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:

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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,

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 BJ;Sherry CS, 2010, 'Introduction', in Moses LB;Edgeworth B;Sherry C (ed.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, edn. 1, 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


Sherry C, 2016, Strata Title Property Rights: Private Governance of Multi-Owned Properties,

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

Conference Presentations

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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


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 (excl. Intellectual Property Law)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Land and Water Management of environments not elsewhere classified