• He is excellent - always quick to respond and does so in clear, practical terms.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • He is extremely pragmatic and gives excellent advice that is always relevant and tailored.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Paul Seath is excellent. He combines a wealth of experience with keen pragmatism

    Legal 500 2021

  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer

    Legal 500 2020

  • Paul Seath is a 'key contact'

    Legal 500 2018

  • Paul has ‘strong industry knowledge, is able to identify key issues and provides sound advice’

    Legal 500 2017

  • Paul Seath has 'excellent judgement'

    Legal 500 2016


I am an employment and discrimination specialist, recommended by the Legal 500, which recognises my “excellent judgement”.


I help charities, social enterprises and commercial organisations navigate challenging and strategically important workplace issues, including: employee engagement, change programmes, discrimination, grievances, performance management, disciplinaries, dismissals, whistleblowing, restrictive covenant drafting and enforcement, TUPE and data protection.

I recognise the impact my advice has on the wider organisation and I take this into account when advising. In doing so my advice deals with the immediate issue, but also looks to the future, whether that be the future with the individual about whom I am advising, or other individuals.

I also work with senior executives and professionals at times of upheaval in their places of work and when they move around; providing strategic commercial advice and counsel.

Given the nature of much of my practice the matters advised on are generally confidential.

  • I advised a US purpose driven consultancy business on the UK employment law implications of their unconventional and innovative employment model, with a view to that model being rolled out in the UK
  • I advised a UK B-Corp on its employee and contractor terms and conditions
  • I advised the CEO of a private members club on a range of status issues and the board in respect of the exit of a senior member of staff
  • I advised a large charity on a large data breach, which necessitated a report to the ICO and the Charity Commission
  • I advised a major and high profile membership body on the exit of its People Director and various other senior staff. Plus advising on terms and conditions, various member body issues and on options for positive action
  • I advised a not for profit membership organisation on the exit of its CEO and an associated external investigation into various allegations against the CEO, to include addressing allegations of breach of GDPR and defamation
  • I advised a sports body on its transfer to a complementary and high profile sports body, to include advice on a pre-transfer restructure
  • I advised a charity on the transfer to it of a government contract, to include advice on a post-transfer restructure
  • I advised a high profile and philanthropic Times Rich list family on various HR matters, to include exits and arrivals of key household staff
  • I advised a major regulator on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters
  • I advised a major regulator on various large scale restructures, to include collective consultation duties, plus a significant function transfer under a Transfer Scheme
  • I advised a well know international NGO on its defence to a whistleblowing claim, involving an 8 day hearing and various appeals to the EAT
  • I have advised dozens of individuals on exit and settlement agreements
  • I have advised dozens of individuals on entry and bonus agreements

Qualifications and career

  • Partner, Bates Wells, 2010 - present
  • Appointed as Supervising Solicitor, 2018
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2006
  • Metcalfes' Employment department, 2002-2006
  • Eversheds' Employment department, 1999-2002
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1999
  • University Wales, College of Cardiff, LLB (Hons) Law, 1996

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Trustee of Active Luton, member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Bates Wells Braithwaite SRA Training Principal and Graduate Recruitment Partner
  • ELA member
  • ILIS member
  • Former Governor and Vice Chair of Barnfield FE College
  • Former chair and trustee of the Queen Square Association
  • Supervising solicitor