Our Experts / Darren Gray
A "diligent and effective" solicitor in Commercial and Banking litigation.
Darren has 15 years’ experience in the following specific areas of litigation:
- Group Actions (both bringing and defending – mainly against financial institutions)
- Supervision of search orders
- Civil fraud, freezing orders and asset recovery
- Employment related commercial disputes, eg springboard injunctions
- Construction disputes
- Breach of contract
- Breach of directors’ duties, shareholder and partnership disputes
- Professional negligence
- Judicial review
- Insurance disputes (both for and against insurers)
- Sports Law
- Catastrophic injury
Current and Recent Work
Unnamed -v- Liverpool Football Club – Darren acted for a schoolboy and his family in a claim against Liverpool Football Club and the Premier League arising out of an alleged breach of contract following Liverpool Football Club's breach of Premier League rules for which they received an unprecedented fine and ban. This attracted significant media attention:
Hopkins –v- (1) Pullen (2) Taylor T/A Ippon Judo Club CC Preston 08/12/2005 – successful defence of a claim before a high court judge against a judo club arising out of a serious injury that occurred with a novice in their first training session. Expert evidence obtained from Neil Adams MBE.
Machin –v- Trentham Gardens (unreported) – successful defence of a catastrophic injury claim arising from a mountain biking accident whilst the claimant was trespassing on the defendant’s land.
Lake –v- Warwick Racecourse (unreported) – successful defence of a racecourse following a claim brought by a jockey for a career ending injury arising from alleged defective design of the racecourse.
Banking and Group Litigation
He has successfully pursued a Group Action and established a compensation scheme with a lender. In excess of 6000 cases were pursued through the scheme and in excess of £21m was recovered. Darren has also successfully pursued and is pursuing several other Group Actions against lenders arising from allegations of fraud, a breach of fiduciary duty and a breach of the “unfair relationship” provisions of the Consumer Credit Act.
(1) Sinclair Collis Ltd (2) National Association of Cigarette Machine Operators (NACMO) –v- Secretary of State for Health  EWCA Civ 437 – lead junior for the interested party, NACMO, in a judicial review against the government’s plans to ban cigarette vending machines in the UK.
Colour Quest Limited –v- (1) Total Downstream UK Plc (2) Total UK Limited (3) HOSL  EWCA Civ 180 – lead junior acting for the defendants in litigation arising from the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Storage Terminal in 2005. Headed up teams across two firms in an electronic disclosure exercise that involved the investigation and review of c 2m documents.
Co-operative Group Limited –v- Birse Developments Limited & Others  EWHC 530 (TCC) – lead junior for the claimants acting in a claim arising out of defective works for a warehouse.
Cleveland Bridge UK Limited –v- Severfield-Rowen Structures Limited  EWHC 3652 (TCC) – lead junior for the defendant in a claim brought against it for alleged delays arising out of the construction of the Shard.
Darren has executed and supervised search orders arising out of claims involved intellectual property breaches. He has also been interviewed on Setanta Sports providing expert legal comment on a high profile football injury involving Iain Hume and Chris Morgan in a Championship game. He has written numerous articles and provided commentary on insurance and EU law issues related to the world of sport.
Darren is a member of the Commercial Litigation Association and the Annecto Group and has been recommended in the Legal 500 as 'diligent and effective'.