The nominations recognise their pro bono advice and representation in the Court of Appeal case of Jarvis v Evans (in which Shelter Cymru were an intervenor). The case was heard in June and considered landlord licensing in Wales.
The case concerned the landlord licensing provisions in Part 1, Housing (Wales) Act 2014 and the protections afforded to tenants of unlicensed landlords. As a result of Sarah and Christopher’s success on behalf of the tenant, the landlord’s possession claim was dismissed and private rented sector tenants in Wales are now better protected against eviction.
As well as her involvement in the Jarvis v Evans case, Sarah has worked on other housing pro bono cases during the year. Christopher is also a mentor for the Chancery Bar’s Step into Law and More! scheme and has participated in its CLIPS (litigant in person support) programme.
The award winners will be announced on 4 November at the 2020 Bar Pro Bono Awards ceremony.
About the Bar Pro Bono Awards
Since 1997 the Bar Pro Bono Awards have been given every year in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work by barristers or chambers. There are now 8 award categories. The awards are supported by the Bar Council.