Emma Stafford joined Wilkes in August 2020 having previously worked as a Solicitor at a firm in Leicestershire. Emma works predominantly from our Birmingham City Centre Offices within the Property Litigation Team.

Throughout her career Emma has worked with clients across a wide variety of areas focused around dispute resolution and general litigation, with a particular emphasis around resolving property related disputes.

Particular areas of interest for Emma are Lease Renewals, Breaches of Lease, Possessions, Leasehold and Freehold disputes regarding repair obligations, neighbour disputes, adverse possession and professional negligence.

Naomi Ramsay joined The Wilkes Partnership in July 2020 having recently completed her training contract at a local Birmingham law firm.

As a newly qualified solicitor, Naomi works within the Private Client team advising on a wide range of personal legal matters including, Wills & Tax Planning, Trusts & Trust Administration, Court of Protection matters and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Naomi will also be working towards her STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) qualifications, which are regarded as the industry gold standard for leading private client lawyers.

Having joined Wilkes in February 2020 Kate Campbell-Gunn is a specialist Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Solicitor with a wealth of experience in her area.

Kate works across the full spectrum of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence  and has a particular interest in claims relating to cancer misdiagnosis and cosmetic surgery litigation.

Kate is also the Treasurer of the Birmingham Medico Legal Society and has been a council member since 2013.

Philip Harrison joined Wilkes in September 2019 as a Consultant in the Private Client Team.  A solicitor of over thirty years’ experience and well-known in the West Midlands and beyond, he works out of both the City and Solihull offices.

Philip advises business owners and high net worth individuals on estate planning, involving the protection of family wealth as well as inheritance tax mitigation.  He helps his clients to devise a comprehensive estate planning strategy with the aim of taking maximum advantage of available tax reliefs, especially for business or agricultural assets.  He also manages the implementation of his clients’ estate planning strategies, which might involve direct gifts to children or grandchildren or the creation of family trusts or family investment companies.  The strategies invariably also involve making sophisticated and tax-efficient wills.  Estate planning has become much more complex in recent years due to tax changes and also due to the increased frequency of successive marriages and families.

In addition Philip advises on other forms of personal tax planning, especially for sales of unquoted businesses.  He believes that it is essential to take a holistic view of his clients’ affairs and has seen many examples of situations where, for example, emphasis on pre-sale capital gains tax planning has been at the cost of longer-term inheritance tax problems.

Increasingly Philip’s clients are internationally mobile.  He advises individuals who are planning to emigrate from, or move to, the UK.  He also advises “non-doms” (UK residents who originate from other countries) and non-residents who own assets here.

Many of Philip’s clients have been with him for numerous years.  He takes great pleasure in being a ‘trusted adviser’ and helping them and their families through the many different stages of their business and personal lives.

“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.

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In August 2019, Adrian rejoined Wilkes as an Associate Solicitor in our Birmingham Private Client Team.

Adrian, who has been qualified over 11 years, has particular expertise in undertaking tax and estate planning on behalf of clients. He has acted for business owners, shareholders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists during his time in practice.

Having practiced in rural Derbyshire for a period of time, Adrian also has significant experience of providing succession planning and tax advice to farmers and others working in the agricultural community.

As part of the work Adrian undertakes, he prepares wills of varying complexities which often incorporate trusts as well as settlements (lifetime trusts) designed to mitigate inheritance tax and protect/control the inheritance of assets for the next generation.

In terms of post death work, Adrian has administered estates involving businesses, farms, foreign property and settled land and has drawn up deeds of variation.

Adrian is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) which is regarded as the industry gold standard for leading private client lawyers.

‘The Wilkes Partnership has an extremely forward-thinking approach and is an approachable team. Adrian Schuck is technically very knowledgeable and he displays honesty and integrity in the way he approaches all aspects of his work‘

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Lynne is an Associate FCILEx within our Residential Conveyancing team based in our Solihull Office.

She has wide range of expertise and advises clients on all aspects of property work, both residential and commercial.

Lynne has extensive experience of working with high net worth individuals, companies, first time buyers and everything in between.


Jackie is a Family Law Solicitor, a member of Resolution and a member of The Law Society Family Law Panel.

She is an experienced solicitor and has dealt with a wide range of cases with varying degrees of complexity and issues. Jackie specialises in all aspects arising out of a relationship breakdown including Divorce, Financial Remedies ancillary to Divorce Proceedings, Child Arrangements, Injunctions and Cohabitation cases.

She believes the best way both emotionally and financially to resolve a family dispute is to take a constructive and non-confrontational approach whilst at the same time, act in her client’s best interest.

Having joined Wilkes in 2019 from Coley & Tilley, Chris is a Consultant in our Family Law Team.

Chris has specialised in Family Law for in excess of 20 years advising clients in particular on the financial consequences of the breakdown of their relationships and the future arrangements for their children’s care.

Chris also helps those contemplating cohabitation, civil partnership or marriage, advising in connection with cohabitation, pre and post nuptial agreements.

“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”.

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Having completed her training contract at Coley & Tilly Solicitors Rachael qualified in March 2019 and was offered a role within our Birmingham Private Client Team.

Rachael regular advises clients on wills, powers of attorney, estate administration and court of protection applications, as well as the day to day running of the affairs of vulnerable clients.

Rachael is also building her experience in trust administration and tax planning.