Having joined Wilkes in 2019 from Coley & Tilley Solicitors, James Leo is a Partner and Head of our Employment Law team based in Birmingham City Centre.

James has substantial experience of handling a wide variety of employment law related matters for his clients. He also works closely with the firm’s Corporate team, advising business owners on the most cost-effective and practical routes forward for both themselves and their employees.

He regularly advises clients on matters such as TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment), Restrictive Covenants, defending whistleblowing as well as defending employers against accusations of disability and race discrimination.

Aside from having over 20 years’ experience as a specialist employment lawyer James is also comfortable advising clients on general litigation related matters regarding their businesses.

Throughout his career James has prided himself on offering clients real value for money, coupled with providing accessible, sound and trustworthy advice across the full spectrum of business sizes and sectors.

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Restrictive Covenants

Defending whistleblowing as well as defending employers against accusations of disability and race discrimination.


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

    - Client Feedback – The Legal 500 2021

  • 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

    - Client Feedback – The Legal 500 2021

  • James Leo has provided advice on nuanced issues that has resulted in great outcomes. His calm and assured manner has provided great comfort during some very stressful periods

    - 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 law@wilkes.co.uk 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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