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Wilkes Partnership expansion continues


The Wilkes Partnership of solicitors has announced four promotions among its legal staff, across its offices at Birmingham and Solihull.


The Midlands law firm is congratulating Senior Associate Mike Linford (Corporate) Associate Lucy Freeman (Corporate), Associate Katie Briggs (Property Litigation) and Senior Legal Executive Verity Shepherd (Private Client).


Managing Partner at Wilkes, Ellie Holland, said:


“It’s been a fantastic 18/19 for Wilkes, which has seen the firm expand and take on 35 new members of staff, through organic growth and our merger with Coley & Tilley.


“We are delighted to be able to recognise the great work and contribution to the firm that Mike, Lucy, Katie and Verity have made.”


Wilkes says it is continuing to hire new staff to its legal team, as part of the firm’s expansion plans.


In April, the law firm enjoyed further staff success when first-year trainee at Wilkes, Matthew Hartas, was named as chair of the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors Society (BTSS), following voting of the membership in March.


BTSS is the 174-year-old offshoot of the Birmingham Law Society.


The organisation comprises more than 300 trainee solicitors, paralegals, newly qualified solicitors and post-graduate law students across Birmingham and the West Midlands.


Matthew joined Wilkes in September 2018 and is currently working in the firm’s Corporate Team, after spending the previous six months with the Real Estate Team.


“I’m really looking forward to getting started as chair,” said Matthew.


“Since starting at Wilkes, I have always been encouraged to get involved in BTSS activities and I could immediately see why – it is such an active organisation and it not only helps build relationships within the next generation of lawyers in Birmingham, it also raises money for good causes.


“The senior teams at Wilkes have always been supportive about the work with BTSS – and have helped me through my career development so far.


“Having learned a lot in my time at Wilkes so far, I’m looking forward to continuing to progress. I feel that this new role will help me continue to grow both professionally and personally.”



Partner at Wilkes, Kate Hackett, added:


“We’re really pleased for Matt– we think it’s so important to get involved in the social side of the legal community right from the start and being part of the BTSS is a brilliant way to do that.


“Aside from the BTSS, Matt has also been working hard since he joined our trainee programme, and we’re looking forward to helping him progress his legal career. We’re sure he has a bright future ahead of him in the legal profession.”


Wilkes says that the closing date for applying for training contracts beginning in 2021 will close on 31 July 2019. More information is available on the Wilkes Partnership website.




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