There are two types of lawyers in England. A barrister pleas court cases while a solicitor handles other legal proceedings. In 1695, the first member of the Gray family became a solicitor in York. William Gray, who was born in 1751, became a partner in Graves & Gray before the end of the century. In 1843, the law firm changed its name to Grays Solicitors. In 1897, the lawyers moved into this red brick, Victorian building on Duncombe Place. Their clients include land owners, families, businesses and charities.