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Elspeth Thomson

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  • I have got through it with your support and you have kept me on the right tracks for the last 12 months too - even if it was sometimes things I didn't want to hear! ..... if we hadn't have had such a great solicitor (our daughter's) life could have turned out very different.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    I really appreciate all you have done over the last couple of years. I simply wouldn't be where I am without your help.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    Firstly many thanks for handling our case and its successful outcome, we are delighted that matters have been sorted.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    Honestly the best decision of my life walking into David Gray Solicitors and I couldn’t thank you enough taking on my case Elspeth, thank you so much!

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    Thank you so much for doing everything to help me get the boys back.  You and your team do such a great job and I hope yous have as much happiness as I have now the boys are back where they belong.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    We used David Gray Solicitors LLP when we adopted a baby boy from an orphanage in Africa, and wished to have him legally adopted in the UK. The service we received was superb; a special mention should be made for Elspeth, she gives the law profession an excellent name. Elspeth was without doubt the key reason for the success of our case.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    I could not have asked for any better than my solicitor Elspeth, she has been my champion. I don’t have the words to thank her enough as she has been my biggest support for more than a year now. I can rate her 10 out of 10 for her professionalism, her competence and her fair advice.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    We are immensely grateful to you and your team for the outcome of the court order today. The whole process has been quite stressful, but we felt fully supported and completely guided by you. You were a good friend rather than a legal contact. Your expertise of the law and how to overcome the hurdles in this difficult case were superb.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    Once again please accept our thanks for a job very well done.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    Words can’t tell how much we appreciated all the help you gave us over the past few months.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    I just wanted to write and thank you for all your hard work in handling my case – and for your kindness, patience and empathy.  Having you “fighting” my corner and advising me, made what was a very difficult time a little easier.  Thank you and best wishes.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    I just want to say thank you again for your help preparing my case, I got an amazing result from your hard work and I can’t be thankful enough.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    Elspeth is such an amazing professional, I feel I was very lucky to have found her for my case, she is a very knowledgeable, passionate and pro active individual. She always kept me updated about my case through emails and was always available for phone calls.Simply we need more people like her in this profession, I am really grateful to Elspeth.

    Client testimonial about Elspeth Thomson - Family

    I was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 after studying law at Cambridge University and have practised family law ever since. I now specialise in children law with a caseload consisting of public and private law children disputes, and adoption and surrogacy applications

    I also represent family members in legal cases and am 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.  In April 2019 I give evidence to UK Parliament on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill Committee in The House of Commons which can be viewed here . In May 2020 I once again provided remote evidence to the House of Commons during the COVID-19 lockdown, find out more.

    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) and member of the Institute of Family Law arbitrators. 


    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

    I am named as a key individual and Eminent Practitioner with Chambers and Partners, who state:

    “Her knowledge of children law is exceptional.”

    I am also noted as a leading individual in Legal 500 and was shortlisted for the Legal 500 Private Client Individual 2019 award and over the years the Legal 500 have stated:

    • 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”
    • 2017 Elspeth Thomson is “a clear leader in her field”
    • 2019 ‘Highly professional’ managing partner Elspeth Thomson ‘handles matters sympathetically’ and stands out for her expertise in adoption law including adoptions with a foreign element.




    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, a selection of which is shown below.

    Elspeth on The Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2 discussing Domestic Abuse (15.05.19)

    Elspeth on The Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2 discussing Grandparents Rights (13.03.19)

    Elspeth on The Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2 discussing the Domestic Abuse bill (21.01.19)

    Elspeth on BBC Radio 5 Live discussing the Alfie Evans case (27.4.18)

    Elspeth on Share Radio (30.1.17)

    Elspeth on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (30.12.16)

    Elspeth on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (15.9.16)

    Elspeth on BBC Radio London (4.5.16)


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