Paul Reay « McAlister Family Law


Paul Reay

Associate Solicitor

"It's so easy to laugh, it's so easy to hate; it takes guts to be gentle and kind.”


Meet Paul

Paul is experienced in dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdowns, including divorce and finances, cohabitation, children matters and domestic abuse matters. His friendly and positive manner provides comfort and reassurance to his clients. Prior to joining McAlister Family Law, Paul was Head of the Family Law at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, and his expertise and excellent reputation have resulted in him receiving instructions from clients not only in Cheshire but throughout the UK.

Paul has assisted many people who have served in the Armed Forces and as such is known as the go-to expert for all Family Law by many military and ex-military personnel. His knowledge of and familiarity with a variety of support groups available for those who have served in the Armed Forces also allows Paul to offer more than just legal services to his clients.

He adopts a straightforward and pragmatic approach but is always mindful of the need to handle family law matters sensitively; this is why he is considered a skilled and effective litigator.  Paul is a firm believer in putting children first in any case where a child or children are involved.  Once Paul has discussed and agreed his clients’ objectives, Paul will work tirelessly for them to ensure the best possible outcome.

What others say:

“Paul was brilliant throughout. Guided me through a difficult for me and was able to offer support and guidance that made the whole divorce process much easier. Paul has the ability to make light of what was a serious matter which put me at ease and reduced stress.”  Cpl Simpson

“Paul has represented me in what I can only describe as extremely acrimonious and complex family proceedings. His knowledge and understanding is second to none. He takes the time to listen, and has handled my case with great care and efficiency.  Professional at all times, and a great people person too! I would (and have!) recommended Paul to friends and family. I couldn't have completed this journey, which at times were traumatic and emotionally draining, without him. Thank you." Mrs D

"Your advice has been invaluable. I really do appreciate your help for myself and the children." Mr N A

"I have just been through an 18 month complex family court case. Paul Reay directed the case through the final months; he is the most honest and genuine professional you will meet, with an in-depth knowledge of family proceedings, acting with huge professionalism and a high level of honesty and integrity. He will tell you how it is, with out flowering things up, which is how I like to operate. This resulted in a highly positive result at the final hearing. If anybody needs a family solicitor then please instruct this company and request the services of Paul Reay, thank you Paul." Pete Michael

"I worked with Paul Reay in relation to child matters. He is fantastic! From the outset I trusted him wholeheartedly because of both his well-disposed nature and in-depth knowledge. He listened, understood and completely looked after me during what was a very stressful time for me. He got straight to the job in hand and handled everything exactly as I would have hoped. I would not hesitate to recommend Paul and the firm to anyone." Steph Hill

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