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Elaine Gray


Elaine is partner and head of Carey Olsen's Guernsey dispute resolution and litigation team and is also deputy managing partner of Carey Olsen in Guernsey.  She advises clients on commercial and trust litigation, and on employment, data protection, regulatory, competition and intellectual property matters. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in these fields and appears regularly in courts and tribunals at all levels in Guernsey.

Elaine is immediate-past President of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce. Elaine has been named as a leading lawyer in the Citywealth Leaders Lists each year from 2009 and is a member of the Chancery Bar Association.

She was previously appointed to the Population Employment Advisory Panel as representative of Guernsey's financial service industry.  

Elaine was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Litigation to the Guernsey Bar from 2018 to 2022.  

Elaine is a Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP/E).


Elaine qualified as a Scottish solicitor and notary public in 1995, before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2003 where she was admitted as an attorney-at-law. She then qualified as a solicitor in England in 2008 before being admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2009. Elaine is a registered Image Rights, Trademark and Patent Agent. She was made a partner at Carey Olsen in 2015, appointed Head of Dispute Resolution and Employment in 2018 and deputy managing partner of the Guernsey office of Carey Olsen in 2023.

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What our clients say

"Elaine Gray is a dedicated and relentlessly hard-working litigator who confidently takes the reins in heavy-weight disputes combining on incisive commercial instinct with a friendly and confidence-inspiring manner."

Peer review via Citywealth

"Elaine Gray is a leader in her field. One of the most respected employment lawyers on the island."

Legal 500

"She's got fantastic knowledge and she's really supportive of clients."

Chambers UK

"'Elaine Gray is an outstanding litigator and advocate and undoubtedly has the ear of the court. I have worked with Elaine on a long running hedge fund partnership dispute and her responsiveness and judgment have never failed."

Legal 500

"We instructed Elaine in a complex trust fight. Thank goodness we did. She ran rings round the opposing counsel. She has the ear of the court, earned – no doubt – through years of solid graft. The court knows to listen to her. She doesn't run bad points; she just wins."

Peer review via Citywealth