Paul Hardy

Paul Hardy

Consultant Solicitor

Paul is a highly skilled lawyer who is able to grasp the legal issues which clients face and to propose solutions which enable informed decisions to be taken swiftly. An essential part of any lawyer’s role is to be able to understand the legal position facing a client, be able to explain it simply, and to identify what can be done about it.

Paul is very much regarded as a Trusted Advisor and divides his time equally between his private and business clients becoming engaged in a wide range of legal issues on a day to day basis as required.

Paul advises businesses and business owners across a broad sector on a fixed fee basis in the drafting and/or reviewing of commercial contracts and agreements including business terms and conditions, supply of goods and services (business to business and  business to consumer), hiring, consultancy, agency, sponsorship, research and development, confidentiality, joint venture, distribution, franchising, outsourcing, employment contracts and policies, and the protection and exploitation of intellectual property licences and assignments.

In addition Paul provides a HR and Legal Director consultancy service for SME’s on a flexible retainer basis to help conduct legal audits, manage specific regulatory changes, undertake due diligence tasks, resolve conflicts in the workplace, coordinate disclosure for major litigation, and/or assist the Board in implementing change due to acquisitions, mergers, or entry into new  markets.

Paul has extensive experience of resolving employment law issues. He practices in all areas including unfair, constructive and wrongful dismissal, termination of employment, redundancy, breach of contract, settlement agreement packages, breach of confidence, restrictive covenants, bullying, harassment, discrimination, and TUPE. In addition to supporting and advising clients through the internal stages of disciplinary, grievance, and appeal hearings Paul is engaged in cases in Employment Tribunals across the UK, County Court and High Court, as well as in cases before a variety of Public and Regulatory bodies and Appeal Courts.

He is regularly instructed in multi-day cases including some high value, complex, and sensitive claims. He acts for both employees (including senior executives and professional practitioners from across a number of different sectors) and employers (on a consultancy basis dealing with equality, advisory, representation, training, and drafting issues from recruitment to termination).

Paul has a special interest in the resolution of all types of contested wills and probate claims including contesting the validity of a will because of improper execution, later revocation, lack of capacity, knowledge or approval, fraud, forgery or undue influence through to rectification of a will, the variety of other claims that can arise because of disputes with executors and trustees involving potential breaches of trust, claims arising out of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for reasonable financial provision from the estate, and/or relating to resulting or constructive trusts and the doctrine of proprietary estoppel.

In addition Paul is increasingly involved in Elderly Client issues requiring the Office of Public Guardian and Court of Protection involvement.

Paul continues to receive instructions from regular clients and from new clients recommended to him to take on specific cases outside of his main fields of interest because of his proven ability to manage complex, technical, voluminous and sensitive cases including those touching upon property, privacy, human rights, professional negligence, environmental, insolvency, construction (arbitration, adjudications and appeals), public law injunctions and judicial reviews.

Where such a special case is taken on then Paul will assemble the necessary supporting legal team and act either as the lead lawyer or as the case manager dealing with all important strategic decisions for the client as required.