Elizabeth Shearer, Nominee of the Law Council Australia
Elizabeth Shearer is a solicitor who, as a general practitioner, specialises in the legal problems of everyday life. Elizabeth has spent almost half of her career in the legal assistance sector, including as Director of Civil Justice and Information and Advice Services at Legal Aid Queensland. She has also worked in policy and executive management in the public sector, and as a consultant to government and peak bodies on design and evaluation of legal assistance services.
She is a principal of Shearer Doyle Law, and also operates Affording Justice, a model of practice, pioneered by Elizabeth, offering discrete task services to meet the needs of “the missing middle” – that is people who are not eligible for legal aid, and who might not otherwise engage legal help when they need it. Elizabeth was the President of the Queensland Law Society in 2021. She is also chair of the QLS Access to Justice Pro Bono Law Committee, a longstanding member of the Law Council of Australia’s Access to Justice Committee, and an executive director of the Law Council of Australia.