After several years working in commercial litigation in London, Donald moved to Wales where he pursued his interests in projects involving land and intellectual property. He co-founded Darwin Gray in 2002, bringing his expertise and skills in a number of specialist areas to the new firm.
Known for his hardworking and level-headed personality, Donald led both the Commercial Property and Intellectual Property teams for many years, acting on complex development projects with a focus on regeneration.
Since 1 April 2021, Donald now acts as a consultant for the firm, continuing to offer his renowned expertise and experience to deliver high-quality work for clients.
He thrives on making complicated legal issues manageable across a number of specialised areas, including the Welsh mining industry, coal authority licensing, and environmental issues.
In his spare time, Donald embraces photography as a creative outlet, and takes to the great outdoors on the weekends no matter the weather.
Chambers & Partners
Redevelopment of the Tramshed Cardiff from redundant industrial building to vibrant music venue and techhub.
Goodsheds Barry: redevelopment of redundant dock site to a mixed-use development including a container urban village.
Redevelopment of Newport Market. Redevelopment of the existing market hall to create now food court, office accommodation and social housing units.
Regeneration of Albert Hall in Swansea. Redevelopment of iconic building as a music venue as well as to include offices, accommodation and food hall.
Security issues in construction
Welsh mining and environmental issues
Copyright and databases, licences of copyright and software
Consultant, Darwin Gray – 2021 – present
Founding Partner, Darwin Gray – 2002 – 2021
Solicitor and Partner, Palser Grossman – 1992 – 2002
Solicitor, Edward Lewis & Co – 1990 – 1992
Solicitor and Partner, Philippsohns 1985-1990
Elizabeth College Guernsey
University of Birmingham
College of Law Guildford
I have worked with Darwin Gray for a number of years and the level of service, professionalism and timely response is second to none. I would highly recommend Darwin Gray to any business.”
Darwin Gray have provided us with a first-class service for many years now. They really take the time to understand our business and develop relationships which results in advice and support that is contextualised and effective.”
We have worked with Darwin Gray for several years and have always found their services and advice to be first class.”
An extremely professional and sincere company who make time for your queries and understand the need to break down certain facts and information to ensure everything is understood perfectly. I would highly recommend the company to anyone looking for any type of legal advice”
PSS has worked with Darwin Gray for many years. We have always received an excellent service. Prompt and professional advice and support.”
We have used several departments within DG recently and we have been very pleased with an effective, efficient and down to earth service. Very happy thus far and I expect that we will continue to use DG.”
Darwin Gray offer us truly superb services. Very professional, quick and services available bilingually which is very important to us, highly recommend.”
My “go to” in urgent and time sensitive cases for direction, support and advice. The team are quick to respond to calls or emails for advice and support on all matters. Always explain complex matters in a way a lay person can easily understand.”
Darwin Gray have acted for myself and my company over a number of years and at all times we have been treated with a professional manner yet maintain a common-sense approach at all levels. We couldn’t recommend them more highly.”
We have been clients of Darwin Gray for many years; they’ve always dealt with all of our legal matters with such professionalism. They work around us, even during awkward hours, and we feel confident we can always rely on them.”
Darwin Gray has been acting for Siltbuster for more than ten years. We would have no hesitation in recommending Darwin Gray to other organisations small or large.”
From the very first conversation, I had no doubt that Darwin Gray should be the firm to receive our instructions on this matter. I would have no hesitation in recommending Darwin Gray.”
We regularly instruct Darwin Gray. Their service in dealing with our transactional matters and disputes is always professional, prompt and efficient.”
Darwin Gray guided me through a long and extended process that would have been much more difficult had it not been for their patience and constant support.”
Excellent and efficient service. Great result achieved, highly professional and transparent on pricing. Would recommend.”
Superb legal service provided. Exceeded expectations. They went above and beyond in order to provide the best service possible.”
Very professional and understanding. They were a calming influence in a very troubling situation and they brought it to a very successful conclusion”
We have used Darwin Gray and have been seriously impressed. The personal approach is what Darwin Gray are excelling on and is the reason why we will continue to work with them in the future.”