Paul has been a qualified solicitor for 18 years and has spent the entirety of that time in the Commercial and Dispute Resolution department. Paul advises businesses in ownership disputes, contract disputes with suppliers and customers, employment disputes and preparing commercial contracts.
Paul is also a specialist in Landlord and Tenant/Social Housing law and acts for Housing Associations, Private Landlords and Tenants. He deals with drafting tenancy agreements, possession actions, disrepair problems, issues involving anti-social behaviour and succession issues. Paul also deals with all types of property disputes including ownership disputes, boundary disputes, issues regarding rights of way and party walls. He has recently acted for a couple in a boundary dispute case which received coverage in the national press.
Paul’s aim is to achieve the best result for the client for the least expense. If this outcome cannot be achieved through negotiation then Paul is able to fully prepare and assist clients in contested Court hearings.
His recent cases include acting for a local business involved in a £14 million fraud and successfully negotiating a settlement, advising two company directors in a dispute with their co-directors upon the failing of a business and acting for a national transport manufacturer in a dispute with a customer.
- Property Disputes
- Business Disputes
- Contract Disputes
- Landlord and Tenant
- Housing Management
- Employment Law
- General Litigation
What clients say“Paul is a first class professional with excellent communication skills which he brings to bear to explain complex legal terms to enable quality business decisions. He has a strong business acumen and is genuinely interested in helping clients find solutions.” “A local specialist in landlord and tenant law who has proved very useful for both landlords and tenants of mine who need advice in this respect.” “Paul is great to deal with because he quickly grasps the legal issues involved and gathers together all the relevant evidence. He then presents the case to the judge in a comprehensive straightforward and organised way. But what I really like about working with Paul is that he’s approachable, sensible and fun.” “I would just like to say a massive thank you for your help with the case. Now we have the Injunction in place, the residents are empowered and it seems that things have improved.” “I appreciate the hard work you had to put in for this case. I know you went above and beyond and I am grateful.” "Paul Reader is an excellent litigation solicitor who we felt gave us the confidence to win our case."
Paul is a keen guitarist and skier. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to live music events and also plays basketball.
Our commercially aware, up to date and specialist dispute team are very experienced in commercial disputes. We work hard to achieve the best result for our clients whether this is through negotiation and mediation or by having to enforce your rights through the courts. We pride ourselves in working alongside clients to help them achieve the results they seek.
Contact us to discuss any Commercial dispute matters affecting your business.
We can help resolve disputes over the supply of goods and services, claims of misrepresentation and disputes with insurance contracts.
Whether you are a contracting party, guarantor or a third party affected by a contract our team can help you.
Berry & Lambert’s provide a fixed cost scheme for the collection of undisputed debts. We have procedures in place to ensure that once we have received your instructions, contact is made with the debtor as soon as possible in order to attempt to recover the amount owed. In the event that payment is not forthcoming within the timetable that we set out in our initial letter we can issue proceedings on line so there are no delays with the paperwork being held up at the Court.
To understand more about our costs and timescales, please look at our Debt recovery costs information page
Director, shareholder and partnership
Unfortunately, some business relationships break down and this can lead to dispute. Whether you are in dispute with your partners, co-directors or shareholders we can help resolve the dispute through negotiation or court action if necessary.
We can advise on your rights and remedies under any applicable shareholder agreement, partnership agreement and under statute or common law.
Regrettably there are times when the professionals you rely upon let you down. We can advise how to quickly recover any loss suffered in such circumstances be it against a solicitor, surveyor, an accountant or other professional.
The most common property dispute businesses have is regarding the building they occupy. We have extensive experience dealing with disputes relating to enforcement of lease terms including service charges, payment of rent, dilapidations, and the renewal terms of leases.
We also advise on disputes relating to rights of way over land, easements and nuisance caused by neighbouring properties.
I have already recommended your services to a friend. Very professional and excellent communication throughout the process.
The advice I was given was more detailed than I expected and was very clear.
As a client in her 80th year, I felt all the team were very kind and patient with me. The experience was less stressful than I had expected [sale and purchase]. My thanks to them all.
Our legal teams have a genuine passion for what they do. Their specialist knowledge is an absolute given (you should accept nothing less) and they pride themselves in working alongside clients to help them achieve the results they seek in their professional and personal lives.
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Dianne has been a member of our Dispute Resolution team for over 15 years. She qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2000, obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with distinction in 2002 and qualified as a solicitor the same year.
Dianne has significant experience of dealing with personal injury claims and is a member of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). She also advises on employment law, contract and consumer law and general dispute resolution.
- Employment law
- Contract and consumer law
- General dispute resolution/litigation
- Neighbour disputes
- Debt recovery
What clients say“Like most people I expected to have very few dealings with Solicitors in my life time so when it was necessary to find one who was willing to deal with such a traumatic event in my life I did not know what to expect. However, your professionalism encouraged me and my wife to see it through to the end. Your calm and informative updates and guidance throughout are much appreciated.” “May I take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the whole family for your support, understanding and, in our opinion, total professionalism in dealing with what we regard as a very traumatic and tragic event.” “I wish to record my total satisfaction with the way in which this matter has been dealt with. Thank you very much indeed.” “This is just a short letter to express my sincere thanks for all the work you have done for me over the past 10 months, I think your professional attitude towards your work is a credit to you and I wish you all the best for the future. I would also like to say I would recommend your services to all who might come under the same situation as I did”. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your professional advice and excellent way in which you painlessly addressed the issues in hand, creating a positive outcome for myself”.
Outside of work Dianne’s interests include cycling, swimming, camping, cooking, listening to music, spending time with her family and holidaying in new places.
Sam joined our Dispute Resolution team in February 2020. He originally qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, before completing his Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course, qualifying as a solicitor in 2018.
Sam takes on variety of civil litigation matters, acting for both businesses and individuals alike, though he specialises in disputes arising out of the sale of goods and professional services. His approach is to consider all options available to the client, regarding both the facts of the case and the client’s objectives.
Sam also advises on contentious probate matters, property disputes, employment law, contract and consumer law and general dispute resolution.
- Commercial Disputes
- Contract Disputes
- Employment Law
- Property Disputes
- General Litigation
- Contentious Probate
What clients say"You were able to cover all my concerns professionally, but more importantly, in a very kind and thoughtful way. It really did make a difference, so thank you." “Thank you for achieving a successful negotiation, and expediting this matter.”
In his spare time Sam enjoys sporting activities and spending time with family and friends.