Associate Professor Cathy Sherry

BA University of Sydney 1991

LLB (Hons) University of Sydney 1993

PhD UNSW 2014

Cathy Sherry is a leading Australian expert on strata and community title. She provides advice to government and the private sector on the complexities of collectively-owned property, both nationally and internationally. She is currently on the Technical Committee for the United Kingdom Law Commission reform of commonhold.  Her book, Strata Title Property Rights: Private governance of multi-owned properties (Routledge 2017), the first academic legal monograph on strata title in Australia, has been cited by the Privy Council (O'Connor v Proprietors, Strata Plan No.51 [2017] UKPC 45). Cathy's research focuses on the social implications of private communities, as well as optimal planning for children.  Cathy has a special interest in urban farming and the challenges of providing growing space in high density cities.

Cathy is an academic member of the Australian College of Strata Lawyers (ACSL) and was a founding General Editor of the international property journal, Property Law Review.

With consistent student satisfaction rates of 98%-100%, Cathy is the recipient of a Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and a NSW Department of Training and Education and Australian College of Educators' Award. She was also a winner in the individual category of the Legal Innovation Index 2015, for her online Moodle site for Land Law. Cathy was named Academic of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in 2017.

Cathy is an inaugural UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellow and her Scientia Education Academy lecture is available here: https://thebox.unsw.edu.au/video/scientia-education-academy-lecture-seri....

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Book Chapters

Sherry C, 2018, 'Conflict between private and public restrictions', in Multi-Owned Property in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities, pp. 105 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56988-2_6

Sherry C, 2018, 'Can large-scale private regulation of land be legitimate? The problem of ownership, notice and consent in strata and community title.', in Altman E;Gabriel M (ed.), Multi-owned Property in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities., Palgrave Macmillan, UK

Sherry C, 2018, 'Strata Title: The New Feudalism', in Vols M;Sidoli J (ed.), People and Buildings: Comparative Housing Law (volume 2), Eleven International Publishing, The Hague

Sherry C, 2017, 'Accommodating childrens activities in the shared spaces of high-density and master-planned developments', in Designing Cities with Children and Young People: Beyond Playgrounds and Skate Parks, pp. 123 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315710044

Sherry C, 2017, 'Accommodating children's activities in the shared spaces of high density and master-planned developments', in Bishop K;Corkery L (ed.), Designing with Children and Young People: Beyond playgrounds and skateparks, Routledge, New York, pp. 123 - 136

Sherry C, 2012, 'Long-term management contracts and developer sbuse in New South Wales', in Multi-owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice, pp. 159 - 176

Sherry CS, 2010, 'The Complexities of Multi-owned Property: Australian Strata and Community Title and United States Condominiums and Homeowner Associations', in Bennett Moses L;Edgeworth B;Sherry C (ed.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, edn. 1, Lawbook Co., Pyrmont NSW, pp. 263 - 276

Sherry C, 2010, 'Long-term management contracts and developer abuse in New South Wales', in Multi-Owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice, pp. 159 - 176

Bennett Moses LK;Edgeworth B;Sherry CS, 2010, 'Introduction', in Moses LB;Edgeworth B;Sherry C (ed.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, edn. Original, Lawbook Co., Pyrmont NSW, pp. 1 - 11

Sherry CS, 2008, 'Care and Education of Preschool Children', in Monahan G;Young L (ed.), Children and the Law in Australia, edn. Original, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, Sydney, pp. 276 - 301

Books

Sherry C, 2016, Strata Title Property Rights: Private Governance of Multi-Owned Properties, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315690575

Bennett Moses L;Edgeworth B;Sherry C, (eds.), 2010, Property and Security: Selected Essays, ThomsonReuters, Sydney

Sherry CS;Rossiter CJ, 2007, Conveyancing Service New South Wales, Original, Butterworths, Sydney

Conference Presentations

Sherry C, 2017, 'Beyond Arrow Assett Management: Developers' Fiduciary Duties', presented at Australian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Hamilton Island, 01 March 2017

Sherry C, 2017, 'Foraging Down Under', presented at American Association of Geographers Conference, Boston, 05 April 2017

Sherry C, 2017, 'Does Discrimination Law Apply to Strata Schemes?', presented at Law Society of New South Wales Property Law Specialist Accreditation Conference, Sydney, 04 August 2017

Sherry C, 2017, 'Strata Title: The New Feudalism', presented at Beyond Sole Ownership, Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, Curtin University, Perth, 27 September 2017

Sherry C; Teys M, 2016, 'The Expanding Legal Environment of Owners Corporations', presented at Lateral Property: Land, Law and Power Beyond Freehold, Birbeck College, University of London, 29 January 2016

Sherry C, 2016, 'The Undersupply of Public Schooling in Sydney', presented at Australasian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, 04 May 2016

Sherry C, 2015, 'Oh what a tangled web we weave: Strata legislation, equity and the common law', presented at Australasian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Brisbane, 16 July 2015

Sherry C; Easthope H, 2015, 'High Density Development and the Need for a New Inner City High School', presented at Multi-Owned Properties Colloquium, Deakin University, 04 February 2015

Sherry C, 2015, 'The Social, Political and Economic Implications of the Private Property Law Facilitating High Rise and Master-planned Developments', presented at COBRA, UTS, Sydney, 01 July 2015

Sherry C, 2013, 'By-laws and the challenges those pose', presented at Griffith University Strata and Community Title Conference, Griffith University, 04 September 2013

Sherry C, 2012, 'Lessons in democracy and capitalism: What strata title can learn from orthodox property law', presented at Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), 10 April 2012

Sherry CS, 2007, 'Property Law and its Implications for Children`s Play', presented at Come and Play Outside: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium (Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth), University of Western Australia, Perth, 28 - 29 September 2007

Journal articles

Sherry C;Terrill L;Laurens J, 2018, '(Re)introducing a Closed Book Exam in Law', Legal Education Review, vol. 28, pp. 1 - 27, https://ler.scholasticahq.com/article/6366-re-introducing-a-closed-book-exam-in-law

Sherry C, 2017, 'Airbnb Short-Term Letting in Strata Schemes', Australian Law Journal, vol. 91

Sherry CS, 2016, 'Teaching Land Law: An Essay', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 25, pp. 129 - 149

Sherry C;Easthope H, 2016, 'Under-supply of schooling in the gentrified and regenerated inner city', Cities, vol. 56, pp. 16 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2016.02.008

Sherry C, 2016, 'Recent Developments in Strata Law: By-law making power and short-term letting', Australian Law Journal, vol. 90 (12), pp. 853 - 859

Sherry CS, 2014, 'Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? The Implications of United States Homeowners Association Law for Australian Strata and Community Title', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 23, pp. 94, http://www.lexisnexis.com/au/legal/results/docview/attachRetrieve.do?csi=267869&A=0.3730325729052081&ersKey=23_T21814817080&urlEnc=ISO-8859-1&inline=y&smi=18437&componentseq=1&key=5DNR-JD31-DY6R-W41Y-

Easthope H;Warnken J;Sherry C;Coiacetto E;Dredge D;Guilding C;Johnston N;Lamminmaki D;Reid S, 2014, 'How property title impacts urban consolidation: a lifecycle examination of multi-title developments', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 32, pp. 289 - 304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2014.899210

Sherry CS, 2013, 'Lessons in Personal Freedom and Functional Land Markets: What Strata and Community Title Can Learn from Traditional Doctrines of Property', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 36, pp. 280 - 315, http://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/

Sherry C, 2013, 'Building management Statements and strata management statements: Unholy mixing of contract and property', Australian Law Journal, vol. 87, pp. 393 - 403

Sherry CS, 2009, 'How indefeasible is your strata title? Unresolved problems in strata and community title', Bond Law Review, vol. 21, pp. 159 - 181

Sherry C, 2009, 'The New South Wales strata and Community Titles Acts: A case study of legislatively created high rise and master planned communities', International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, vol. 1, pp. 130 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17561450910974731

Sherry CS, 2008, 'The Legal Fundamentals of High Rise Buildings and Master Planned Estates: Ownership, Governance and Living in Multi-Owned Housing with a Case Study on Children`s Play', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 23

Sherry CS, 2007, 'The in personam exception to indefeasibility: Unregistered legal interests and `personal equities` in the Torrems system', Journal of Equity, vol. 2, pp. 71 - 75

Moses LB;Sherry C, 2007, 'Unregistered access: Wheeldon v Burrows easements and easements by prescription over Torrens land', AUSTRALIAN LAW JOURNAL, vol. 81, pp. 491 - 510, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213572900006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Sherry CS, 2006, 'Termination of Community Schemems', Australian Law Journal, vol. 80, pp. 19 - 20

Sherry CS, 2006, 'Termination of strata schemes in New South Wales - Proposals for reform', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 13, pp. 227 - 239

Sherry CS, 1997, 'Torrens Title Compensation for Loss - Recommendation for Reform', Australian Property Law Journal, pp. 251 - 258

Sherry CS, 1997, 'Meat Pies and Apple Tarts', Australian Property Law Journal, pp. 78 - 83

Sherry CS, 1997, 'Review of `Mabo: What the High Court Said and What the Government Did` by P Butt and R Eagleson', Indigenous Law Bulletin, pp. 25 - 25

Sherry C, 1996, 'Meat Pies and Apple Tarts: Spunwill Pty Ltd v BAB Pty Ltd (1994) 36 NSWLR 290', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 4, pp. 78 - 83

Sherry CS, 1995, 'Unilateral severance of a joint tenancy', Australian Property Law Journal, pp. 1 - 8

Sherry C, 1995, 'Unilateral Severance of a Joint Tenancy: Law Reform Commission Report 73, (1994)', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 8

Reports

Sherry CS, 2012, Strata and Community Title Discussion Paper, Australia

Sherry CS, 2012, White Paper: Strata Title in Norfolk Island, Australia

Thorpe A;Holley C;Sherry C, 2012, Submission to the NSW Government on the New Planning System for NSW Green Paper, Australia

Sherry CS;Working Party, 2011, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Working Party for the Prevention of Children Falling from Residential Buildings

Academic of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2017

Winner, Individual Category, Legal Innovation Index 2015

UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

NSW Department of Training and Education and Australian College of Educators' Award

ACCAL Research Award 2012

  • Cathy Sherry and Peter Butt, White Paper on Strata Title Law, Administration of Norfolk Island, 2011-2, ($93,000)
  • Cathy Sherry, Faculty Learning and Teaching Grant, ‘Connecting to the real world: novel use of Moodle for an authentic understanding of law’, 2015, ($9,050)
  • Leon Terrill, Cathy Sherry and Julian Laurens, Faculty Learning and Teaching Grant, 'Assessing the Impact and Consequences of Closed Book Law Exams', ($4,500)
  • Cathy Sherry, Law Foundation Grant for research project on Maternity leave in the legal profession, 1996, ($2000)

Property law, strata title, community title, liveable cities