Gary’s practice covers the full range of real property work, including mortgage work (for major lending institutions and mortgagors), easements, restrictive covenants, land registration disputes, trusts of land and boundary disputes. He also regularly acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial as well as residential landlord and tenant cases and has a particular expertise in claims involving enfranchisement and pre-emption rights. He has extensive experience of appearing in the tribunal system. Legal 500 recommends him as a leading junior in Property Litigation.
Cases and Work of Note
Antoniou v Geogallides Acted for Claimants in respect of a claim to the ownership of a £5M home involving allegations of forged trust deeds.
Mansoor v Rosha Acted for Defendant in case regarding ownership of substantial property in north London, in which a stay on proceedings was successfully achieved on the second day of trial based on a res judicata arising out of a prior arbitration award. Also, acted for the Defendant in connected Arbitration Act proceedings brought by the Claimant which were discontinued at the Court door.
Acting for a major high street lender in a complex case involving unresolved points of law arising out of whether an order made in the First Tier Tribunal was made without jurisdiction, standing in those proceedings and whether forfeiture proceedings can be brought on such an order.
Acted for a Defendant in an extremely complex 5 party dispute over the ownership of development land involving a major developer, a major provider of social housing and 30 years’ worth of evidence and including a related professional negligence claim against solicitors who advised the Defendant on the original transfer of the land.
Acted for a major lender in a 7-day trial of a mortgage claim involving complex issues of fraud, undue influence and unconscionable bargain.
Acted for the Defendant registered owner of land against a claim for adverse possession in a 5-day trial involving difficult issues of conveyancing presumptions and evidence of the use of the land spanning 40 years.
Close Invoice Finance Limited v Pile  1 FLR 873, – one of the leading cases on the relevance of Article 8 of the ECHR on the enforcement of charging orders.
Dartmouth Court Blackheath Limited v Berisworth Limited  EWHC 350 (Ch)– acted for the landlord in one of the leading cases relating to tenants’ pre-emption rights under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.
Acted for a major high street lender in a complex Chancery Division case involving 11 parties and centred on unresolved points of statutory construction of the rectification provisions of the Land Registration Act 2002.
ETG Developments v Noah  EWCA Civ 1499 – acted for the Respondent in the Court of Appeal in successfully resisting an appeal involving the construction of a deed granting a right of way, on grounds other than those relied upon by the judge at first instance.