Gareth O'Hara > The Wilkes Partnership > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

The Wilkes Partnership
B3 2RT

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Senior Partner & Head of Corporate


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.



Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Praised for its ‘genuine focus on the SME market’, The Wilkes Partnership fields a highly experienced team whose capabilities span both corporate and commercial matters, advising clients from the worlds of manufacturing, telecoms, and industrials, among others. The team is led by Gareth O’Hara, a veteran corporate practitioner whose experience is concentrated in the automotive retail sector. Rick Smyth is a comparably experienced partner specialising in mid-market corporate finance deals, working with a host of clients on (frequently) cross-border matters. Kate Hackett is another seasoned partner who regularly works with privately owned businesses on acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganisations.