Paul McAleavey

Senior Associate Solicitor

What My Clients Have Said

Paul provided strategic legal advice that delivered an amicable end to a difficult employment situation, converting it into a win/win. His professionalism, pragmatism and expertise conveyed by a cool, calm demeanour is immensely reassuring in tough times. I have no hesitation in recommending Paul whole-heartedly. Head of UK Client Services at a global business intelligence research company

Working with Paul was a great experience in a very stressful time. Paul is an excellent professional with very good interpersonal skills, and his work is efficient, precise and thorough. Paul made the whole redundancy negotiation process smooth and easy. I do recommend Paul and Girlings to anybody who looks for professional legal advice and help.  Senior Executive, multinational technology company

I wanted to say a big big thank you to you for all your help. I literally could not have done it without you and your advice has been invaluable. Should I ever need a fantastic solicitor again I will come straight to you. I would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone in a similar situation as mine. Senior Executive - FTSE 250 insurance company

Thanks again for helping with your expert advice on reviewing the terms of my sabbatical. You have raised some very important points in keeping a very tight deadline making the negotiating stress free for me. As a result I have achieved a very good compromise with my employer whilst remaining very amicable with them along the way which was very important to me. I will definitely recommend you to colleagues - which I already did - and friends. Senior Executive, City of London Investment Bank

I worked with Paul on a settlement agreement when parting with a business, I found him to be very efficient and professional in his approach. I would happily recommend his services to anyone looking for help in this field. CEO of Sports Nutrition Business

You have made this process very easy for me and have provided me with some very valuable adviceSenior University Academic

Thank you again for your service. You gave me good clear advice at a very stressful time for me when I couldn't really think clearly. You explained the process clearly explaining each stage, what I needed to do and answering any questions that I had. Educational Professional

Paul McAleavey of Girlings has been outstanding in providing legal employment advice to me, compassionately managing a difficult journey for me  and negotiating a better settlement than was initially offered.  His thoroughness and attention to detail are highly commendable.  In today's volatile employment market, I have had to seek legal advice on a number of occasions; I can honestly say that Paul and Girlings stand head and shoulders above their competition. Project Manager, Aerospace industry

Brilliant service. Made a very stressful time much easier to cope with.     

Paul was a great combination of both being very professional and very friendly. He made me feel incredibly at ease and was very friendly and professional throughout, I really appreciate all the help he gave me, he made everything so much easier.      

Paul was very patient and understanding. I feel he worked with me to achieve absolutely the best outcome available, given the circumstances. I cannot rate him highly enough.

A quick, helpful and friendly service. Mr Kemp

Paul exceeded all my expectations and did an excellent job. He went above and beyond what was required. Ms Coyte

Employment Law
Employment Law - Personal
Employment Law and Employment Law - Personal

Paul is an employment solicitor equally comfortable advising businesses and employees. He has a decade of experience at  top-ranked London law firms, including in the City of London.

Meet Paul McAleavey, Senior Associate Solicitor: 

Paul joined Girlings in 2017 from Tier-1 ranked City of London employment practice BDBF LLP, having trained and qualified at leading Westminster firm Bircham Dyson Bell LLP.  His extensive experience of advising both businesses and individuals mean he can identify and exploit the points which concern an opponent and strengthen his client’s case.  He has acted for a diverse range of employers, ranging from household names to SMEs. Paul helps businesses avoid issues in the workplace by providing day-to-day HR support as well as drafting contracts and handbooks and has defended many employers in the Employment Tribunal, including by conducting advocacy on their behalf.

Paul has a keen interest in advising on senior executive terminations, particularly at board level and has assisted many employers achieve smooth and commercial departures for senior members of staff. He has acted for train operating companies, airlines, hedge funds, manufacturing companies and professional service firms and gives pragmatic and commercial advice. He conducts popular training seminars and lectures for businesses and HR teams (described by a recent attendee as a “great speaker”) . Paul has a particular interest in assisting employers deal with the misuse of confidential information and has obtained orders in the High Court to restrain such action by employees. He also has experience in obtaining High Court injunctions to restrain nationwide industrial action and is comfortable advising businesses with a fully or partially unionised workforce.

Employment Law (Business) Employment Law (Personal)

My Specialisms

Paul has particular expertise in the following areas - 

  • Employment tribunal claims
  • Advising businesses on senior employee departures
  • Negotiating exit packages for individuals
  • The misuse of confidential information
  • Cases concerning FCA-approved and regulated professionals
  • High Court claims

Paul’s extensive experience of advising both businesses and individuals mean he can identify and exploit the points which concern an opponent and strengthen his client’s case. 

On the employee side, Paul can help individuals resolve matters of concern to them in the workplace, including on bonus disputes, Employment Tribunal claims, the enforceability of post-termination restrictions and obtaining favourable severance packages. He has a wealth of experience in advising a diverse range of senior executives in the banking, advertising and media sectors, as well as doctors, lawyers and members of partnerships, from both LLPs and ’traditional’ partnerships. Paul helps individuals obtain severance packages that protect their financial position and professional reputation and can help individuals litigate where necessary. He is experienced in advising employees facing potentially career-ending disciplinary allegations, including where regulatory or criminal proceedings are involved. He has advised clients facing action from bodies including the Financial Conduct Authority, the police and the General Medical Council. Paul has a particular interest in advising employees who face difficulties in the workplace due to illness. 

Paul regularly writes for and is quoted in the press and radio, most recently in The Times, City A.M. and the Financial Times. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Paul is regularly invited to contribute to think tank discussions on a number of Employment Law issues and has contributed the work done on agency workers’ rights by the Resolution Foundation, including speaking at an event in Westminster.

 

 

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