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Gillian Reid

Solicitor & Head of Employment

Branch(es) York Office, Wetherby Office, Malton Office

Email: Gillian.Reid@warekay.co.uk
Direct Dial 01904 716050

I’ve always strived to be a holistic lawyer. What makes my job particularly enjoyable is not just seeing the legal aspects of a situation but also the challenge of looking at the whole picture from all angles to consider possible and workable solutions for my clients. Being able to appreciate the practical realities of implementing my advice from a client’s perspective is crucial. Employment issues can be stressful whether you’re a business owner, manager or employee. I aim to make issues as stress-free as possible. My motto is “If it’s important to my client then it’s important to me”.


Gillian Reid has been a part of the team at Ware and Kay since 2005.

Gillian is an experienced employment lawyer who can be relied upon for clear, sensible and jargon-free advice on employment issues when you need it most.

She regularly advises companies on redundancy procedure, restructuring, TUPE, executive severance packages, employment tribunal claims (including unfair dismissal and discrimination), and employee issues involving disciplinary and grievance matters, sickness absence and negotiating settlement agreements.  

Gillian is also able to provide advice on employment contracts and staff handbooks to make sure that they comply with changes in employment law.

Her corporate clients include business owners and managers as well as senior executives and employees across Yorkshire and nationally. 

Gillian is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has been a Council member for the Yorkshire Law Society. She has also advised on BBC Radio York on Employment matters.

What clients say:

"It was great to meet you yesterday – you put me at ease straight away – thank you for all your help/advice – your professionalism, friendlessness & down to earth approach just shone through – it is and will remain very much appreciated. Also thanks to convey my thanks to Emily and Vicky – it’s great-team – something else that I like! Should I need any legal advice in the future – I’ll be back ."

"Just a little note from us to say a massive 'Thank you' for all you have done: I would never have stood a chance if you didn't see any potential in my case, and luckily for us, you did. I hope my case helps other women who have been discriminated against in the work place. […]  Many Thanks once again."

"Recently I made my Will through Ware and Kay and once again was very impressed with the service. Gillian, I will certainly be recommending the services of Ware and Kay to my friends."

"I wanted to put into writing how fantastic you have been at supporting me throughout this process.

There were several times I found it overwhelming - never having been in a situation such as this - and you were great at talking me through the options and keeping me going. Without your support I would've walked away with nothing.

I really cannot express my gratitude enough."

"It is sometime since I have used a solicitor and the service I received was excellent. I was made to feel at ease ad the information was delivered to me and understanding checked. Great experience."

"With my above "Excellent" ratings - there is hardly room for improvement. It was a bit difficult for me getting my head around a retirement settlement and I have to say that Gillian Reid was, well - "excellent" in all respects."

"I was extremely satisfied with the overall level of service provided"

"I wanted to offer my sincerest thanks for all of your help and support.  You have gone above and beyond any obligation, to help me in a dark time and I am sincerely grateful.

From my experience with yourself and from my wife's exceeding high regard for the way Ware & Kay conducts itself, I have only the highest regard for you and your company."

"Please can I thank you once again for your very swift and professional dealing with this matter, I found your explanation of the process and the agreement easy to understand which certainly aided the process. I would certainly recommend your services to any potential clients and for your personal interest I know that the HR department at my company were also very impressed with the representation and approach you took on my behalf."

"On a final note I would like to thank you and your secretary for all your help and time you took explaining and listening to my problems and ultimately resolving the extremely stressful situation I found myself in. I would happily recommend your company to my friends and family if ever they required your services."

"Gillian Reid was superb and her secretary (Rachel Lock) was first class"

"I would again like to thank you and your Secretary for your help in dealing with this difficult matter, you made an awful situation bearable for me. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you or your firm to anyone in a similar position."

"Our great thanks to Gillian Reid who bent over backwards to ensure our case of compromise agreement was drawn to a satisfactory conclusion."

"First class service - prompt, efficient and very courteous. Went the extra mile to surpass my expectations."

"A very friendly and professional service, we were always met with a warm, calm and reassuring smile. Gillian has been an excellent example of how solicitors should be. We always felt comfortable, relaxed and at ease. Nothing was too much trouble, ever. Thank you so very very much for all your help. It's nice to know people care at such difficult times."

"A big thank you to Gillian. She made what could have been a very stressful situation very straightforward with a very good outcome."

"[...] thank you for dealing with this matter so efficiently for me. You did a superb job and I would have no hesitation in recommending you in future."

"This was the first time I have had to seek any advice on employment matters and found Gillian Reid very helpful and professional in dealing with an issue I have not had any prior knowledge of."

"I would have no hesitation in recommending / using the services of Ware & Kay in the future."

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