Gary has a broad knowledge of housing law and has been practising in this area for the over 10 years. He also has experience of health and welfare applications in the Court of Protection and cases involving DOLS, along with a particular interest in cases concerning Disability Discrimination issues and community care law.
Before being called to the Bar and commencing his pupillage at Garden Court North (which he completed in December 2012), Gary was a partner at a niche housing law firm.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Gary has a broad knowledge of housing law and has been practising in this area for the over 10 years. His housing law experience to date includes possession proceedings across a range of different tenures; mandatory and restraining injunctions; homelessness; disrepair (both claims and counterclaims); litigation arising from succession disputes; unlawful eviction and trespass to goods; demotion claims; introductory and starter tenancy cases; arrests; committals; contractual disputes arising from tenancy agreements. He has experience of conducting housing law cases involving public law challenges to social landlords.
Court of Protection
Gary has experience of health and welfare applications in the Court of Protection and cases involving DOLS. He has acted for RPRs, litigation friends and the Official Solicitor. He has also been instructed in a case under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court to protect vulnerable adults.
Gary has experience of many cases where defendants are protected parties and either a litigation friend or the Official Solicitor is appointed. Disability discrimination issues remain at the forefront of housing litigation, particularly arising from mental impairments and Gary has experience of defences being run under the Equality Act 2010 within injunction and possession proceedings.
Leading junior - Social Housing - Northern Bar (2016) "Formerly a solicitor, he has over ten years' experience in housing law. His practice covers a range of social housing matters, including Court of Protection proceedings and cases involving vulnerable tenants. "He's really knowledgeable and bright, and is very able - he knows his stuff." "He's excellent with clients." Recent work: Acted in multiple Equality Act proceedings, deploying Equality Act defences to possession injunction cases. (Chambers and Partners 2016)
Leading junior - Social Housing - Northern Bar (2015) "Gary Willock handles a range of social housing matters including the representation of vulnerable clients in cases such as antisocial behaviour and claims for possession. "He advises clients tactically, and really understands the vulnerable clients we see." (Chambers and Partners 2015)
PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS
30/10/12 - Once more unto the breach: CPR 81, housing injunctions and committal applications
Seminars and training
2015 Homelessness Vulnerability- The New Law (Shelter Training)
2015 How to do Judicial Review (Public Law Project)
2014 Part 1 of Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – Some Practicalities for Housing Lawyers (delivered in-house to various firms and organisations)
2014 Unlawful Eviction: Types of Damages (GCN Housing seminar)
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts