Legal 500 2021 – Wilkes Rank in Six Categories

The Legal 500 have released their much-anticipated rankings and we are delighted to share with you that The Wilkes Partnership have been ranked across six categories in the 2021 guide.

The Legal 500 are an organisation that pull together research and ranks law firms across the UK and worldwide by a specific area of law, allowing clients to quickly identify leading law firms by specialism.

The Wilkes Partnership are ranked by the Legal 500 within the following specialisms; 

Alongside the newly released rankings our client feedback was particularly pleasing. Below are some of the highlights by team from this years rankings.

Corporate & Commercial

The team at Wilkes played a vital part in the successful outcome of the sale of my business. Their expert guidance was crucial in overcoming the complications presented by the international nature of this transaction and they gave me the confidence to move ahead at every step to completion.’

Gareth O’Hara is an exceptional lawyer – highly commercial, practical advice. I would highly recommend him and his team.’

Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate 

Sophie Fenn has an excellent bedside manner and has an outstanding technical grasp of the law. She has an ability to understand her clients’ personal issues and objectives. Andrew Hasnip has a superb grasp of the technical aspects of estates, trusts and probate. His legal and tax knowledge and his ability to apply it for the benefit of a client compares favourably with any lawyer in Birmingham.’

Ann-Marie Aston is highly experienced and knowledgeable and extremely good with clients. Her practical and gentle manner is ideally suited to private client work but specifically working for those with disabilities. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Andrew Hasnip has a very good reputation in the private client field.’

Philip Harrison provides an excellent service – proactive, practical, timely and highly effective and I cannot speak too highly of him. He specialises in advice to high-net-worth individuals on general private client matters (including planning and trusts) and in such areas as tax and domicile.’


Aaron Keene is extremely knowledgeable, his friendly manner was a great help to me and significantly reduced my anxiety through a very difficult time.’

Sian Kenkre is a very calm, understated but incredibly talented and tactical lawyer. Chris Allen-Jones gives the impression of being laid back and relaxed but he at all times has every issue in the case under his belt and ready for argument. He is fearless in correspondence and negotiation and will always instil the greatest confidence in his clients that he is there for them.’

Chris Allen-Jones is a technically excellent lawyer and always fights his client’s corner. He has a very robust approach, which makes him a great litigator. He is incredibly well known and well connected in the marketplace.’

Contentious Trusts & Probate

Kevin Lynch is an experienced litigator with an excellent eye to the tactical advantage. His experience and sharp instincts make him an asset in any litigation. Jack Ackrill is an extremely clever and dedicated up-and-coming solicitor. He has an excellent eye for detail and approaches each case with dedication and diligence.’

Insolvency & Corporate Recovery

David Cleary is the one that you want on your side when you have a difficult case. His breadth of knowledge and wisdom provide solutions and results. He tells it like it is in a user-friendly manner and is realistic over costs. John Cooper is the one that you want with you in court to get the right order. Andrew is the one you want behind the scenes laying the groundwork. They mix and match with each other and the rest of the team to get the right result consistently, time and time again on time. Always cost-effective and effective

John Cooper is a walking encyclopaedia of insolvency law.’


The approachability and knowledge of the staff at The Wilkes Partnership is simply unrivalled.’

 The practice has an approachable and friendly feel. James Leo personifies the above statement and is a calm and highly competent lawyer’.

The Wilkes Partnership provides a very friendly and personal service, respecting the needs of small businesses. James Leo has gone beyond the call of duty in helping our business.’

For help and advice with regards to any of our services please contact [email protected] or any of lawyers listed below.

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