Date of call to the bar:2000
Areas of Expertise:
Commercial & Equity
Constitutional & Administrative
Employment & Industrial
Coronial & Inquests
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He practices nationally and has extensive experience both in trial and appellate matters, undertaking a diverse range of matters whilst maintaining a leading practice in each of the specialty areas of employment/industrial law and also in public law.
Shane has appeared in over 70 reported decisions (including some cases which have been cited in excess of 600 other cases); and has appeared in the High Court on in excess of 40 occasions, many times as lead counsel.
Those cases have included a range of landmark decisions in industrial law including in the areas of adverse action, restraints of trade, senior executive and celebrity contractual disputes; as well as good faith bargaining industrial action and WHS. He has particular experience in sectors including: banking, mining, media, government, insurance and ports and transport.
In the public law field, Shane has appeared in many significant cases in the High Court and Full Court of the Federal Court, including the most recent High Court authority on the content of procedural fairness. He has a particular interest in statutory interpretation with a number of his cases referred to in Pearce & Geddes, Statutory Interpretation in Australia.
In addition, Shane has been involved in a range of significant commercial matters including tendering disputes and water licensing issues. He has also appeared in a number of coronial inquests and sensitive internal government inquiries, and settling of industrial awards.
He has consistently been briefed by leading Australian and international law firms and acted for many of Australia’s top companies and executives.
Shane has been nominated for the Justice Medal and was awarded a Humanitarian Award in 2015 for his pro bono work for refugees. He is a member of the Human Rights Committee, a past member of the Professional Conduct Committee and is secretary of the Industrial Law Section of the Bar Association and is an associate member of the American Bar Association. Shane has also advised the Cambodian Securities and Exchange Commission on establishing its stock market and been involved in a number of international commercial arbitrations emanating from South East Asia.