Paul Reay

Position: Head of Family Law

Phone: 01625 547494



Having been born and raised in Carlisle, Cumbria, Paul made the short journey south to study Law at the University of Lancaster. Having completed his degree, Paul attended the College of Law at Chester where he completed his Legal Practice Course.

Paul is a qualified solicitor and heads up the Hilary Meredith Family Law team. His career to date has been entirely based in the North West and he is a high profile Cheshire family lawyer. His expertise and excellent reputation has resulted in him receiving instructions from clients not only in Cheshire but from throughout the UK.

He has experience in dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdown, including divorce and finances, cohabitation, children matters and domestic abuse matters. His friendly and positive manner provides comfort and reassurance.

Paul adopts a straightforward and pragmatic approach and is always mindful of the need to approach family law matters sensitively, he is considered to be a skilled and effective litigator and believes that the Court process can, in certain cases, ensure that the right result is achieved for his clients.

His personable and understanding approach means that he builds an excellent rapport with his clients the vast majority of clients come to Paul on the recommendation of their friends, family and contacts.


The Law Society

The Macclesfield Law Society


‘In the last few months my son has been involved in a particularly difficult property dispute after the breakdown of the relationship with his partner last October. Paul Reay was recommended to us, as an experienced family lawyer, and I cannot speak highly enough about his handling of the case and the advice he has given to us throughout. The other side engaged highly aggressive litigation lawyers and Paul was calm and measured in response. There were constant threats of court action and numerous red herrings raised but we were advised to remain focused on matters that would lead to the resolution of the case. Paul is a credit to his profession: his advice is invariably spot on, his communication skills are excellent and he enjoys the happy knack of anticipating what the other side is going to do next. He is also very personable, determined and prepared to go “the extra mile” in getting the job done. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Paul to your prospective clients. Many thanks!’
Mr G, Cheshire

‘I would just like to say a massive thank you to Paul for all his hard work and effort over the past eight months.  For what has been a very difficult time for me, Paul has been able to make light of the situation, allowing me to laugh and smile about matters and has made the whole, inherently painful process more than bearable. On numerous occasions, Paul has gone above and beyond what is expected of a solicitor; ensuring that I had the best possible chance of securing my objectives. Paul, you have provided me with excellent professional service and client care throughout, keeping me fully up to date of what was going on, thus reassuring me that my case could not be in better hands. Armed with the perfect mix of determination, skill and legal knowledge – There is no other person that I would have wanted in my corner! Thanks again, Paul.’
Mr A Poynton

‘Simply I cannot express enough gratitude to Paul for what he has done for me over the past 6 months. I went to Paul following a recommendation from a family friend who spoke very highly of him, provided me with an insight into the type of character he was and how he successfully managed their case. I suppose I was slightly dubious when I took the first step but from day one it was clear that it was Paul I wanted and it was Paul who had the ability on both a legal and personal basis to take me where I wanted to go. From day one Paul provided me with an influx of hope and determination that stemmed from his high level of professionalism and legal knowledge which seemed to ooze from him. Not only this but also it was Pauls ability to be able to fully acknowledge how much this meant to me which could be evidently seen though his passion to give his everything thus ensuring the best possible outcome all of the time. Paul was always prompt to act and would always ensure I was kept up to date with any developments giving me an early insight into how we would be managing developments. For me it was a process that I don’t think others could have or would have done more than Paul did and I am forever grateful for all of his hard work and determination. Thank you Paul.’
Mr M, Macclesfield, Cheshire

At Home

Outside of work Paul is a very keen sportsman and enjoys both golf and football in particular. Paul supports his hometown team of Carlisle United and plays football locally within Cheshire.

Paul resides in Cheshire and is due to marry in April 2016. Paul has a passion for live music and holds great admiration for the ‘greatest living lyricist’ – Morrissey/The Smiths