London, April 12, 2000
Irving: The judgement
Judge is a skilled libel court combattant
MR JUSTICE Gray (right) is best known from his time at the Bar as a regular sparring partner of George Carman, QC.
A leading libel silk until he was promoted to the High Court in 1998, he often found himself on the other side from Mr Carman in the big high-profile libel battles. They faced each other so often observers kept a tally of their wins. They had six encounters in all, of which Mr Carman won four. As Charles Gray, the QC's most famous win was for Lord Aldington in 1989 when he won £1.5 million for him -- although the victory has since turned sour and the Tory peer has received not one penny from the man he sued, the historian Count Tolstoy.
He also won £200,000 for Jason Donovan after The Face magazine suggested that the singer was gay, and £50,000 for Oliver Reed, who was alleged to have beaten his wife.
Mr Justice Gray, 57, is the son of an orthopaedic surgeon and was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Oxford. He spends most of his time at his West London flat but also has a home in Dorset. His hobbies are skiing, travel and walking.
April 12, 2000