Elspeth Thomson


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I have experience in all areas of family law with an in-depth understanding and expertise in children law particularly adoption, child abduction and cases with a foreign element. I represent children and other family members in disputes between family members and in public law cases where social services are involved.  I have particular experience in cases involving suspected non-accidental injury to children.  I understand the importance of achieving outcomes where children’s best interests come first.

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 the 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 a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children and am also accredited as a member of the Law Society Family Panel and the Children Panel. I am accredited by Resolution as a specialist lawyer in the areas of private children law and domestic abuse.

I am an 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, and I am co-chair of the legal aid committee.

I am named as a key individual Chambers and Partners, and a leading individual in Legal 500, the main legal directories. .  The 2013 Legal 500 said the ‘brilliant’ Elspeth Thomson delivers ‘simply outstanding advice and service’, in 2014 the “personable” Elspeth Thomson is “well-regarded” and in 2015 has ‘a firm grip on case law relating to children’.

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 and Law in Action and Radio Newcastle.

I read Law at Cambridge University and qualified as a Solicitor in 1994.