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North: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

David Gray Solicitors LLP

Benefiting from a close co-operation with the firm’s mental health, immigration and family teams, David Gray Solicitors LLP is well equipped to guide individuals and business entities through a wide range of white-collar crime and fraud proceedings including tax, VAT and benefit fraud matters; the latter is a key area of expertise for solicitor Emma Silburn. Team head Brian Hegarty routinely acts as a higher court advocate, representing defendants in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Solicitor Jonathan Cousins is experienced in handling money and asset seizures.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

David Gray Solicitors LLP

David Gray Solicitors LLP is recognised by clients and peers alike for its criminal law practice, which frequently works in conjunction with the firm’s mental health, immigration and family departments. In co-operation with the latter, the team acted in a case concerning the assault against a child where a parent is said to be responsible for the infliction of non-accidental injuries. Other recent work includes acting for a client accused of joint enterprise murder, defending a client against drug supply-related allegations as well as acting in a number of rape trials and proceedings concerning death by dangerous driving. Team head Brian Hegarty frequently acts as a higher court advocate and represents defendants in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Other key individuals include solicitor Michael Gibson, who is particularly experienced in handling assault and motoring offence-related trials, senior solicitor Janice Hall, who is well versed in dealing with youth court proceedings alongside criminal matters involving domestic violence and sexual offences, as well as solicitors Emma Silburn and Paul Harbison, who are both recognised for their expertise in mental health-related work.

Leading individuals

Brian Hegarty - David Gray Solicitors LLP

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North: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 5

David Gray Solicitors LLP

Having ‘an in-depth understanding of immigration matters’, much of David Gray Solicitors LLP’s work pertains to business immigration, family migration and EEA law issues with a particular focus on the IT, healthcare, service, leisure and academic sectors. The ‘knowledgeable, approachable and helpfulBryony Rest heads the team and is note for her  ‘honest and straightforward advice’. In recent work, she advised an organisation on the suspension and subsequent revocation of Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licences, and assisted an individual with the application to remain as a Tier 1 migrant.

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North: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 1

David Gray Solicitors LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at David Gray Solicitors LLP has a longstanding reputation in family law, and is able to leverage the firm's crime, immigration and housing expertise to handle the full range of family law matters. ‘Calm and informative’ team head Lucy Mead is frequently called upon to deal with financial matters, while Lesley Monkhouse specialises in cases concerning children and handles issues pertaining to non-accidental injuries, forced marriage and matters featuring international elements. ‘Highly professional’ managing partner Elspeth Thomson ‘handles matters sympathetically’ and stands out for her expertise in adoption law including adoptions with a foreign element, while the recommended Mary Shaw focuses on divorce-related finance matters. Solicitor Claire Hunter is also recommended; she is well versed in dealing with public law children issues and financial separation matters including sexual abuse and exploitation.

Leading individuals

Elspeth Thomson - David Gray Solicitors LLP

Mary Shaw - David Gray Solicitors LLP

Next generation lawyers

Claire Hunter - David Gray Solicitors LLP

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