He's really knowledgeable and bright, and is very able - he knows his stuff...He's excellent with clients.

Overview

Gary has a very wide practice in housing law and in particular where tenants are mentally ill, lack mental capacity or are vulnerable in some other way. He is regularly instructed on cases which involve the Equality Act 2010 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Before being called to the Bar and commencing his pupillage at Garden Court North Chambers (which he completed in December 2012), Gary was a partner at a niche housing law firm. Even longer ago than that, Gary was a teacher in further and higher education.

Housing

Gary’s housing law experience covers possession proceedings across a range of different tenures, including the Rent Act 1977; mandatory and restraining injunctions; homelessness (particularly on the issue of priority need; disrepair (both claims and counterclaims); litigation arising from succession disputes; unlawful eviction and trespass to goods; Article 8 and public law issues within introductory and starter tenancy cases. He has a very wide experience of rent arrears and anti-social behaviour cases where the defendants have mental health problems. He has a particular interest in hoarders and hoarding cases. He is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor.

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 represented tenants in both housing cases and COP cases where those jurisdictions have been invoked simultaneously. He has also been instructed in a case under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court to protect vulnerable adults.

Discrimination

Disability discrimination issues remain at the forefront of housing litigation, particularly arising from mental impairments and Gary has wide experience of defences and counterclaims being run under the Equality Act 2010 within injunction and possession proceedings.

Community care and mental health

In the context of housing-related issues, Gary has experience of advising and representing in community care cases involving issues arising from assessments and provision of care.

Injunctions and breaches of injunction

Gary has extensive experience of advising and representing in injunction and breaches of injunction cases.

Memberships

  • Supporter of the Bar Council’s work with Pathways To Law (aiming to widen access to the Bar for state school students); and
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Recommendations

His broad experience in the sector encompasses areas such as possession proceedings, mandatory and restraining injunctions, succession disputes and unlawful eviction cases. He also comes recommended for his experience in representing individuals who lack capacity. Strengths: "Has tremendous breadth of experience, and is thoroughly pleasant, realistic and knowledgeable." "Absolutely excellent. He's very good at thinking of novel ways to solve cases."Chambers and Partners 2018
His broad experience in the sector encompasses areas such as possession proceedings, mandatory and restraining injunctions, succession disputes and unlawful eviction cases. Strengths: "Well prepared and sensible, he will always strive to achieve the best outcome for the client."  Chamber and Partners 2017
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
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

 

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