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North: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

David Gray Solicitors LLP

David Gray Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in large-scale fraud and benefit fraud, advising private individuals and business entities. Brian Hegarty, who leads the team, is an experienced higher court advocate, while  solicitor Janice Hall, who focuses on motoring offences and cases of domestic violence and sexual offences, is also notable in this area.

Practice head(s):Brian Hegarty

Other key lawyers:Janice Hall

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

David Gray Solicitors LLP

David Gray Solicitors LLP's practice takes a multi-disciplinary approach, teaming up with lawyers from its mental health, immigration and family teams, enabling it to see matters through from beginning to end. Led by Brian Hegarty, the practice specialises in serious and complex crime matters, in particular proceeds of crime instructions. Also notable is Janice Hall, who has expertise in domestic violence and sexual offences cases.

Practice head(s):Brian Hegarty

Other key lawyers:Janice Hall


'The thorough preparation the team brings to all cases is impressive and its administration is faultless'

'The firm's customer care is excellent and the advice it gives to clients is realistic and fully born out by the strength of the case'

'All advice provided is acted upon in a timely manner'

'Janice Hall has excellent oversight of her cases and the team work very well together'

Work highlights

  • A murder conviction on the basis of joint enterprise.
  • Representing the client who  was charged with Murder of his girlfriend and the Attempted Murder of his parents.
  • Representing a defendant who pleaded guilty to an allegation of Death by Dangerous Driving.  This is a continuation of matter number 9 from last year’s submission.
  • Operation Optic - men grooming young vulnerable women for the purposes of obtaining sexual services
  • Representing a defendant who  is one of a number of prison guards who are said to have been guilty of physical and sexual abuse at a Youth Detention Centre in the 1980’s
Leading individuals

Brian Hegarty - David Gray Solicitors LLP

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North: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 4

David Gray Solicitors LLP

Specialist in immigration work David Gray Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in entrepreneur visas and assisting foreign nationals with setting up businesses in the UK. Bryony Rest leads the team that has increasing experience with tech companies, as well as the complex cross-border issues around immigration.

Practice head(s):Bryony Rest

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North: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 1

David Gray Solicitors LLP

Finance expert Lucy Mead leads the David Gray Solicitors LLP practice that has expertise in female genital mutilation cases, guardianship issues and dispute resolution. The firm undertakes the bulk of its own advocacy and is involved in an increasing number of complex financial cases. The experienced team is made up of resolution accredited specialists, members of the Law Society’s Children Law Accredited Scheme and Higher Rights Advocates. This includes Mary Shaw, who is a specialist lawyer in the areas of advanced financial provision and private children law, and managing partner Elspeth Thomson. Also recommended are Claire Hunter and solicitor Sukhi Patter.

Practice head(s):Lucy Mead

Other key lawyers:Mary Shaw; Elspeth Thomson; Claire Hunter; Lesley Monkhouse; Sukhi Patter


'Sound, sensible advice delivered at an early stage with high levels of client care.'

'Elspeth Thomson is very good.'

'Claire Hunter and Lucy Mead are a safe pair of hands.'

'Lesley Monkhouse stands out for her sensible and practical approach.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a mother who was alleged to have harmed her baby.
  • Represented children in an application by the Local Authority for Care Orders following the death of their sibling in suspicious circumstances.
  • Represented children in a care case.
  • Represented a young mother accused of harming her baby.
  • Advising a 17 year old pregnant girl who was terminally ill.
Leading individuals

Elspeth Thomson - David Gray Solicitors LLP

Lucy Mead - David Gray Solicitors LLP

Mary Shaw - David Gray Solicitors LLP

Next Generation Partners

Claire Hunter - David Gray Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Sukhi Patter - David Gray Solicitors LLP

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