Sharon Ayres > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
B4 6WR
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Work Department



Sharon is a partner in the corporate team. She specialises in the formation, promotion and management of funds and alternative investment structures, with a particular interest in real estate funds and structures. She advises investment and fund managers/advisers on various funds structures such as investment companies, partnerships (including limited partnerships and LLPs), offshore unit trusts, and combinations of any of them. She also advises a large number of pension fund trustees on the terms of their investments into a variety of pooled funds.


Trained Booth & Co; qualified 1990; assistant solicitor 1992-96; senior legal advisor GKN plc 1996-2000; associate Wragge & Co LLP 2000; partner 2008; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Leeds University (LLB Hons 2(1)); Chester College of Law (Law Society Finals).


Anything that involves the family – cycling, skiing, gardening, swimming, hide and seek/tag!

Lawyer Rankings

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

Fielding one of the largest corporate and commercial practices in the region, Gowling WLG consistently handles big-ticket international transactions for a formidable line-up of public and private sector entities. Corporate chair Chris Towle spearheads the firm’s US sales and UK indirect real estate practices, handling cross-border REIT transactions and restructuring for some of the market’s biggest investment managers. Stuart Young heads up both the corporate finance and automotive sector groups, while automotive manufacturing lead Ragi Singh works with a number of electric vehicle companies on a steady flow of acquisitions. Sharon Ayres is highly experienced in investment structures and joint venture agreements, while Amar Adatia heads up the solvent structuring and group reorganisation desk. On the commercial side, David Lowe is reputed for his ‘knowledgeable, practical and solution-driven’ approach to logistics agreements and procurement strategies, most notably in the food and retail arenas. The ‘outstanding’ Sarah Riding is well-versed in all manner of contract arrangements, regularly assisting clients from the worlds of manufacturing, automotive, energy and sport. Principal associate Caroline McNally is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.