Gary was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, in 1972. He read Law at the University of Manchester and qualified as a solicitor in 1998.
He is the resident legal expert on the BBC1 consumer affairs programme “Rip Off Britain” and “Rip Off Holidays”.
He has appeared as an expert on BBC Breakfast, Money Box Live and PM on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live and many regional radio stations and has hosted phone-ins for This Morning. Gary writes as “Legal Seagull” a weekly column in The Lancaster Guardian, which is syndicated to other regional press. Every month on BBC Radio Lancashire Gary writes and presents an update of topical legal stories and is regular reviewer of newspapers on the Breakfast Show.
Nationally, Gary sits on The Law Society Wills & Equity Committee, which has a remit to produce guidance for solicitors in England and Wales and to liaise with government agencies and departments regarding the law relating to wills, succession and mental capacity. He is also a trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), an umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. NCPC also run the “Dying Matters” Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Gary is Chair of Dying Matters. He is regular media spokesman for The Law Society and NCPC.
Gary regularly writes and lectures on legal topics including National Conferences at The King’s Fund, The Law Society and The Alzheimer’s Show.
Gary is the co-author of a Law Society publication “Charities as Beneficiaries” and has recently been commissioned by LexisNexis to write a chapter on the same topic for their publication “The Administration of Estates”.
Close to home, Gary chairs the board of The Dukes in Lancaster (an arts centre, independent cinema and the only producing theatre in Lancashire) and is also a trustee of CancerCare, an independent charity supporting North Lancashire and South Lakeland families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions.
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