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Return of the native

Martin Hoare, managing partner of Gorvins, talks to Jean-Yves Gilg about interweaving business areas, stealing a march on larger rivals, and how comparison shopping will accelerate the race to the bottom for legal services

6 September 2017

Manchester-born Martin Hoare was six when the family upped sticks to head south but “for some strange reason” he’s always regarded himself as a Mancunian, he says. So when an opportunity came up to move back to the North West, the commercial property specialist didn’t need to think too long about it.

After completing his LPC in Chester, Hoare trained with Eversheds in London. He returned to the firm’s Manchester office after a stint at Halliwells and Addleshaw Goddard. But in 2010, the desire to do his own thing led him to move sideways and join Stockport-based Gorvins. A traditional full-service firm, Gorvins was starting to develop its business client portfolio. Last December, Hoare was appointed managing partner of the 110-strong firm, succeeding head of residential property Lorraine Lockie.

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