• Our specialist team is on hand to provide you with bespoke advice in relation to any employment issue that you may have. When working with us you can be certain that you will be speaking to a qualified legal professional with experience in Employment Law. We also understand how stressful these issues can be and will support you in every way we can.

    Please ask us about our fixed cost annual employment advice retainer agreement which can provide great savings to your company.

    Contact us to discuss any employee matters affecting your business.

  • Contracts

    Every employee is entitled to a statement of terms of employment (contract). There are penalties if you do not provide this. It is important that contracts are provided as they govern the relationship between employer and employee and should ensure that the relationship runs as smoothly as possible.

    We prepare standard or bespoke contracts of employment from the basic statutory minimum to director service contracts. We also advise about varying contracts of employment should the need arise.

    Disciplinary and grievance

    If you should have to take disciplinary action against an employee it is important you follow the correct procedure. Failure to do so could result in a finding of unfair dismissal and/or an increase in the damages the employee is entitled to. If an employee raises a grievance, it is important that this is dealt with through the correct procedure. We will help you through these procedures to work towards a satisfactory result.

    Equal opportunities

    Employers can be held responsible for acts of prohibited discrimination on grounds of a number of protected characteristics including Sex, Race, Disability, Age, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Belief. Additionally, an employer can be held liable for discriminatory acts carried out by its employees.

    It is important that you implement prevention methods including a robust Equal Opportunities and training policy, in addition to being able to manage any complaints.

    Claims for unlawful discrimination can be expensive to defend and there is no limit to the damages that can be awarded. We can assist with responding to such claims and minimising your exposure.

    Restructure or redundancy

    The needs of a business change continually. This may require a change in the number and/or the responsibilities of employees. We can help you make such changes in the right way and prepare settlement agreements if required.

    We also advise on business transfers and your obligations to employees in such circumstances.


    In the unfortunate event that an employee makes a claim against you for Unfair Dismissal, Unlawful Discrimination or any other reason we will advise the best way to defend such a claim and achieve a successful outcome including negotiated settlements, mediation, or defence in an Employment tribunal.

    To understand more about our costs and timescales, please look at our wrongful dismissal costs information page

  • Our Specialists

    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.

    If you have any questions get in touch

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    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.

  • Expertise

    • 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.

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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.



  • Expertise


    • 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.

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    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.

  • Expertise

    • Commercial Disputes
    • Contract Disputes
    • Employment Law
    • Property Disputes
    • Insolvency
    • 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.