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.
When you have to involve a solicitor to help you with issues in your job we understand that it is likely to be a very stressful time. Our friendly and ‘human’ team draws on a wealth of experience to provide dependable advice in a relaxed, professional environment.
All our teams offer an initial fixed fee appointment of £100 plus VAT for up to 1 hour of time with a solicitor. This is to discuss your matter(s) and help you think about your options on a fixed cost basis. A number of our services such as Wills, Lasting Power of Attorneys and Employ Right etc. are done on a varying fixed fee basis. Contact the teams to find out more.
Contact us to discuss any legal matters affecting your job.
Every employee is entitled to a statement of terms of employment (contract). There are penalties if these are not provided. It is important contracts are provided as these govern the relationship between employer and employee and will ensure that the relationship runs as smoothly as possible.
We can advise what action you can take if you have not been provided with a contract of employment. We can also advise you of your rights if your employer is seeking to vary your contract of employment.
Discrimination in Employment
An employer can be held responsible for acts of prohibited discrimination on the grounds of a number of protected characteristics including Sex, Race, Disability, Age, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Belief. If you feel you have suffered due to one of these factors then you may be able to claim against your Employer or a co-Employee for any loss suffered, including injury to feelings. We will advise you on the best way to bring such a claim to secure maximum compensation.
If you are facing disciplinary action it is important that you receive advice at the earliest opportunity so you can answer any allegations against you. We can tell you whether your employer is following the correct procedure and assist you during this process. You may be entitled to claim unfair dismissal if there is a breach of procedure.
If you have a complaint at work then this must be dealt with through the correct grievance procedure. If your employer fails to properly deal with your grievance we can advise on what action you can take.
To understand more about our costs and timescales, please look at our wrongful dismissal costs information page
Redundancy / settlement agreements
If you are threatened with redundancy or dismissal we can advise as to your entitlement to redundancy and notice pay and respond quickly to assist with settlement agreements.
In the unfortunate event you are dismissed, discriminated against, or have any other complaint against your employer we can advise how best to bring a claim and achieve a successful outcome, including negotiated settlements, mediation or representation in an Employment tribunal.
Communication was fantastic at all levels. Professional, helpful, easy to deal with, personable, unstressful and competent.
I have already recommended your services to a friend. Very professional and excellent communication throughout the process.
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.