"Frequently advises on complex litigation, and has a great deal of experience in the Court of Appeal. Real estate forms the core of his chancery practice and he has notable experience in restrictive covenants and leasehold enfranchisement.
Strengths: 'Very user friendly, practical and commercial.' 'A good advocate, able to think on his feet during complicated contested hearings'.”
Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Highly experienced in appellate cases".Legal 500, 2017
“Frequently advises on complex litigation, and has a great deal of experience in the Court of Appeal. Real estate forms the core of his chancery practice and he has notable experience in restrictive covenants and leasehold enfranchisement.
Strengths: ‘He is incredibly together and calm.’ ‘He’s quick, responsive and able to deal with numerous questions arising out of very complex scenarios.’ ‘Gives clear and practical advice.’
Recent work: Instructed in Blackwell & Another v Bailey & Another, a case concerning an injunction designed to prevent the defendant pursuing a business venture in their home.”
Chambers UK Guide 2017 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Very strong advocate – particularly in tribunals; he has the ability to make complex arguments sound simple."Legal 500, 2016
"Frequently acts on complex real estate litigation matters. These include leasehold enfranchisement and mortgage related matters. Strengths: 'He has thorough analytical skills. He is pragmatic, imaginative and thinks outside the box.' 'He provides speedy and user friendly advice of the highest quality.' Recent work: Appeared for the respondent, the Phillimore Estate, in a significant appeal concerning enfranchisement valuations".Chambers UK Guide 2016.
"Experienced in complex litigation".Legal 500 2015.
"Continues to represent clients in major disputes arising from valuations, leasehold enfranchisement, mortgages and rights of way. He also has particular skill in adverse possession disputes. Expertise: 'He provides practical, clear advice, and is also very personable.' Recent work: Acted in a high-value lease renewal dispute concerning an address in Berkeley Square." Chambers UK (2015)
"A very skilled advocate with extensive property law experience."The Legal 500 (2014)
"Gary Cowen is an admired junior who amongst his property dispute expertise has recent experience of acting on adverse possession claims and taking on leasehold enfranchisement work. Expertise: 'A man of tremendous knowledge and tremendous experience, he’s a very wise and amiable barrister'. 'He is very effective and measured in his advocacy skills'."Chambers UK Guide (2014)
Listed as a Leading Junior The Legal 500 (2013)
"Gary Cowen is 'an intelligent and sophisticated' advocate, according to those that use him. He recently acted for Tetra Pak in obtaining an interim injunction preventing its landlord, Oracle, from blocking an access road to its offices." Chambers UK Guide (2013)
"Recommended juniors include the 'commercially minded' Gary Cowen who exhibits 'exceptional understanding of property law' ".The Legal 500 (2012)
"Gary Cowen recently appeared in the Chancery Division case Long v Sava, involving a claim to a prescriptive easement in favour of land occupied as a squatter. 'Very user-friendly and good to deal with,' he is a popular choice of counsel among solicitors." Chambers UK Guide (2012)
"Gary Cowen 'is commercial and pragmatic' ".The Legal 500 (2011)
"The 'tenacious and persistent' Gary Cowen acted in Country Estates Construction v West Oxfordshire County Council, a case concerning a restrictive covenant preventing interference with a landscape strip surrounding a development. Solicitors favour him as he 'has an exceptional understanding of property law and the added bonus of being commercially minded'."Chambers UK (2011)
"Gary Cowen 'provides commercially minded advice' ".The Legal 500 (2010)
"Gary Cowen won backing as 'a diligent barrister who is comfortable with numbers'. Cowen acted for Sava v SS Global, a case concerning adverse possession".Chambers and Partners (2010)
“Gary Cowen “never leaves a stone unturned” in his work”.The Legal 500 (2009)
"Covering the whole spectrum of property law, whether it be landlord and tenant, professional negligence or compulsory purchase, Gary Cowen is a "great advocate who thinks well on his feet". Sources remark that he provides "confident and thoughtful advice, particularly on the larger commercial cases".Chambers & Partners (2009)
Listed as a Leading JuniorThe Legal 500 (2008)
"Gary Cowen gives instructing solicitors and clients "solid, sensible advice" that they can take with confidence. His workload consists of a broad sweep of property matters, but he has focused most recently on the busy area of leasehold enfranchisement."Chambers and Partners (2008)
"Senior junior Gary Cowen is "straight and direct" and deals easily with a variety of commercial and residential property matters with mature commercial awareness".The Legal 500 (2007)
"Gary Cowen is recommended for his practicality and availability".Chambers and Partners (2007)
"Falcon Chambers boasts one of the top juniors for enfranchisement in Gary Cowen".The Legal 500 (2006)
"Gary Cowen is "sensible and switched on".Chambers and Partners (2006)
Listed as a Leading Junior in Property Litigation and Agriculture.The Legal 500 (2005)
"Gary Cowen is "sensible and commercially minded" in that he "has always been able to see the wood for the trees" and is "focussed on what the client wants to achieve."Chambers and Partners (2005)
Listed as a Leading Junior in Property Litigation.The Legal 500 (2004)
"Gary Cowen is increasing his profile in landlord and tenant work, with particular focus on boundary disputes".The Legal 500 (2004) Agriculture Section
"Gary Cowen has been praised for his work in 2002".The Legal 500 (2002)
"Recommended as up and coming"Chambers and Partners Guide (1999/2000)
"One to watch"The Lawyer: Landlord and Tenant Bar focus.