Gary Lewis

Year of Call:
2010
Practice Areas:
  • Housing
  • Chancery
    • Profile

      Background:

      Prior to joining Chambers Gary lectured Law to students at undergraduate level. He lectured Commercial Law and Corporate Governance at the University of Liverpool and Criminal Law and Legal Skills at Edge Hill University. 

      Gary successfully completed his pupillage under the guidance of both Kevin Musaheb and Paul Whatley in the areas of Chancery, Commercial and Housing. He receives private instructions and publicly-funded work in respect of court appearances and paperwork (both contentious and non-contentious) on a range of matters including, amongst other things:

      Chancery - general property litigation, trusts and estates, TOLATA applications, adverse possession, overriding interests, compulsory purchase, personal and corporate insolvency, directors’ duties, partnerships.

      Commercial - contractual disputes, sale of goods, interference with goods, consumer credit, insurance law, agency.

      Housing - possession, trespass, succession, disrepair, ASBIs, committals, homelessness (acting for both landlords and tenants).

      Scholarships / Awards:

      • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn)
      • Bar Course Accreditation for highest overall score in Civil Litigation (Manchester Metropolitan University)
      • Elizabeth James Scholarship for highest overall Law LLB score (University of Liverpool)
      • Shelford Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn)
      • Hardwick Entrance Award (Lincoln's Inn) 


      Areas of practice:

      Chancery, Commercial and Housing

      Seminars:

      During his time with Chambers' Housing Department, Gary has provided a range of seminars and training to both solicitors and housing associations on a range of issues including, among others, the Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010, the Localism Act 2011 and the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

      Interests:

      Gary is a keen sportsman with a particular obsession with football – playing, spectating and even co-founding the "Cobden House Cup"; a quarterly match played between Chambers members and clerks. Away from sport Gary prides himself on his skills in the kitchen.
    • Testimonial Quotes

      "Intelligent, thorough and efficient. Very approachable and good at communicating with clients. He is also a persuasive and confident advocate." - Amy Tagoe - Stephensons

      "I have been instructing Gary, mainly on Housing matters but also on more general civil litigation, since he was called.  I have always found his work to be impeccable and of the highest standard.  He is extremely thorough and always goes above and beyond to assist.  He is very approachable, open and straightforward to communicate with and works flexibly to the clients requirements.  He always makes himself available to respond quickly in a crisis, providing  urgent and robust advice which is invaluable.  I would (and do) heartily recommend him to anyone" - Anthony Hesford - Anchor Housing Trust

      "Gary did an awesome job and speaking as someone who doesn’t give praise that often I was very impressed with his handling of the case."Graham Dunkley - Community Gateway Association


      “I have had the pleasure of instructing Gary across a wide range of commercial matters from County Court to Court of Appeal. His easy and affable manner is a boon in open Court. It is rare to find Counsel as good with paperwork as on their feet. Deadlines are always met and he acts with a professionalism that defies his relatively young age. A pleasure to instruct.”Paul Lever - Coupe Bradbury
    • Notable Cases

      Acted for a commercial estate agent in a multi-day trial before HHJ Beech in a case concerning the enforceability of a sole selling rights agreement entered into in respect of a multimillion pound business sale which included, amongst other things, allegations of mistake and misrepresentation. Gary secured a six figure settlement for his client after the third day of trial despite both liability and quantum initially being disputed in full.


      Represented the estate in its successful opposition to an application for permission to issue a claim out of time under Section 4 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in circumstances where there had been a 4 month delay. 


      City West Housing Trust -v- Lindsey Massey & Vincent Roberts -v- Manchester& District Housing Association [2016] EWCA Civ 704  – Gary represented the successful tenants at all stages of the litigation (including both in the Court of Appeal and on paper in the Supreme Court) in cases which concerned the interpretation of the test for suspending possession orders as set out in  Sandwell v Hensley [2007] EWCA Civ 1425. In doing so, Gary was the first advocate before Vos LJ to have persuaded him to grant permission in a renewed oral application where he had refused permission on the papers. Further, Gary was co-responsible for drafting the notice of objection and written submissions which were considered by the Supreme Court in dismissing the proposed appeal from the Court of Appeal. The judgment can be found via the following link:

      city_west_-v-_massey_[2016]_ewca_civ_704.pdf


      Christiana Properties Limited -v- Annauth [2017] EWCA Civ 1070 – Gary represented the successful appellant on appeal in the Court of Appeal in a case which concerned the construction of a compromise agreement relating to the repayment of rent arrears arising out of a commercial lease between the appellant-landlord, the respondent-tenant and a third party guarantor. The judgment can be found via the following link: 

      christiana_properties_limited_-v-_annauth_[2017]_ewca_civ_1070.pdf


      Zeeshan & Zeeshan v Mahmood (27th October 2017, Manchester County Court) - Gary represented the Claimants following an unlawful eviction and secured findings of dishonesty and a judgment in the sum of £36,250. The case note can be found via the following link: 

      [https://nearlylegal.co.uk/2017/10/deposits-lies-unlawful-evictions/]


      Appeared as a junior in a 10 day trial in the High Court concerning allegations of fraud in the execution of a trust deed; 

      Represented Defendants in complex multi-track proceedings in which the Claimant sought to set aside the transfer of a property on the grounds of mistake, non est factum and duress. Despite being listed for 4 days, Gary was successful in having the claim dismissed following half a day cross-examining the Claimant;    

      Represented the Defendant in a complex 4-day mortgage possession case concerning the application of the "unfair relationship" provisions and evidential issues between the parties spanning over 20 years; 

      Represented the Applicant in obtaining a worldwide freezing inunction arising out of on-going litigation in the High Court concerning allegations of undue influence and the transfer of significant assets in Pakistan; 

      Represented the Applicant-liquidator in obtaining a freezing injunction and a search and seizure order arising out of on-going litigation in the High Court concerning the alleged transfer of intellectual property rights; 

      Represented the Applicant-liquidator in director misfeasance proceedings against three directors in the High Court. Gary was successful in opposing an application for relief from sanction by one of the Respondent-directors in circumstances where a disclosure deadline had been missed by 1 day; 

      Represented the Respondent-director in director disqualification proceedings in the High Court; 

      Represented the Respondent in a 3-day public inquiry concerning the compulsory purchase of a property in Salford which gave rise to issues under the Equality Act 2010; 

      Smith -v- Contour Homes (Unreported, Manchester County Court,12 May 2016)  - Gary represented the successful landlord-respondent in one of the first cases of its kind to consider and apply the Supreme Court guidance in Ackerman-Livingstone -v- Aster Communities [2015] UKSC 15 in a residential landlord and tenant context

      Smith_-v-_contour_homes_judgment.pdf

      Gary was led by Stephen Cogley QC in the High Court before His Honour Judge Hodge QC and was successful in securing the dismissal of a winding-up petition in the sum of over £400,000 arising out of a complex dispute concerning allegations of unlawful eviction and breach of fiduciary duty by an alleged co-venturer.

    • Qualifications

      Bar Course: Very Competent

      Degree: University of Liverpool Law 
      LLB (Hons) (First Class)