What is Arbitration?

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration offers a different way of resolving disputes. It is a form of dispute resolution where both parties to the dispute agree to arbitrate and the decision of the Arbitrator is contractually binding.  An Arbitrator is in effect a private Judge who can make...
The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019 – Firm of the Year

The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019 – Firm of the Year

Our family team were delighted to be recognised as the Firm of the Year (outside London) for their Private Client work helping families across the North East. Managing Partner Elspeth Thomson and Head of Family Lucy Mead received the award at a prestigious ceremony...
The end of cross-examination by perpetrators

The end of cross-examination by perpetrators

The government published the draft domestic abuse bill on the 21 January 2019. A number of measures are included in the bill including bring “economic abuse” into a statutory definition of domestic abuse and establishing a domestic abuse commissioner. Perhaps the most...
Separating: choosing the right process

Separating: choosing the right process

From 26 to 30 November 2018, Good Divorce Week will focus on how separating and divorcing couples can put their children’s needs first and limit the impact of any conflict. Resolution has timed this week to take place during the period for the government’s divorce law...
Ending the blame game

Ending the blame game

Good Divorce Week 2018- ending the Blame Game and putting children first. It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about children coming from a “broken home.” But when parents separate, if they deal with their separation issues well, children will maintain a strong sense...

Cross-examination by alleged offenders

In the Family Court, alleged offenders of domestic abuse are currently able to directly cross examine their victims. The All Parliamentary Working Group on Domestic Violence highlight that, ‘As well as being a traumatic experience for a survivor of domestic abuse,...
Chambers 2019

Chambers 2019

Once again several of our departments and solicitors have been recognised in the annual rankings from Chambers & Partners. The family team are one of only two companies listed as Band 1 for Newcastle with 4 solicitors gaining individual rankings. Managing Partner...
Top Solicitors in Newcastle

Top Solicitors in Newcastle

David Gray Solicitors has once again been ranked as a Top Tier firm in the prestigious Legal 500 2019 directory. The Family and Crime teams were ranked as Tier 1 departments in the North of England category. The crime team are recognised in both the fraud and general...
What is Family Arbitration?

What is Family Arbitration?

Read our Q&A on Family Arbitration to find out more or visit our dedicated family arbitration page. We have two Chartered Institute of Arbitrators qualified family solicitors here at David Gray – Lucy Mead & Elspeth Thomson – who are here to help...
The Thorny Question of Spousal Maintenance

The Thorny Question of Spousal Maintenance

The recent case of Mills –v- Mills as brought to the forefront again the ongoing problem of “how much maintenance and for how long”. The Mills divorced in 2002 and Mrs Mills received a capital sum to enable her to purchase a property free from mortgage.  She had been...

Congratulations!

Congratulations to solicitors Samantha (Sam)Farndale and Anna Curphey from the Family Law Team at David Gray on receiving their Resolution Family Law accreditations. Sam is now an accredited specialist in complex financial remedies, cohabitation & TOLATA and Anna...
Legal aid restrictions lifted for victims of domestic violence

Legal aid restrictions lifted for victims of domestic violence

The Ministry of Justice today announced changes to the law for victims of Domestic Violence, in place from January 2018 the new rules remove the current  time limit and allow for admission of fresh categories of evidence. Read the full news story  Managing Partner at...