Mike Trainer Partner

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1994 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office:  London

Mike Trainer

Mike Trainer helps clients to manage risk in relation to strategic developments and investment projects, and uses the law to find solutions and resolve issues on major real estate projects.

Real estate development can be complex and involved, but Mike uses his expertise to make complicated issues easy, and uses the law constructively to find solutions and not problems. In doing so, he seeks to help clients work with their partners (whether tenants, investors, funders or contractors) to find mutually beneficial commercial solutions.

His efforts are focused on using the law to reflect and protect his clients' positions and not to hinder their aspirations.

Mike aspires to be seen as a trusted adviser who helps make things happen quickly and efficiently.

Mike has particular expertise in the logistics and office markets whilst also leading on retail and energy related developments. Mike is Head of Logistics at Gowling WLG.

Outside of work he can be found cheering his kids on from pitch-side and playing with bikes (with or without engines).


Property companies and developers, investors and corporates (particularly in the automotive and tech sectors).


  • Helping property companies and developers on various projects across the length and breadth of the UK across all sectors, working in particular with industrial/logistics and office specialists on land assembly, pre-letting, leasing and investment disposal including rail connected schemes.
  • Working with international corporates on strategic real estate developments throughout the UK.
  • Working with investors in acquiring UK investment opportunities across all sectors.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2020

  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Real estate: West Midlands - Band 3
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers UK 2019 (Real Estate: Midlands) - Band 3
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2007

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 2001

    • Career
      Hammonds, partner
  • 1994

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales