2020 Bar Pro Bono Awards nomination – Christopher McCarthy: Young Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

04 November 2020

Christopher McCarthy has been nominated for Young Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in the 2020 Bar Pro Bono Awards. The award winners in selected categories will be announced at a ceremony tonight.

The nomination recognises his 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 meaning it had wide-ranging implications for many vulnerable tenants around Wales.

As a result of 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.

Christopher's nomination and his pro bono work

Christopher spent many hours during lockdown preparing for this very demanding appeal. A solicitor on the case described it as “put together with the utmost care and attention, leaving no stone unturned.”

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.

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.