Richard Gray


Richard is an experienced Commercial and Employment Barrister. Developing his advocacy and cross-examination skills in the criminal Courts, Richard quickly progressed into Employment Law and then expanded his practice to the Commercial sector.

Formerly a member of mainstream chambers in Manchester, Richard started Elysium Law in 2011. He had been instructed to act for clients in the United Arab Emirates in relation to a number of diverse, commercial matters that involved complex, cross-border, jurisdictional disputes. This needed not only legal but strategic input when discussing his Client’s needs with the authorities in Dubai.

Following his success and in continuance of the service of his clients, Richard formed Elysium as a concept and resigned from chambers to pursue the idea to fruition. That concept took shape and has grown into the firm it is. Dedicated to his clients, with a love for his work, Richard has driven Elysium from strength to strength and the firm continues to grow.

Areas of Expertise


Richard built up extensive experience as Employment Counsel, both for the employer and employed. He has represented large multi-nationals such as Coca-Cola and Mowlem and working closely with his clients Richard began to deal with more and more work in the commercial sector.


For over ten years Richard’s main body work has been based in the Commercial sector, working for everyone from Owner Managed Businesses and SMEs to large Multinationals. This has helped develop Richard’s expertise specifically in the commercial litigation and tax sectors.

Richard’s commercial offerings include drafting and acting upon the sale and purchase of companies, share agreements and business contracts and advising on all aspects of company law.


A Natural progression to working with all aspects of business and company advice is representation in commercial litigation, both for the Claimant and Defendant. Elysium has successfully acted for many clients either pursuing claims or defending them. An important part of litigation is Alternative Dispute Resolution such as mediation and Richard is also a qualified Mediator, although with our busy workload does not practice in this capacity.

Professional Negligence

One of Elysium’s key areas of work is Professional Negligence. We have built up vast experience in various with various claims against previous professional advisors including solicitors, accountants and financial advisors. We are experienced at dealing with insurers lawyers and built up a good understanding of the commerciality of such claims to the claimant.


Richard does considerable work on tax matters, both for the individual and company. He advises on individual planning to set clients up in the best possible way to deal with future tax liabilities such as IHT and CGT upon Business Sales. He also offers representation in disputes with HMRC appearing at the FTT and in the Crown Court defending a FCA prosecution. Elysium’s tax offering is extensive, and we work closely with both Chartered tax professionals and Tax Counsel to deal with tax issues which have arisen today and to plan for the needs of the Client.