Gareth has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, the vast majority of those spent at Wilkes. In 2018 Gareth was appointed joint Managing Partner and in May 2020 became Senior Partner.

Gareth is known by his clients as a problem solver and prides himself on his ability to help clients with a wide range of issues.

He has particular expertise in acting for owner managed businesses based in the UK and beyond with a particular focus on the automotive industry.

As well as UK transactions a significant number of Gareth and his Team’s transactions involve an international element due to the range of clients he acts for both in the UK and overseas.

Gareth and his Team are proud to offer clients access to a highly-skilled team of multi-lingual and internationally qualified lawyers which allows us to offer our full spectrum of services seamlessly, particularly when acting on cross-border transactions.

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

Client Feedback – The Legal 500 2021

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Company Sales and Purchases
Complex tax reorganisations
Retail motor trade.

MBO J S Wright & Co Limited
Acquisition of James A Lawrie Limited
Acquisiton of Four VW Dealerships


  • Gareth and the team at Wilkes provided us with efficient, professional advice, helping us to continue to expand

    - Mike Berwick, Johnsons Cars Limited.

  • 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 appreciate the relationship we have with Gareth and the rest of the team at Wilkes. Their understanding of our business, and the retail car business generally, makes what can often be a time consuming and challenging process more straight forward. Wilkes are very used to our approach and method of doing deals.

    - Mike Berwick, Operations Director at Johnsons Cars

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

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • Gareth O’Hara is very personable, and leads each assignment, giving his full attention on the matters in hand

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • Gareth O’Hara – a great understanding of business and business people, thinks like a business owner meaning he focuses on the key elements and how to get the deal done. Offers wise counsel during the deal, and is honest and realistic in managing the sale/purchase process

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

Business Continuity Update – COVID-19

February 2021


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 our 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. In line with Government guidance we will be limiting face-to-face contact as much as possible. We are able to facilitate all client appointments by either video or conference call to suit your needs.

If you have any queries please contact your usual legal advisor to discuss appointment options.

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 or contact you usual legal advisor.

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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