Gary heads our real estate litigation team in London. He is a Partner, with a particular focus on advising clients on disputes related to developments, real estate finance, and management issues.

He was recommended by Chambers (2011), which states he is praised by clients, who say:  ‘he pushes for prompt and appropriate resolutions, and keeps an eye on the commercial realities of real estate’. Gary is also recommended in Legal 500 (2010) for giving ‘clear, concise, commercial advice’.

He has dealt with a wide range of issues for developers, including disputes related to rights of way, restrictive covenants, party walls, Japanese knotweed and overage. He has a particular specialism in rights-of-light work and, having obtained an LLM (by research) on the topic, contaminated land.

Gary’s real estate finance experience covers high-value contested possession claims (including assisting with the enforcement of a £66 million credit facility secured by seven high-value properties, involving seven related possession claims) and title issues. His extensive management experience includes advising on all aspects of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995, as well as break options, rent reviews, dilapidations, alienation, tenant default, service charge issues and the construction of property documents.

In 2007, he was seconded to Vodafone’s estates team for six months to lead their legal team and deal with management work and issues relating to the Telecommunications Code.

Gary joined Osborne Clarke when he qualified as a lawyer in 2000, and qualified as a solicitor-advocate in 2005.  He has been a Partner since 2011.

Work

Invensys

Obtained, at trial, a declaration from the High Court that the tenants failed to validly exercise its break option and that the lease is continuing

Eurostar

Represented in a rent review relating to the subterranean area of Waterloo Station

Alburn

Provided strategic advice to a receiver about its rights to light that would be adversely affected by a proposed neighbouring development

large property developers

Advised a number of landlords as to their rights and obligations in relation to the CVA of the Travelodge Group.

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