22 March 2012

Carey Olsen makes second senior appointment in commercial litigation

Carey Olsen has announced the recruitment of senior lawyer Elaine Gray who will join the firm's Guernsey litigation and dispute resolution group on 16 April, 2012 as new Of Counsel.

The recruitment of Advocate Gray represents the second senior level appointment to the department in less than a year following the arrival of international contentious trust specialist Michael McAuley in July 2011.

Advocate Gray is an established commercial litigation lawyer with over 16 years’ experience of which the last six have been in Guernsey. Elaine originally qualified as a Scottish solicitor and notary public in 1995 before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2004 where she was admitted as an attorney-at-law. She then qualified as a solicitor in England in 2008 before being admitted asan advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2009.

Ms Gray’s practice predominantly includes employment law, intellectual property law and commercial litigation.

Market reports on the international legal sector such as Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and the Citywealth Leaders' List have previously recognised Advocate Gray's expertise in the context of her three practice areas in Guernsey.

"Carey Olsen is internationally regarded for its legal services  so this is a really exciting move for me. I’m particularly looking forward to joining the litigation and dispute resolution group which is a market leader in Guernsey. Working with the rest of the team to further develop the client services offered by the department across the Channel Islands is an exciting and attractive prospect," said Advocate Gray.

The hire also represents the further expansion of the firm's Channel Islands' employment practice following the appointment of senior associate Huw Thomas in Jersey in October 2010.

Guernsey managing partner and head of litigation, John Greenfield, said: "We are privileged to welcome Elaine to Carey Olsen and her arrival represents another exciting development for the litigation and dispute resolution group in particular which over the past 12 months has welcomed an additional three new lawyers. Elaine has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation, employment law and intellectual property and will further strengthen our services. She is a most welcome addition to our teams of experts who already practise in these fields and I'm sure that our clients will be delighted to hear of her arrival."