Shelley is an accurate and efficient lawyer who is always resilient in the face of a challenge.

Shelley is a Principal of the firm's Commercial division, specialising in commercial transactions, disputes resolution and insolvency. She regularly appears in the ACT Supreme and Magistrates Courts and Federal Court and is a strong negotiator with experience in advising clients on a range of complex commercial issues.

Shelley has the proven ability to achieve commercial resolutions during the early stages of legal matters and provides efficient and practical advice to her clients on a range of technical legal issues.

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CAREER highlights


  • Bachelor Of Professional Writing, The University Of Canberra
  • Bachelor Of Laws, The University Of Canberra
  • Graduate Diploma Of Legal Practice, Australian National University
  • ARITA Insolvency Education Program Certificate, Queensland University Of Technology
  • Barrister And Solicitor Of The Supreme Court of ACT
  • Register Practitioner, The High Court Of Australia

Awards and recognition

  • Best Lawyers In Australia 2021 | Commercial Law 
  • Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 | Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 | Commercial Law
  • Doyle's Guide 2020 |  Leading Commercial Litigation And Dispute Resolution Lawyers - Canberra
  • Doyle's Guide 2019 | Leading Commercial Litigation And Dispute Resolution Lawyers - Canberra
  •  Doyle's Guide 2018 | Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – Canberra (Recommended)
  • Doyle's Guide 2017 | Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – Canberra (Recommended)

community involvement

  • Board Member, Master Builders Association (ACT) Professional Council
  • President, Strata Community Association (ACT)
  • Professional Member, Australian Restructuring, Insolvency And Turnaround Association
  • Member, ACT Law Society

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Client Solutions

Leading Australian Painting Contractor
Construction dispute
Client problem

The client faced a series of claims submitted by a subcontractor seeking damages across several projects. These included illegal pressure for finalising projects under economic duress.

outcome achieved

Shelley successfully defended the client throughout all aspects of the case, proving the plaintiff was not exposed to any form of illegal pressure from her client.

Private Trustee Client
Trust Dispute
Client problem

The client contested they were the proper trustee of a discretionary trust, whilst a former trustee opposed the position.

outcome achieved

Shelley provided evidence to the Court, which led to the dismissal of all claims of fraud made against her client. Costs were awarded in favour of the client, and the plaintiff was denied any ability to have recourse to the assets of the trust in payment of the costs order.

Commonwealth Government Authority
Client problem

The client faced a self-represented litigant refusing to pay a series of taxed costs issued by the Federal Court to pay the client due to a previously failed litigation.

outcome achieved

Shelley successfully aided and represented the client throughout the case. The Court ruled the litigant had not made good on the allegations of abuse of process, fraud, and other misconduct allegations against the client.

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Shelley Mulherin's insights

 Lloyd v the Owners Corporation Units Plan 527 (Unit Titles)

December 9, 2019

Commercial Government

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