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Paula Lee is an ‘extremely capable and strong communicator’. – Legal 500 2017
What a fabulous result… Your attention and service has been second to none – I just can’t thank you enough – Client of Paula
Paula has a wealth of employment law experience and she always puts her clients at the centre of everything she does. Paula also has a reputation for defending her client’s rights fiercely.  

Paula was a partner in the employment team at her last firm, a highly regarded regional practice, described by Chambers and Partners  as a team offering “a level of client service that is as close to faultless as could be achieved”.  Paula was also credited by the same legal directory in 2009 as being the reason that firm “captured the claimant market for high –profile executives”.

At Leigh Day Paula heads up a team which focuses on both individual and group claims. Whilst specialising in all aspects of UK employment law, in particular equal pay, she also has a niche International Administrative Law practise. 

In her equal pay practise Paula writes and talks regularly on the subject. She recognises the emotional cost and the sense of burning injustice that many women feel when they learn that their employer might not have valued their work equally to a male colleague’s and she is particularly  adept at finding solutions without the need to always issue proceedings.  That said, she is equally at home with the litigation process from the Employment Tribunal up to the European Court of Justice.   

As well as her individual practise for senior executives and equal pay clients; Paula currently represents 1,000’s of Tesco employees in their claims for equal pay. A claim which challenges the idea that work traditionally done by women in stores is of less value than that traditionally done by men in the distribution centres.  

Paula regularly appears in the media providing expert comment on equal pay issues and litigation generally. Paula has appeared on Good Morning Britain, BBC 1 News,  Sky News, CNN, Al Jazeera, Radio 2’s  Jeremy Vine show, Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio 5 Live Wake up to Money, Bad Ass Woman’s Hour  and Radio 4’s flagship Woman’s Hour.

She was featured in the Law Society’s Gazette as Lawyer in the News in 2018 for her work representing the Tesco supermarket workers and in 2019 was listed in the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Norfolk. 

Clients and colleagues often describe Paula with adjectives beginning with the letter ‘E’: empowering, enthusiastic, effective, engaging and encouraging.

Paula is recommended by The Legal 500, which says of Paula ‘it is hard to find someone who is so capable and prepared to fight so hard’ (2015); and describes her as an ‘extremely capable and strong communicator’ in 2018. She receives outstanding feedback from client, who say “I would not hesitate to recommend Paula Lee to anyone”.

What clients say about Paula 

Whilst confidentiality naturally prevents us from disclosing most of Paula’s significant achievements; previous clients of Paula have commented:-

“An outstanding lawyer, who gave support and understanding at a time when I needed it.”  

“What a fabulous result… Your attention and service has been second to none – I just can’t thank you enough.”

“It is testament enough that I only met Paula once while the rest of the process was dealt with supreme efficiency, ending in a more than generous settlement from my previous employer."

“To Paula  ...a big thank you for all your hard work and time you’ve put in over the last year. You have been fantastic in getting us through the worst year of our lives both professionally and personally… You deserve all the praise.”

Paula in the news


  • Legal 500 2017 Recommended lawyer

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