Sarah Salmon was highly commended in the Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year category at the 2020 Bar Pro Bono Awards virtual ceremony. The category had a record number of nominees this year.
The accolade recognises her pro bono advice and representation in the Court of Appeal case of Jarvis v Evans (in which Shelter Cymru were an intervenor).
Lord Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice said she had been highly commended “for her strong collaboration with her junior counsel as well as her own dedication to the case”. He said that “the judges had been overwhelmed by the calibre and breadth of work” by the nominees in the category.
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 Sarah’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 McCarthy who was Sarah’s junior on the case has been nominated for Young Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in the 2020 Bar Pro Bono Awards for his work on the matter. The winner in that category will be announced at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference later this month.