The annual rankings by Chambers UK 2017 have been published and David Gray Solicitors LLP are delighted to find we have maintained our status as a Band 1 provider in the Crime and Family departments.

In addition six individual lawyers once again received rankings – four in Family and one each in Healthcare (Mental Health) and Immigration.  Mike Bishop, Partner has maintained his status as a Star Individual for his work on supporting those with Mental Health issues, Mike is one of only three individuals to hold this accolade.

The Chambers Guide is the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind and are trusted globally to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms.  The guide covers 50 cities and counties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and covers 70 specialist areas of law.

Elspeth Thomson, Managing Partner said:

“The latest Chambers rankings are indicative of the hard work and passion demonstrated by our team here at David Gray.   We have continued success in our family department and are delighted our Crime, Mental Health and Immigration teams have also been recognised.”

Regarding the family team at David Gray, Chambers stated:

Mary Shaw is a highly regarded collaborative expert with experience in alternative dispute resolution and mediation. She has an increasing focus on complex financial proceedings. Interviewees describe her as “a pleasure to deal with, a sensible and sympathetic mediator,” and someone who provides “the right mixture of professional and personal support.”

Elspeth Thomson is an authority on child law, specialising in care proceedings and international adoption issues. A prominent lobbyist who “sets a fabulous example with her dedication to clients and understanding of current issues,” she is also heavily involved in committee work. Sources commend her as “really professional, but also really genuine and sympathetic,” and as “a solicitor who is always willing to put in the extra hours and ask the awkward questions.”

Department head Lucy Mead is known to be “very passionate and always keen to make sure her clients do well.” Other sources mark her out as “conscientious, measured and sensible,” noting that she is supportive of clients and other solicitors. Her remit covers care proceedings, child arrangements, divorce and financial disputes.

Regarding the mental Health and immigration teams Chambers stated:

Mike Bishop “…has a superb knowledge and skill in the application of the law with respect to mental health and capacity,”

Bryony Rest is recognised for her “excellent interpersonal and analytical skills”.

More information about the listings can be found here.