Gary was born in Manchester and returned to live in the city in 1995 after working and studying in London. He then travelled and worked around many countries, including Brazil, New Zealand, Indonesia, Israel, Burma and India.
Gary trained as a solicitor at David Gray and Company in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, then came back to Manchester to join Thornhill Ince, where he worked until 2002, following which he was appointed Director of the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, a not-for-profit legal advice agency.
In 2004, he left to become immigration supervisor at Robert Lizar Solicitor in Moss Side, where he worked until forming Latitude Law in December 2007.
Gary is a Trustee for RAPAR and Chair of the Electronic Immigration Network, a charity providing online information in the field of immigration and asylum.
He is Visiting Lecturer in Immigration and Human Rights at the University of Law, an AILA International Associate, and contributed the immigration chapter to ‘Doing Business After Brexit’ (Bloomsbury, Sept 2017). With Gemma Tracey he is the author of “Deportation: A Practical Guide” (Law Brief Publishing, 2021).