Barrister wins award for Shelter case

18 November 2009

Andrew Walker

A barrister who worked on an historic case brought by Shelter has won the prestigious 2009 Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award.

Andrew Walker of Maitland Chambers successfully represented a couple of Shelter clients who had been the victims of a 'sale and rent back' scheme.

Paul and Amanda Jackson and their children faced eviction when the purchaser defaulted on the mortgage. Mr Walker persuaded the court to set aside the entire transaction, the first known instance of a person successfully challenging an action by either the landlord or mortgagee following a sale and rent back scheme.

The case was taken by the Shelter Children’s Legal Service. This project is established with the support of, and in partnership with, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The Service undertakes casework for the benefit of homeless and poorly housed children and young people, and its objective is to ensure that the interests of children and families are more fully considered in resolving housing problems.

John Gallagher, Shelter's Principal Solicitor, said;

'I cannot think of a more worthy recipient for the Bar Pro Bono Award than Andrew Walker. On top of his immense expertise, at Shelter we found his commitment genuinely inspiring. He remained accessible and supportive throughout, particularly with the clients at a time of great stress for them. Furthermore, as a result of Andrew’s skilled and innovative arguments, the case broke new ground in dealing with the problem of  sale and rent back schemes.'

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