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Paul McAleavey


Employment Law

Paul is a Partner at the Firm and his practice includes advising companies, senior executives, professional footballers and LLPs on a wide range of employment and HR issues. 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.

Paul regularly acts in cases in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court. He has recently acted for a Nasdaq-listed company defending substantial bonus claims in the High Court and Employment Tribunal running into millions of pounds, as well as defending organisations facing complex whistleblowing and discrimination claims. He acts for professional footballers on transfer deals, primarily in the Premier League, and recently advised on a player transfer between two Champions League clubs.

He successfully obtained a restricted reporting order from the Employment Appeal Tribunal for an individual and is regularly involved in matters involving injunctive relief.

Paul has extensive experience in advising on senior executive terminations, both for employers and senior executives. He assists his clients with resolving workplace matters so they can focus on running their businesses or building their professional careers. Paul has also extensive experience in advising in the rapidly developing area of transgender law.

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.

The Legal 500 guide to the legal profession highlights Paul as providing “innovative practical solutions to complicated situations. He was accessible and exceeded our expectations. We benefitted from the impact that can be achieved by a knowledgeable and professional solicitor. He was an integral and valued member of our team which led to our success” and commended Paul for having “notable experience of advising on the rights of transgender employees in the workplace”.

Paul is also the firm’s Training Principal, and is passionate about supporting the Firm’s trainees through their qualification journeys.

Outside of work, Paul is kept busy by his young family, and is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC.

He holds a degree in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Notable cases:

Mojela v Canmart Ltd & Anor [2023] EWHC 2668 (Ch)

Memberships and professional bodies:

Employment Law for Businesses Employment Law for Individuals


Paul has particular expertise in the following areas:


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Caroline Armitage

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David Mallinson

Head of Department
Dispute Resolution


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