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Carey Olsen

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Employment, Pensions and Incentives; Trusts and Private Wealth; Regulatory; Relocation Services; Taxation and Economic Substance Requirements; Corporate


Elaine is a partner in and head of Carey Olsen’s Guernsey dispute resolution and litigation team where she advises local and international clients on commercial litigation and employment, data protection, competition law and intellectual property matters. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in these fields and appears regularly in courts and tribunals at all levels in Guernsey.

Elaine is also the President of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce. Elaine has also been named as a leading lawyer in the Citywealth Leaders Lists each year from 2009 to the present date, she has also been recognised in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite listings in 2021.

She was previously appointed to the Population Employment Advisory Panel as representative of Guernsey’s financial service industry. 

Elaine was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Litigation to the Guernsey Bar in 2018.

Elaine is a Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP/E).


Elaine qualified as a Scottish solicitor and notary public in 1995, before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2003 where she was admitted as an attorney-at-law. She then qualified as a solicitor in England in 2008 before being admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2009. Elaine is a registered Image Rights, Trademark and Patent Agent. She was made a partner at Carey Olsen in 2015 and was appointed Head of Dispute Resolution and Employment in 2018.




Elaine is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and the Channel Islands Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, of which she is also a committee member. Elaine is also a member of the Chancery Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Elaine GrayCarey Olsen

Carey Olsen‘s ‘preeminent‘ dispute resolution and litigation bench features a number of seasoned advocates specialising in the full span of engagements. Spearheading the restructuring and insolvency offering, David Jones tackles both multijurisdictional and purely domestic instructions. An island-leading criminal and regulatory offering is provided by Mark Dunster and practice head and ‘first-class trial advocate‘ Elaine Gray; highlight recent matters related to complex competition issues in the utilities sector. ‘Formidable litigator‘ Tim Corfield is a go-to name for regulated financial services clients, while Karen Le Cras leads on contentious trust disputes. Senior associates Julia Schaefer  and Tim Bamford, and counsel Simon Florance lend their expertise to broader commercial disputes. Former partner John Greenfield continues to play a key role in the team as a full-time consultant.

Guernsey > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Elaine GrayCarey Olsen

The employment, pensions and incentives team at Carey Olsen ‘is a force to be reckoned with‘ in employment tribunal proceedings. Market-first examples saw ‘powerhouse‘ practice head Elaine Gray and counsel Natasha Newell ( who is praised as ‘an accomplished and fearless litigator‘) handling notable equal pay disputes. Konrad Friedlaender and senior associate Julie Currie are the group’s pensions experts, notably in regards to employee scheme governance issues and risk transfers. Through Mark Dunster, the team leads on matters with significant regulatory elements, including grandfathering provisions, immigration issues and appeals, professional negligence claims, and staff reorganisation procedures for financial services clients. Associate Lois Madden brings ‘an abundance of experience and wise counsel’ to a wide range of discrimination investigations.