Background

Gray leads the Insurance and Risk Practice Group at Civic Legal. He has over 35 years of legal experience, with more than 30 years of experience specialising in insurance litigation. Gray is a well-known and highly respected legal professional, with particular expertise in Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury. He acts for major Insurers as well as Local Governments.

Gray has considerable experience as counsel and instructing solicitor in all the courts in Western Australia. He has regularly acted as a trial advocate with experience ranging from Magistrate Court or District Court trials to appeals in the Supreme Court.

In keeping his clients’ interests at the forefront, Gray regularly helps them to resolve disputes through alternative dispute resolution processes without resorting to trial. His familiarity with complex claims enables Gray to tactically use settlement conferences and mediations to the advantage of his clients. A trained mediator through LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution), Gray is a negotiator who has succeeded in settling over 95% of his cases before they reach a trial. Over his career, he has attended in excess of 500 tribunal, court-based and informal settlement conferences, including more than 100 District Court pre-trial conferences.

Gray advises and represents clients on claims relating to building and construction, professional indemnity, loss, personal injury and workplace injury. He handles large scale litigation, such as multi-party bushfire claims which cover property damage, economic loss and physical injuries. He also assists clients by advising on and drafting insurance indemnity and exclusion wordings.

Gray has participated in mediations for Local Governments in the State Administrative Tribunal in complex construction disputes.

"I pride myself on doing a good job and being competent."

Experience

Insurance

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Workplace injury
  • Motor Vehicle Injury
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Property damage

Building, Construction and Infrastructure

Litigation and alternative dispute resolution

  • An experienced litigator, having acted as trial advocate in over 20 Magistrates Court trials, 3 District Court Trials and 3 appeals in the Supreme Court
  • An experienced negotiator, having attended over 500 tribunal, court-based and informal settlement conferences
  • Appears in the Magistrates Court of WA, the District Court, the Supreme Court, the Federal Court, the State Administrative Tribunal
  • Gray represents clients in large scale litigation, such as multi-party claims arising from bushfires or other disasters

Contracts

  • Drafts and advises on a range of contracts
  • Particular experience drafting insurance indemnity and exclusion wordings

Industry Associations

Current

  • Member, Law Society of Western Australia (LSWA)
  • Member, Law Council of Australia
  • Member, Australian Insurance Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Convenor, LSWA Personal Injuries & Workers’ Compensation Committee

Former

  • Member, Australian Lawyers’ Alliance
  • Member, WorkCover Costs Committee
  • Member, WorkCover Working Group
  • LSWA Representative, WorkCover Users Group
  • LSWA Insurance Advisory Group
  • LSWA Young Lawyers Committee
  • Sussex Street Legal Advice Centre
  • UWA Legal Advice Service

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (1980) – University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Arts (1980)- University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Jurisprudence (1979) - University of Western Australia

Admission

Supreme Court of Western Australia (1980)

High Court of Australia (1981)

Practice Areas

Local Government

Dispute Resolution

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