Key practice areas: Class Actions & Major Projects
Qualifications: BA, LLB (Hons), currently completing a Master of International Law
Location: Melbourne (VIC)
Natalie Sheard is a Senior Associate in Maurice Blackburn's
major projects and class actions practice in Melbourne. She is a litigator
with more than 15 years experience who has worked in a variety of
government and private legal practices.
Natalie joined Maurice Blackburn in 2008 and is currently
conducting the Murrindindi Bushfire Class
Natalie has also acted in the:
- Centro Class Action on behalf of
almost 1,000 shareholders. This case settled in June 2012 for
$200 million dollars, the largest ever class action settlement in
- the Rubber Chemicals Class
Action involving an alleged global price fixing cartel.
Before joining Maurice Blackburn, Natalie worked as a senior
lawyer for the Commonwealth Director of Public
Prosecutions. She conducted prosecutions of corporations and
individuals for serious contraventions of the Corporations
Act and criminal law, and acted on behalf of Australia in
extradition and mutual assistance proceedings.
Natalie is committed to social justice and human rights and has
also worked at a community legal centre on a legal program for
indigenous women, and as a senior lawyer at the Human Rights and
Equal Opportunity Commission. In the latter role, she
represented the Commission in its intervention in a range of
proceedings involving alleged breaches of human rights including
the Commission's intervention in the Tampa litigation.
Natalie is the author of the chapter on "Mental Health and the
Intellectually Disabled" in the Laws of Australia. She is also
a member of Amnesty International.