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.
Efficiency, accuracy and an understanding of your business is key when working on corporate transactions. We get to the heart of what is important to you and provide clear, effective expertise within the fastest timeframe feasible.
We offer a fixed-cost initial consultation to assist you in structuring the transaction and providing a clear course for its progression. We would encourage you to consult with us at the earliest possible stage.
Our business lawyers can advise you on the contract for the sale of business assets, company share sales, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance with legislation in areas such as employment and licensing law, and company law requirements. We work pro-actively with your due diligence team to identify and provide clear advice on the relevant legal issues.
Our commercial property experts are on hand to collaborate on the property aspects of the transaction such as investigation and transfer of title, corporate finance, obtaining required consents, and reporting on the terms of relevant leases and the title.
Contact us to discuss any Commercial transaction matters affecting your business.
Asset sale / purchase agreements
A business sale or purchase can be a complicated process. The business may have staff, contracts, finance to pay off, leasing agreements and bookings that need to be dealt with.
Our commercially focussed business lawyers can assist you step by step, providing clear and practical advice, so you can manage any risks and make informed decisions on the sale or purchase.
Negotiation is a key aspect of any business sale and our lawyers are purposeful and dedicated to achieving the best outcome for you in this regard.
You will be focused on your business or the target business you are purchasing and we will support you by ensuring your goals are achieved and your position is protected. We work proactively with any other experts in your professional team such as accountants or surveyors.
Our experts can guide you through areas such as:
- Due diligence and investigation – making sure there are no nasty surprises
- Commercial Contracts in the business
- Lease terms for rented commercial premises
- Employment issues and the transfer of employees
- Transfer of premises licences and licensing generally
- Transfer of equipment
- Franchise agreements
- Arranging due diligence searches on a target business or company
- Advising on your business purchase contract
- Disclosure requirements
- Negotiating warranties, indemnities, covenants in restraint of trade and limitations on claims for breaches
Share sale / purchase agreements
Whether you are an individual selling your shares in a company, the owner of a company looking to sell the whole share capital or a purchaser of shares in a company we are able to assist you. We can guide you through all aspects of the transaction, such as:
- preparation of purchase/sale agreement
- undertaking due diligence
- preparation of stock transfer form
- preparation of necessary board minutes
- resignations/appointment of company’s officers
- investigating any relevant property/ leases
Excellent value and a professional and efficient service, making for a worry-free transaction.
Couldn’t be better – thank you. I will certainly recommend Berry & Lamberts because of their high standards.
Thank you for all the work that you have undertaken on behalf of my family and myself. You carried out a very thorough, professional and accommodating service.
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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In addition to heading up our Property team Robert has developed expertise in specialist areas of property practice including residential conveyancing, lease extensions and freehold acquisitions on behalf of tenants, farming and agricultural property law, bank finance and secured lending, and commercial property.
Robert also advises businesses on commercial leases, sales and purchases of going concerns, and new build development. He is also the firm’s senior responsible officer under its Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.
His recent high profile cases include the acquisition of a 220 acre mixed residential and agricultural farm site for £6.75m and acting for a borrower taking a £5m loan against a residential portfolio of 44 properties.
Robert qualified in 2007 and trained with the firm before joining the Property Department, where he worked his way up to become a partner in 2010 and subsequently head of department.
• Residential conveyancing
• Commercial property
• Farms and agricultural land
• Title issues
• Landlord and tenant
• Business transactions
What clients say“Please accept a sincere thank you for your exemplary professional service whilst undertaking the sale of our barn.” “Robert is a highly professional and personable lawyer. He has a very good ability to explain complex legal issues and communicates well throughout any legal engagement. I would highly recommend him.” “Robert acted for me during the purchase of my business. I have always found him and all his colleagues at Berry & Berry thoroughly professional and they have provided me with sound advice.” "Excellent service, Robert is very good - will use again." "In addition to my own thanks I have just received a telephone call from the estate agents who were massively complementary of the part you played in the process for which they were very grateful, they said you were a great ally and the chain would have certainly fallen down without your active participation. Thank you."
Robert’s personal interests include landscape photography, travel, film and literature. He has an ambition to climb all 214 “Wainwrights” in the Lake District.
Will qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and became a Partner in the firm in 2014. He specialises in both Residential and Commercial Property work and acts for a wide range of clients buying and selling properties in the local area and further afield. Will also acts for property developers on the acquisition of sites and then the subsequent plot sales, as well as for a number of businesses on Commercial Property matters.
Will’s recent high profile cases include acting for a local authority on the acquisition of a freehold mixed use high street premises for in excess of £4m, acting for a tenant on a lease at Bluewater Shopping Centre and acting for a local property developer on the acquisition and refinancing of a town centre development site.
- Residential Property – sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties, transfers of equity, remortgages
- Commercial Property
- Title issues
What clients say“We just wanted to say thank you so much for assisting us with the sale of our property. We really appreciated the time you took to address any concerns that we had, and your speedy approach to the transaction. You did a great job.” “I was impressed with the care and attention provided in dealing with my house purchase. You were helpful and efficient at all times.” “It’s sometimes hard to find a solicitor who will be excellent through an entire process. Will and Berry & Lamberts were! I felt totally confident in your work through everything – so thank you very much!” “It was easy to make initial contact and Will was the most personable of the lawyers I contacted. He was happy to explain matters clearly and concisely and act efficiently and swiftly!” " Thank you for being brilliant throughout this process. You have far surpassed any other solicitor we have ever worked with in terms of your expertise, diligence, efficiency, thoroughness and demeanour." "I cannot recommend improvements. All the worry that usually surrounds the sale of a house was eliminated and everything was conducted smoothly. What more could we ask?" "Excellent all round service that I cannot fault." "Impressed with service- professional, hard working and readily available."
Will supports West Ham United FC and has been a season ticket holder for many years. He also enjoys running, cycling and watching cricket. Will has taken part in several sporting events for charity including running the London and Edinburgh Marathons and cycling from London to Paris. Will also enjoys spending time with his family and is a life member of the National Trust.
Melanie is a partner in our Property team and is expert in all aspects of residential conveyancing including transfers of equity, new build properties (acting for both developers and purchasers), commercial property and landlord and tenant.
She has been a property solicitor for 31 years, working for a Central London firm, having qualified as a Legal Executive in 1992. She went on to work for two high profile firms in Kent. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2009.
Melanie joined the Property team in October 2013.
- All Aspects of Residential Conveyancing
- Transfers of equity
- New Build Properties, (acting for both developer and purchaser)
- Commercial Property
- Business Transactions
- Landlord and Tenant
What clients say“I have never had such a wonderful service. Melanie listened to what I had to say and we were kept up to date.” ”My conveyancing had to be carried out unusually quickly and it was done effectively and efficiently.” “Quick, responsive, friendly, local.” “Thank you for the efforts you always make with such speed. I know we have been a bit demanding with the short notice we tend to give and yet you always deliver.” "You've been great throughout the journey. Thanks so much for your cooperation, professional approach and great management of this file. We are really grateful" "Thank you so much for your speedy and efficient work, we will be recommending you to all our friends as we have had an excellent service from you" " Thank you for getting us to the finish line with our first investment transaction. Your cooperation, professional guidance and great management of the file was invaluable and greatly appreciated"
Melanie enjoys reading, walking and cycling and has recently taken up the very challenging and increasingly popular form of exercise using kettle bells. Melanie lives locally with her husband and her three children.
Anthony Herman (known as Tony) joined the firm in 1964. Many of his clients have been with him for over 40 years and he is often dealing with matters for the children and grandchildren of his original clients.
During his career Tony has worked in most areas of law and this gives him an in depth understanding of situations where more than one area of law is involved. Tony has an excellent reputation for his skills in analysing situations and finding the best solution for his clients. Before entering into law Tony trained as an economist and has a particular expertise in solving financial problems.
- Legal work for businesses
- Commercial property
Tony enjoys spending time with his wife, son, three daughters and six grandchildren. He also enjoys playing basketball and golf.