Gary attended Morecambe High School and then read Law at the University of Manchester. After taking his degree in 1994, he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law in Chester. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 and joined Joseph A. Jones & Co in 2003, becoming a partner in 2005.
Gary undertakes a mixed caseload of work. He spends much of his time dealing with will drafting and trust and estate administration and enjoys lifetime planning for high value and complex estates, including the mitigation of Inheritance Tax.
In recent years, Gary has also developed expertise dealing with a significant number of family inheritance disputes.
Gary has an interest in dealing with the affairs of the elderly, powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters. He is also happy to be instructed to undertake conveyancing and other residential property transactions.
Locally, Gary acts as Clerk to the Elizabeth & Richard Wilson Charitable Fund and the Banks Lyon Memorial Trust, both registered charities local to Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding rural areas, with the object of giving grants to local good causes. He is Chair of the Board of The Dukes, Lancaster’s iconic Arts Centre, which amongst other things is the only independant producing theatre in Lancashire.
Nationally, Gary has been a member of the Advisory Committee of The Law Society Private Client Section since 2007 (serving as Chair from 2015) and has sat on the Law Society Wills & Equity Committee since 2009. He is a member of the editorial committee of the PS Journal (a bi-monthly journal published by the Law Society).
Gary is a trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), which is an umbrella charity for those concerned or involved with end of life care. He is Chair of the Dying Matters Coaltion run by NCPC. He also sits on the National Mental Capacity Forum Leadership Group, which has a remit to share good practice about the implementation and use of the Mental Capacity Act including Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Decisions about future care.
Gary often contributes to local and national media, including writing a weekly column as “Legal Seagull” in The Lancaster Guardian, appearing as a regular guest the on BBC Radio Lancashire Afternoon Show and as the resident legal expert on the BBC1 consumer affairs programme “Rip Off Britain”.
Gary lives in Lancaster and likes to spend time in the outdoors including his own garden. He has three daughters and a step daughter at local schools as well as a (male) dog.