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Mark Deverell

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Gorvins Solicitors

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Commercial Litigation


Mark is the Firm's Senior Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation. He has been named as one of the Legal 500's elite lawyers for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Mark specialises in commercial and insolvency related litigation, acing on behalf of both businesses and its principal shareholders and Directors. Mark also acts for a number of insolvency practitioners, providing both pre and post-incolvency advice. With an exceptionally strong client base and excellent knowledge in all aspects of commercial litigation he is recognised for his practical approach.


Joined and trained at Smith Fort and Symonds in 1992 before qualifying in 1994. Smith Forts merged with Gorvin Kenyon in 1998 before becoming Gorvins Solicitors in 2002.


Poynton County High School, 1981 - 1988; University of Northumbria 1988 - 1991; LPC at University of Northumbria 1992.

North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Deverell - Gorvins Solicitors

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

Singled out for its ‘fantastic client-care’, Gorvins Solicitors handles high-value commercial disputes for companies, shareholders and partners; corporate and personal insolvency issues; professional negligence claims; and commercial property disputes. Avonside Group, Bibby Leasing, Thorne Credit Union, Crystal Finance (Europe), Oldham Credit Union and E-Foods are all clients. Key figures include Mark Deverell, who specialises in commercial and insolvency-related litigation; the ‘brilliantGuy Lightowler, who is noted for contentious property and corporate disputes; David Guest , who handles contentious corporate and personal insolvency;senior associate Danielle Clements, who leads on contentious probate instructions and property disputes; and consultant Jonathan Crook, who handles regulatory and financial disputes.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Gorvins Solicitors is commended by clients for its ‘brilliant service’. The team handles debt and asset recovery for finance houses, in addition to claims on behalf of liquidators and administrators, and the collection of rent arrears and service charges. Oldham Credit Union, Thorne Credit Union, Bibby Leasing and Bibby Asset Finance are clients. Dispute resolution team head Mark Deverell acts for insolvency practitioners in relation to debt collection on behalf of liquidators and administrators, and on the recovery of monies due under guarantees. Also recommended are senior associate Danielle Clements and associate solicitor Sunita Patel, whose ‘advice is well thought out’. Michael Morris recently retired.

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Gorvins Solicitors’ ‘brilliant team’ is active across corporate and personal insolvency mandates and advises insolvency practitioners, businesses and individuals on contentious and non-contentious matters. Acting for directors on personal liability and disqualification proceedings is also a key focus of the team. Begbies Traynor, Auker Rhodes, FRP Advisory, Currie Young and RSM are clients. Insolvency and corporate recovery team head David Guest specialises in corporate and personal insolvency. Other key figures include dispute resolution head Mark Deverell, who specialises in winding-up proceedings, and consultant Paul Lupton, who handles corporate restructuring and insolvency matters.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Gorvins Solicitors  regularly handles a range of complex professional negligence and liability matters for clients against solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers, architects, accountants and insurance brokers. Mark Deverell is the practice head.

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North West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Gorvins Solicitors' private client practice routinely works with its litigation, corporate and commercial teams to help clients and is well placed to handle the full range of complex and high value matters. The group regularly advises on issues surrounding fraudulent wills, invalid wills where there are issues of mental capacity at the time of the writing of the will and on problems with executors and trustees. It also handles complex cases where a client leaves an estate but certain assets may have been transferred to other people before the deceased passed away. Mark Deverell and Christine Thornley  are key partners in the practice. Senior associate Michael Smoult  often advises on contentious estates, disputed wills and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 claims.

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