I am a family solicitor with over 20 years experience of representing family members in legal cases. I am also the managing partner of David Gray Solicitors LLP with responsibility for the strategic planning and operational running of the firm.
I have represented children, parents, step-parents and adopters in adoption cases and have a thorough understanding of this complex area of law.
I have spent many years representing people experiencing domestic abuse and I am very sensitive to the issues involved.
As a Higher Rights Advocate, I enjoy representing my clients in all levels of the family court. I take time to listen to what is important for my clients and do my best to use the law to help them achieve their aims. I know the law can sound complicated and I try to explain things in a way that people can understand easily. I know that having a family legal problem is very stressful and I try to make things as easy as I can for my clients.
I am an accredited arbitrator (children’s issues).
I hold the following accreditations and memberships :
- elected national committee member of Resolution which represents over 6000 family justice professionals throughout the country who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes
- co-chair of the Resolution legal aid committee.
- member of the Association of Lawyers for Children
- accredited as a member of the Law Society Family Panel and the Children Panel
- accredited by Resolution as a specialist lawyer in the areas of private children law and domestic abuse
2013 the “brilliant” Elspeth Thomson delivers “simply outstanding advice and service”
2014 the “personable” Elspeth Thomson is “well-regarded”
2015 Elspeth Thomson has “a firm grip on case law relating to children”
2016 Elspeth Thomson is “highly regarded and a clear leader in the field”
I am often asked to comment on legal issues in the media and have appeared on BBC2’s Newsnight, Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, Law in Action and Radio Newcastle. I read Law at Cambridge University and qualified as a Solicitor in 1994.