David Gray-Jones specialises in employment law. Before being called to the Bar he was a solicitor-advocate and a partner at Thomas Mansfield, a specialist employment law firm. He has conducted advocacy in employment tribunals for a number of years and has appeared before the Employment Appeal Tribunal on a number of occasions. He has also appeared before the Court of Appeal as both sole counsel and with leading counsel. He also has experience of appearing as an advocate before the tax tribunal and the NMC. He has been complimented for his calm, effective advocacy.
He provides advice to both individuals and organisations on all aspects of employment law. In addition to employment law he also advises on data protection, disciplinary and regulatory matters and human rights. He also carries out civil litigation work.
Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
National Minimum Wage
Appointments & Memberships
- Inner Temple
- Employment Lawyers Association
The Court of Appeal
Hughes v Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltd (No. 2)  EWCA Civ 1061
An important authority on the interpretation of the Working Time Regulations 1998 and in particular the provisions granting entitlement to rest breaks and compensatory rest.
Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Others  EWCA Civ 257
Whether tribunal correct to conclude that a summary dismissal for poor attitude was fair and neither wrongful nor discriminatory [appeared as junior counsel].
The Employment Appeal Tribunal
Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltd v Hughes UKEAT/0196/08
Interpretation of the provisions granting entitlement to rest breaks and compensatory rest under the Working Time Regulations 1998.
Cavendish Munro Professional Risks Management Ltd v Geduld UKEAT/0195/09
A leading authority on the interpretation of the “whistleblowing” provisions under section 43A – 43L of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and in particular the meaning of “protected disclosure”.
Kuncharalingam v Word by Word Translations Ltd UKEAT/0269/10
Whether tribunal erred in finding Claimant neither employee nor worker and that accordingly it had no jurisdiction to hear his complaints of unfair dismissal and age discrimination.
Hughes v Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltd (No. 2) UKEAT/0173/10
Further appeal in a case on the interpretation of the provisions granting entitlement to rest breaks and compensatory rest under the Working Time Regulations 1998.
Dabson v David Cover & Sons Ltd UKEAT/0374/10
Fairness of consultation and application of selection criteria in redundancy dismissal.
Shannon v Rampersad  UKEAT 0050/15
Entitlement of a night worker to National Minimum Wage and annual leave under the Working Time Regulations 1998.
The Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Saint Helena and the Ascension Island
Francis v Attorney General
The application of provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Human Rights Act 1998 to a British Overseas Territory.
Upper Tax Tribunal
Moorthy v HMRC  UKUT 0013 TCC
Taxability of damages and other payments made to compensate for discrimination.
GDPR and Privacy
David can advise individuals and organisations on their rights and obligations under the GDPR. He can also advise and act in relation to privacy cases and misuse of confidential information. As a solicitor he represented the Claimant in Andrea Brown v Commissioner of Police as the Metropolis and The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, a successful claim against two police forces for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, Article 8 of HRA 1998 and misuse of confidential information. David was also involved in BUQ v HRE  EWHC 774 (QB), a case involving an application for an injunction to prohibit a senior employee and shareholder of a company from disclosing sexual information in Employment Tribunal proceedings against the company and the group chief executive.
David can advise and act for individuals and organisations in commercial and contractual disputes, including drafting pleadings, appearing at interlocutory hearings and trials and advising on enforcement of judgments and costs.
David can accept instructions from individuals and organisations on a direct public access basis, and as a former solicitor is very experienced in providing advice and representation directly to clients.