Lucy Mead > David Gray Solicitors LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

David Gray Solicitors LLP

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Head of Family Department, Partner, Solicitor


I am a specialist family lawyer and have worked in family law since I qualified as a Solicitor in 2001. I have experience dealing with the breakdown of all types of relationships and the issues that arise from this including divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships, arrangements for children, injunctions and financial issues. I also have extensive experience in representing children, parents and other extended family members in care proceedings. My priority is to reach an early settlement for clients but in the event that this isn’t possible, I am also a skilled advocate, experienced in representing clients in Court.

I work hard for my clients and take a constructive approach to finding the best solution whilst fighting their corner. I adopt a sympathetic approach and understand how difficult family and relationship breakdowns can be. My aim is to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients. I also understand how important it is for clients to be heard and for them to have control of their case. I have particularly strong communication skills and have been described as extremely professional and knowledgeable.

As a Higher Rights Advocate, I represent my clients at all levels of the Single Family Court. I am also a qualified Family Arbitrator.


I am a member of the Law Society Children Panel and am a Resolution accredited specialist in the areas of Financial Provision, Cohabitation Breakdown and Domestic Abuse.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Institute of Family Arbitrators.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

Lucy MeadDavid Gray Solicitors LLP

The sizeable Newcastle-based team of specialised family experts at David Gray Solicitors LLP is ‘dynamic, professional and extremely helpful’ and ‘provides excellent service from start to finish.’ The group provides a comprehensive private family law offering and stands out for its public law family offering. Lucy Mead is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and a Resolution accredited specialist in domestic abuse, advanced financial provision and cohabitation. She heads up the team whose ‘level of knowledge is superb.’ The group’s managing partner Elspeth Thomson continues to represent adopters and children in cases with cross-border elements. Lesley Monkhouse who has particular expertise in parental alienation is praised by clients: ‘I could not have asked for a better person to take my case, Lesley’s knowledge of family law is unapparelled.’ Senior associate Anna Curphey specialises in care proceedings and child protection.