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David Gray Solicitors

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Managing Partner: Elspeth Thomson
Number of partners: 8
Solicitors: 28
Other fee-earners: 22

THE FIRM David Gray Solicitors LLP was established 40 years ago and has a long-standing reputation for quality and reliability. The firm prides itself on giving clear, straightforward advice which has seen it highly regarded nationally for its expertise in a number of key practice areas. It has a client base comprising private, business and legal aid clients. With the emphasis on team work, the talents and skills of the firm’s professionals complement each other enabling David Gray to provide an efficient legal service in a friendly, approachable and sensitive manner.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Family:
The large team is renowned nationally for its varied expertise in family law. Due to the scale and experience of the Family Team, the following services are offered: adoption; arbitration; arrangements for children whose parents have separated; care proceedings and social services involvement with your children; child abduction; child protection; child support; civil partnership dissolution; cohabitation agreements; cohabitation disputes; divorce and separation; domestic abuse and harassment; family and friends carers (kinship carers); finance in divorce — urgent applications; financial settlements; forced marriages; gender recognition; grandparents; legal advice in support of mediation; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) services; mediation; premarital agreements; reaching your own agreement; separation agreements, solicitor negotiation; surrogacy. The team undertakes a combination of public and private family law and has qualified mediators and arbitrators.

Immigration: The team provides advice on UK immigration law to individuals, their families and businesses. The specialist team have clients in the UK and around the world and communicate by email and Skype where necessary. The key services include:
■ Business Immigration: Civil Penalties, Entrepreneurs & Investors – Tier 1, Sponsor Licences, Work visas – Tier 2 and Tier 5
■ Personal Immigration: Citizenship and Nationality, EU applications, Family applications: Spouse/Partner/ Children, Human Rights/Asylum, Private life applications, Removal, Deportation and Bail, Students – Tier 4, Visit visas

Crime: The firm has a large general criminal defence practice which receives significant instructions in serious and complex crime matters. The team are top ranked for providing expert advice and representation and offer a 24-hour service in: benefit fraud; criminal offences; fraud; inquests; magistrates court solicitors; police station advice; proceeds of crime; representation at crown court; restraint orders; white collar fraud. As well as criminal law the team have diversified into providing advice on Motoring Offences including drink driving, drug driving, speeding, dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

Property: The property team at David Gray advises business and private clients on property and conveyancing transactions including buying a property, commercial property, council right to buy transactions, selling your property and transferring and remortgaging a property. The team deal with 1000s of clients a year and are accredited by The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), three of the team are Solicitors for the Elderly (SfE) accredited.

Mental Health: David Gray Solicitors has the largest team of specialist Mental Health solicitors in the North East who provide advice in relation to all aspects of the Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983. The team represent patients before the Mental Health Tribunal and Hospital Managers, they are a highly experienced team (over 100 years combined experience) and have excellent relationships with clients across the North who value and trust the service. Specific services include: aftercare under Section 117; appeals to upper tribunal; capacity; Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings; deprivation of liberty; detention under the Mental Health Act; forensic cases — mentally disordered offenders; hospital admission from prison; hospital managers’ hearings; nearest relatives — rights and displacement; supervised community treatment (community treatment orders); the Mental Health Tribunal