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 Landlord team has excellent reputation acting for Housing Associations and Private Landlords.
We provide a Fixed Cost service to Landlords who are seeking possession of their property. Please click here for further details – Fixed Cost Possession Scheme.
Commercial Property: view our Commercial Property page here.
Collection of Rent Arrears
Whether this is by way of negotiation, action for breach of contract or possession proceedings we ensure that a landlord’s income stream is protected.
We assist landlords dealing with defence of claims for repair, provide early advice on potential exposure and ensure that claims with no merit are vigorously defended.
In addition, we advise landlords in relation to their duties under s.11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and other statutory provisions.
We shall assist you to obtain access to your property in order to carry out essential repair work if the tenant is refusing access or is not carrying out essential repairs which are their responsibility.
We have extensive experience in dealing with anti-social tenants. Whether the behaviour is noise nuisance, drink or drug related or involves threats of violence we are able to take fast effective measures to protect your investment.
Possession claims and proceedings
In the event that you require possession of your property we are able to assist by seeking possession under the Accelerated possession procedure, or by relying on breaches of the tenancy agreement such as non-payment of rent or antisocial behaviour.
It is vitally important that tenancy agreements are put in place to record the agreement between the parties at the start of the landlord and tenant relationship. Each party must be aware of their rights and obligations. We ensure these documents are prepared in a thorough and robust way to cover issues such as rights of entry, repairing obligations and termination procedures.
Overall level of service excellent, professional and supportive through a very stressful experience.
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.
Couldn’t be better – thank you. I will certainly recommend Berry & Lamberts because of their high standards.
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.