Our team of corporate lawyers are one of the most established and well respected transaction teams outside of London.

Over the last 30 years we have developed an enviable reputation for providing a first class, proactive service in relation to all corporate affairs.

We are proud to serve our valued and often long established client base of local, national and international businesses (both large and small) on the full spectrum of corporate affairs.

The team typically advises on over fifty substantial M&A transactions per year in the corporate mid-market (up to £50 million deal size). We advise in accordance with best market practice on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, MBOs/MBIs, asset finance, development and start-up capital. All out transactions are partner led.

In addition, we have an extensive track record in delivering the latest thinking on corporate tax/financial restructuring and reorganisations – such as capital reduction de-mergers, family investment companies, LLPs and joint venture companies, allowing our clients to achieve optimal positioning for both their tax and risk management.

We provide our clients with access to the real expertise and experience that you need to get to a fast, clear, cost-effective and commercial solution to achieve your objectives.  We pride ourselves on building long relationships and becoming trusted advisors to our corporate clients.

In the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 The Wilkes Corporate Team were described as being “strong in mid-market deals involving M&A,  disposals and management buyouts. Managing partner Gareth O’Hara  leads the Midlands’ firm’s team and has a particular focus on the automotive sector.”

We can help you

  • Corporate Disposals & Exits
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Effect a Management Buy-Out
  • Obtain venture/development capital
  • Buy back shares
  • Effect a corporate restructuring
  • Effect a cross-border corporate transaction
  • Family Investment companies
  • Set up a joint venture
  • Prepare a Shareholders Agreement
  • Start a new business
  • Set up an LLP
  • With advice on your directors’ duties
  • With advice on your Articles of Association
  • With advice on shareholders’ meetings
  • With advice about company law


Gareth O’Hara
Gareth O’Hara

Senior Partner, Corporate

Jeremy Parkin
Jeremy Parkin

Partner, Corporate

Kate Hackett
Kate Hackett

Partner, Corporate

Rick Smyth
Rick Smyth

Partner, Corporate

Mike Linford
Mike Linford

Senior Associate, Corporate

Lucy Freeman, The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors, Birmingham, Corporate
Lucy Freeman

Associate Solicitor, Corporate

Helen Smart, The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors, Birmingham, Corporate
Helen Smart

Solicitor, Corporate

Elisabeth Conner
Elisabeth Conner

Registered European Lawyer & German Rechtsanwältin

Owen Shave, Corporate Solicitor, The WIlkes Partnership, Birmingham
Owen Shave

Solicitor, Corporate

Charlotte Lines

Solicitor, Corporate

What our clients say

  • We loved the fact that knowledge of ‘our’ deal was disseminated throughout the Wilkes team which made contacting them with any issue that arose very easy. It was due totally to the experience, expertise and efficiency of Wilkes that the sale was completed on time, budget and for the original agreed purchase price.

    - Henry Watts, 7 Day Catering / Servest Multi Service Group

  • We greatly appreciated Rick and the team’s pragmatic and proactive approach – helping us navigate both the process and overcome some tricky technical issues. We look forward to working with them again on our future corporate acquisitions and view them as very much part of our team.

    - David Walley – CEO Mobile Promotions

Business Continuity Update – COVID-19

September 2020

To our valued clients and partners,

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve we wanted to take the time to reassure you of the actions we are taking to protect our clients, colleagues and the wider communities, whilst working to maintain our services to you at this time.


Our commitment to you

We are open for business and will continue to provide you with the best service we can in the safest way possible, but in-line with government advice our offices are now closed for face-to-face meetings and all staff are now working from home until further notice.

If you have an appointment scheduled your legal advisor will be in touch shortly to discuss your options, if they haven’t done so already.


Our staff are set up and ready to respond to you as usual. We are working hard to mitigate any disruptions, and will continue to provide you with the legal service and advice you need, delivered with the high-level of service you have come to expect from Wilkes.


If you do experience a slight delay in hearing back from us, please bear with us. We will be in touch.


If you have a general enquiry please call us on 0121 233 4333 or email us at law@wilkes.co.uk, or contact your normal point of contact.


Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We look forward to returning to normal, with a handshake, as soon as possible.


The Wilkes  Partnership Solicitors


Birmingham – 0121 233 4333  Solihull – 0121 733 8000

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