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Leading Stockport law firm, Gorvins Solicitors has performed strongly in the first half of the financial year to 31st May 2014 and has bolstered its 100 strong team with 12 new appointments across a range of departments to meet the growing demand for its services.

The firm’s fee income rose 12% to just under £3.3million, of which the strongest rise was in property related disciplines, reflecting the recovery in the housing market and our growing reputation in Commercial Real Estate as a Legal 500* Tier 1 firm.

Litigation, another Legal 500 Tier 1 practice area, also grew strongly, owing to increased confidence amongst claimants that they shall convert judgements into cash.  The firm’s Private Client and M&A teams also performed especially well.

Managing Partner, Lorraine Lockie said “Our performance in the first six months of the year is a testament to the success of our clients and the hard work of the team. We have started the second half well and expect the full year to improve on our achievement of 7% growth in fee income in each of the last two years.   It was also pleasing to see the Firm surpass challenging cash flow targets, as we continue to focus on Financial Management.”

The successful six months for the firm have resulted in no less than twelve new appointments. The Residential Property & Conveyancing department has welcomed the largest number of new arrivals including the team’s key hire, Adrian Taylor, from Cheshire who has joined as Head of Department.  Adrian has over 20 years of experience, working across a range of roles which have included overseas property lawyer, property partner and department head, as well as working in-house for various companies including Hospitality Marketing Concepts Ltd. in California.

Sarah Edwards from Manchester has joined as Senior Associate from Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors with more than six years experience.in Residential Property.

The firm’s Personal Injury department has welcomed the arrival of Associate Solicitor, Paul Regan from Manchester, who previously worked for Tranter Freeclaim in Wythenshawe. Paul has more than 11 years’ experience in the personal injury field.

Further hires include an assistant Solicitor, five new conveyancing assistants, a new legal secretary and two new business and marketing executives in the marketing department.

Commenting on the recruitment drive Lorraine said: “The growth of the firm is down to the professionalism and proactive nature of our team and we wanted to ensure that as our client base grows we are still able to deliver the same high levels of service we’re known for.”

*The Legal 500 is the industry leading publication for the top 500 law firms across all legal disciplines in the UK.