Having qualified in 1991, John has almost 30 years’ experience of the Business Recovery & Turnaround market. John specialises in advising and finding solutions for SME clients who are confronted with insolvency related problems, either because they themselves are in financial difficulties or because their clients/customers are in financial difficulties 

Throughout his career John has focused on advising insolvency officeholders and directors in relation to the pursuit and defence of substantial reviewable transactions and misfeasance claims.

John also regularly advises shareholders, lenders, financial organisations, creditors, buyers & other stakeholders, in connection with all aspects of personal & corporate insolvencies and restructuring.

Alongside he also regularly advises clients on both contentious (litigation claims) and non-contentious/transactional based matters (including property & business and asset disposals).

John’s experience of complex insolvency related problems allows him to offer solution-minded and tailored advice to businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors.

“John Cooper is a walking encyclopaedia of insolvency law”

Client Feedback – The Legal 500 2021

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Bankruptcies/IVA’s/CVA’s/Liquidations (voluntary & compulsory)/Administrations/Law of Property Act Receiverships (LPAR’s)/Partnerships/LLP’s

Settling litigation claims at mediations

Bringing & defending litigation claims, arising out of or from insolvencies

Buying & selling assets and businesses, arising out of or from insolvencies

Sale out of an administration of 22 retail outlets

Sale of a commercial property portfolio by LPAR’s

Pursuing directors for breach of duty, and obtaining a substantial settlement at a mediation

Member of Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)


  • I have known John now for a number of years and have dealt with him on numerous assignments.  I have always found John to have a refreshingly commercial approach.  He is extremely proactive and is always responsive, which are both important qualities in the work that he undertakes for me. He is not afraid to voice his opinion on difficult matters and I have introduced John to many of the contacts that introduce work to me, such is the faith that I have in him

    - Daren Mills – Poppleton & Appleby Licensed Insolvency Practitioners

  • It’s a good few years now, since I happened across John who was acting for the other side on a client matter. I was immediately impressed with John’s proactive approach, and I decided to instruct John on another matter. It was soon apparent that John stands out in his field and he’s been my first port of call for support and advice, ever since. John’s carried out countless assignments for me, over the subsequent years, and I can genuinely say, he has supported me unwaveringly throughout that time. The strongest testimony which I can offer, is to say that, I will continue to instruct and recommend John, absolutely and without any hesitation



    - Simon Gwinnutt  – Cirrus Professional Services Licensed Insolvency Practitioner

  • John Cooper is a walking encyclopaedia of insolvency law

    - 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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