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Paul McAleavey


Employment Law

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.

Uk recommended lawyer 2024

Paul joined Girlings in 2017 from Tier-1 ranked City of London employment practice BDBF LLP, having trained at leading Westminster firm Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2008. Paul is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

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. He enjoys helping clients to resolve workplace matters to allow them to focus on running their businesses or building their professional careers.

Examples of matters that Paul has worked on include:
  • Acting for a household-name employer in the successful resolution of an employment tribunal claim for discrimination and harassment.
  • Advising a technology platform and its associated mobile app on the employment law aspects of running an employment business.
  • Successfully resolving an Employment Tribunal claim brought against a senior executive on territorial jurisdictional grounds.
  • Advising a leading London medical clinic on the termination of employment of a senior manager following a high profile and sensitive dispute.
  • Advising a large car dealership on the TUPE aspects of its corporate transaction.
  • Successfully clearing the name of a lawyer in a national law firm accused of potentially career-ending misconduct.
  • Helping an executive avoid court proceedings threatened by a former employer and establish a new business.

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.

Paul is also Training Partner at Girlings, with responsibility for selecting, overseeing, and nurturing our trainee solicitors.

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Paul has particular expertise in the following areas:

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.


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Paul McAleavey provided a clearly defined strategy based on case law. He separated himself from the competition by his ability to provide innovative practical solutions to complicated situations. He was accessible and exceeded our expectations.
Legal 500
You have been most helpful, professional and empathetic - you have also restored my confidence in the legal profession.
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’m very happy with your extremely high standard of advice and professionalism. 
City of London Equity Broker.
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
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
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 favourable settlement. I could not have asked for a better service. Thank you!
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
My solicitor, Paul McAleavey, fought hard for me and was incredibly professional. He went above and beyond and did everything he could to ensure a great outcome with great efficiency. Paul was always reachable, day and night, and I was treated like I was their most important client. My doubts were constantly reassured and the steps throughout the process were consistently thoroughly explained. I can't thank Paul and the firm enough and I’m very grateful for everything he’s done to help me. I couldn't have asked for a better law firm or solicitor.  
Director of a PR & Communications Firm