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Peter L Gray QC

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Compass Chambers (Compass Chambers)


Previously described by UK Legal 500 as "a leading authority in health and safety law, especially major industrial accidents", "extremely responsive and has a very calm approach, even in high-pressure situations", “having a fabulous manner with clients and real gravitas before the courts”; and by Chambers and Partners that "he stands out as one of the true health and safety specialists at the Scottish Bar; the top expert in the field", Peter Gray QC is a leading practitioner in regulatory crime and, in particular, in the fields of health and safety, environmental and corporate financial crime. In the context of health and safety, and environmental crime he has been instructed to appear on behalf of corporate accused in the most serious prosecutions, statutory appeals and high profile Fatal Accident Inquiries in recent years. Recent cases include (2013): HMA v Svitzer Marine Ltd: representing Svitzer Marine in health and safety prosecution brought under Section 2 of HSWA 1974 arising out of capsize of "The Flying Phantom” resulting in death of three employees; (2013): PF v Taqa Bratani Ltd: representing Taqa in Environmental Crime Prosecution brought under the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005; (2014): representing BP Exploration Operating Company Limited in Super Puma Fatal Accident Inquiry in relation to death of 2 crew and 14 passengers in North Sea in course of offshore transfer; (2014): HMA v Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland. Representing RHASS in health and safety prosecution brought under section 3 of the HSWA 1974, arising from death of three year old at Royal Highland Show; (2015): HMA v Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. Representing SFRS in h & s prosecution brought under section 2 of the HSWA 1974 arising out of death of firefighter in course of firefighting duties. (2015): HMA v Total Exploration and Production UK Ltd: representing Total in relation to prosecution brought under regulation 13 of Offshore Installations and Wells(Design & Construction) Regulations 1996 arising out of hydrocarbon release on Franklin G4 installation; (2015): PF v Sita UK Ltd: representing Sita UK in relation to environmental prosecution brought under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999,and Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000 regarding a landfill site and its control of leachate levels;  (2016): HMA v Clydeport Ltd: representing Clydeport in relation to health and safety prosecution brought under section 2 HSWA 1974 arising out of death of an employee whilst working on crane at Hunterston Terminal; and (2016): HSE v Chevron North Sea Limited: representing Chevron in appeal to Inner House brought by HSE against decision of Employment Tribunal in prohibition appeal brought under Section 24 HSWA 1974; Jim Clark Rally and Snowman Rally Fatal Accident Inquiry(2017): representing Motor Sports Association in Inquiry into deaths of 4 spectators at motor rallies held in 2013 and 2014.

In relation to financial crime Peter Gray specialises in corporate fraud, tax fraud, VAT evasion,  bribery and money laundering offences, and has been instructed in a number of the most significant financial crime cases including those relating to MTIC carousel fraud, offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and the Bribery Act 2010. In this area a significant part of his practice is also of an advisory nature, in particular with regard to potential corporate criminal liability arising in relation to anti money laundering obligations and associated matters, both domestically and internationally. Recent cases include (2011): AR Communications Ltd v HMRC: Representing HMRC in VAT appeal to 1st Tier Tax Tribunal in relation to MTIC carousel fraud. (2012): Re Abbot Group Ltd; (2013): Re X Ltd; (2015): Re Y Ltd; (2016): Re Braid Group: In each case representing the accused organisation in successfully achieving civil settlement as opposed to criminal prosecution, pursuant to the Crown's self-reporting initiative following introduction of the Bribery Act 2010.


Practised at English Bar in London 1983-92; called to Scottish Bar 1992; appointed Queen’s Counsel 2002.


Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; Fraud Advisory Panel, and Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.

Scottish Bar


Within: Crime – Leading silks

Peter Gray QC - Compass Chambers β€˜He communicates complex ideas in a succinct style.’

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Health and safety, and regulatory

Within: Health and safety, and regulatory – Leading silks

Peter Gray QC - Compass Chambers β€˜His advocacy skills are first-rate.’

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