Firm Profile > David Gray Solicitors LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England

David Gray Solicitors LLP

Crime: fraud Tier 1

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:

Crime: general Tier 1

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:


‘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’

Family Tier 1

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:


‘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.’

Employment Tier 4

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

The firm: David Gray Solicitors LLP was established 40 years ago and has offices in Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. Over the past four decades it has cemented its long-standing reputation for quality and established itself as a leader within the legal services market. As well as having a significant presence in the local legal market, it is highly regarded nationally for its expertise in a number of key practice areas. Its team of around 80 foster a genuinely collaborative approach to advising clients, drawing on the broad legal expertise that is available across the firm. This means that clients requiring complex multi-discipline legal advice have access to a streamlined and highly knowledgeable team of advisers. The firm prides itself on its open and innovative approach in providing clear and straightforward advice, taking the time to understand a client needs and work with them to find the right, cost-effective solution.

With eight partners and over 80 staff across Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields, David Gray Solicitors LLP is able to offer a degree of specialist expertise not available in smaller firms.

Types of work undertaken: David Gray Solicitors LLP advises on:

Family Law: a key department within the firm, and one which includes several lawyers with a national reputation for their expertise. The team of over 25 provides specialist advice across the whole range of family and childcare law including divorce and unmarried relationship breakdown, financial remedy, disputes concerning childcare arrangements, removals from the jurisdiction, child abduction, care proceedings, adoptions and domestic abuse. Resolving family disputes can be conducted in a range of ways, including collaborative law and mediation. In addition, and almost uniquely, the firm offers couples meetings regarding process options which aids co-operation and early resolution.

Mental health and Court of Protection: the mental health department has more than 30 years experience in the area and a national reputation for its expertise. The dedicated team undertakes Court of Protection work under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, protecting the interests of vulnerable people. This growing practice area and a shift in recent years towards a focus on mental health issues mean this team is busy representing individuals and family members at mental health review tribunals, managers hearings, section renewals and case reviews.

Immigration: the firm has been nationally recognised as a leading law firm in the north for immigration law for over 35 years. The team provides specialist immigration advice and assistance to business and personal clients. The team advises on all stages of the process, including assistance with applications and challenging refusals and penalties, representation at appeals and with judicial review.

Wills and probate/elderly client: the team provides specialist advice, drawing up clear and straightforward wills for clients while also advising on more complex matters including tax planning, gifts, legacies and trusts. The dedicated team is able to provide a full service for the administration of estates and probate. The team has an attorney and deputy in the Office of the Public Guardian.

Crime: the department is a large general criminal practice with many years of experience and a particular specialism in large-scale fraud and white-collar crime. The team also conducts inquests, in particular controversial deaths at the hands of the state. The firm continues to attract significant instructions in serious and complex crime matters and is frequently involved in many of the most high-profile cases in the region. Like the family team at the firm, the criminal department flourishes because of its unique multi-disciplinary approach to advising clients. The department won The Legal 500  Regional Team of the Year 2017.  The department has a growing reputation for assisting clients convicted of driving offences such as Exceptional Hardship, Speeding and Drink Driving.

Property and housing: the burgeoning property team advises a broad and varying client base, from private individuals making a house sale or purchase, to landlords with large property portfolios. Its focus is on delivering an efficient and high-quality service that is competitively priced. This is evidenced by its growing and loyal client base which generates referrals and repeat work.

Other offices: South Shields


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Elspeth Thomson
Family Mary Shaw
Head of Family Lucy Mead
Head of Crime Brian Hegarty
Head of Immigration Bryony Rest
Head of Mental health Mike Bishop
Head of Property Cliff Veitch
Photo Name Position Profile
 Irfan Ali  photo Irfan Ali
 David Allen  photo David Allen
 Sophie Allinson  photo Sophie Allinson
 Anne Austin  photo Anne Austin
 Mike Bishop  photo Mike Bishop
 Jenny Carter  photo Jenny Carter
 Gillian Colquhoun  photo Gillian Colquhoun
 Anna Curphey  photo Anna Curphey
 Nicola Fisher  photo Nicola Fisher
 Michael Gibson  photo Michael Gibson
 Ailsa Gilhespy  photo Ailsa Gilhespy
 Joanne Grey  photo Joanne Grey
 Janice Hall  photo Janice Hall
 Paul Harbison  photo Paul Harbison
 Brian Hegarty  photo Brian Hegarty
 Claire Hunter  photo Claire Hunter
 Nicky Hunter  photo Nicky Hunter
 Lucy Mead  photo Lucy Mead
 Julia Metcalf  photo Julia Metcalf
 Lesley Monkhouse  photo Lesley Monkhouse
 Sukhi Patter  photo Sukhi Patter
 Gael Phillips  photo Gael Phillips
 Bryony Rest  photo Bryony Rest
 Lisa Russell  photo Lisa Russell
 Mary Shaw  photo Mary Shaw
 Emma Silburn  photo Emma Silburn
 Kathryn Smales  photo Kathryn Smales
 Matthew Smith  photo Matthew Smith
 Elspeth Thomson  photo Elspeth Thomson
 Cliff Veitch  photo Cliff Veitch
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Children Law and Private
Law Society Children Panel

TESTIMONIAL: This is the second time we have used David Gray Solicitors and have been extremely impressed on both occasions. This time they handled the conveyancing on our property sale; our allocated conveyancer was courteous, prompt and very professional.The transaction was managed without issue and we will be using David Gray Solicitors in the future without hesitation.

TESTIMONIAL: The team were very helpful throughout the process of buying our first home, Much appreciated for everything they have done to get all the problems sorted. Highly recommended.

TESTIMONIAL: Very honest, helping , genuine and quite economical as well – knowledgeable firm

TESTIMONIAL: I would recommend David Gray Solicitors without any hesitation, they were very professional in dealing with my case. I felt in good hands which made it very easy for me to cope with my case. Thank you for getting me an excellent result.

TESTIMONIAL: Very efficient service. My solicitor handled the work with knowledge, confidence and professionalism. I would fully recommend David Gray solicitors

TESTIMONIAL: One of Newcastle’s larger and more professional solicitors. Used this company twice and they were very helpful and speedy. Will definitely use them again.