical expertise, in particular the “freshmarkets” online purchasing platform developed by those two companies.

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

                  Based in the North West, Gorvins has 18 partners and over 80 staff across its Stockport offices. They act for a diverse portfolio of clients, including blue-chip organisations, SMEs, entrepreneurs, the public sector, regulatory bodies and private individuals from all walks of life.

                  As a leading business in Greater Manchester, Gorvins offer both everyday legal advice and specialised services for complex areas of law.

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

                  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.

                  DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
                  Commercial Property 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, Managing Partner Mark Deverell
                  Property litigation Guy Lightowler
                  Litigation Danielle Clements
                  Corporate Recovery and Insolvency David Guest
                  Personal injury Stuart Biddle
                  Military Personal Injury Gary Boyd
                  Private Client Michael Smoult
                  Private Client Nicola Fraser
                  Employment David Rogers
                  PhotoNamePositionProfile
                  Claire Beaumont photo Claire BeaumontClaire is a Partner and Co-Head of the Gorvins’ Commercial Property team…
                  Stuart Biddle photo Stuart BiddleStuart has been working in personal injury since 1996 and has extensive…
                  Gary Boyd photo Gary BoydGary is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He…
                  Julie Burgess photo Julie BurgessJulie qualified in 2004 and joined Gorvins in 2018 as a Senior…
                  Danielle Clements photo Danielle ClementsDanielle is a Partner in Gorvins’ Commercial Litigation department. Danielle has a…
                  Andrew Curwen photo Andrew CurwenAndrew is Head of the Corporate – Commercial practice at Gorvins Solicitors.…
                  Mark Deverell photo Mark DeverellMark is the Firm’s Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution and…
                  Nicola Fraser photo Nicola FraserNicola is a Partner and the Head of Family Law team at…
                  David Guest photo David GuestDavid is a Partner and Head of the Gorvins’ Insolvency and Corporate…
                  Martin Hoare photo Martin HoareMartin is a Partner and Co-Head of the Real Estate team. Martin…
                  Guy Lightowler photo Guy LightowlerGuy is the Head of Property Litigation at Gorvins Solicitors. He works…
                  Gemma Lingard photo Gemma LingardGemma is a Senior Associate in the Corporate – Commercial department. She…
                  Paul Lupton photo Paul LuptonPaul is a Consultant in the Corporate – Commercial team at Gorvins…
                  Christian Mancier photo Christian MancierChristian is a Partner in the Corporate – Commercial department. He specialises…
                  Colin Mellor photo Colin MellorColin is a Consultant Solicitor in the Gorvins Commercial Property team. He…
                  Sunita Patel photo Sunita PatelSunita has worked in the debt recovery arm of Gorvins dispute resolution…
                  David Rogers photo David RogersHead of Gorvins’ employment team, David has widespread experience in all aspects…
                  Michael Smoult photo Michael SmoultMichael is a Partner and Head of the Private Client team at…
                  Number of UK partners : 16
                  Number of other UK fee-earners : 24
                  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.