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

Many thanks for the diligence and advice through this process, it has certainly been most helpful in a difficult period!

Paul was great, he made both the redundancy and new contract negotiations as easy as he could. A senior manager in a City of London-based software developer

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you, not only to see the level of professionalism afforded to me but also the courtesy & politeness in gaining knowledge of my predicament. This also includes that of the receptionist, as first impressions are important. I would therefore have no reservations what so ever in recommending, not only yourself, but Girlings to my friends & colleague's for any legal matters that they may have.

Paul has been fantastic at guiding me through all of the legal jargon relating to my redundancy and has explained the whole process in everyday language. Great service and prompt correspondence. Senior Manager - Global Coffee Chain

Paul was a great help during an incredibly stressful and complicated dispute with my employer.  His ability to identify the key issues and plan an appropriate strategy was exceptional and resulted in a settlement which exceeded expectations.  In addition to his excellent legal advice, Paul was sensitive to how such disputes can impact one’s life and that understanding made a very difficult process much easier to manage.  I would not hesitate to recommend Paul to friends and family.  City Solicitor – national law firm

Paul McAleavey at Girlings was highly recommended to me after I was made unxepectedly redundant. At what can be a difficult time, Paul led me through the process in a professional and personal manner. He advised me and negotiated with my past employer to get me the best possible outcome. I have no hesitation in recommending Paul and Girlings.

I’m very happy with your extremely high standard of advice and professionalism. City of London Equity Broker.


I have the utmost gratitude for the advice and guidance you have provided throughout this difficult time. I am certain that without it I would not have achieved the favourable settlement that we eventually negotiated. Trust me, I would have no hesitation in recommending your services in the future.  Director at a leading real estate investment firm

I cannot recommend Paul McAleavey at Girlings Solicitors enough. Despite my complex case and English being my second language, he has been extremely patient and made the whole process a lot easier for me to understand. His friendly approach made me feel at ease throughout this stressful process while his determination and professionalism led us to achieve a favorable settlement. I could not have asked for a better service. Thank you!

Throughout this process, I highly valued your input, your support and your timely responses. You were always very courteous and professional. I will definitely recommend your services to anyone that may need you. Thank you again for your professional services. Private banking professional

I found Paul very professional, knowledgable and helpful. Very Satisfied. Mr Farrell

Great Service.Very Happy. Paul Harrington

Wonderful service at a sensitive and difficult time.

Have always used Girlings I trust the firm 100%. Jane Thomas

Top rate service. Made to feel very supported and put at ease at a very stressful time. Penny Willetts

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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