Michael Smoult > Gorvins Solicitors > Stockport, England > Lawyer Profile

Gorvins Solicitors

Work Department

Private Client


Michael is a Partner and Head of the Private Client team at Gorvins Solicitors. He advises clients on will preparation and estate administrations as well as inheritance tax planning. He also works on a number of contentious probate and estate disputes building on his previous experience in the dispute resolution team. Mike gives practical, hands on, constructive and realistic advice to business owners in relation to their tax planning, making sure that his advice fits in with the reality of their business. Mike also handles a number of statutory will applications and acts as deputy and attorney for a wide range of clients.


Qualified in 2010. Trained at Mace and Jones, Liverpool and Manchester from 2007 – 2010. Solicitor at Gorvins from 2011 to date.

Promoted to partner in 2018.



Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


St Mary’s College, Crosby (1995 – 2000); King George V, Southport (2000 – 2002); Lancaster University LLB (Hons) (2002 – 2005); LPC at Chester College of Law (2006 – 2007)

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

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.

North West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

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.