Practice area(s): Social justice
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): BA/LLB (First class Hons)

Natalie Sheard is a Consultant in Maurice Blackburn's social justice practice in Melbourne. She is currently working on a pro bono class action for people detained in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

Natalie has a worked in various senior legal roles that reflect her strong interest in human rights and using the law to hold companies and governments accountable for their conduct. She was a Senior Associate in the Maurice Blackburn team that secured settlements in class actions for Black Saturday bushfires survivors and in the Centro shareholder class action.

Natalie has also worked on behalf of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in the Tampa litigation and contributed to the first HRC Children in Detention Inquiry.

“I see the law as an important tool to achieve social change,” says Natalie.

“I work with clients who are vulnerable and disadvantaged and have often suffered significant trauma, and I am continually inspired by their courage and resilience.

“I am particularly committed to fighting for gender equality and for recognition in Australia of the human rights of asylum seekers.”

Natalie has experience working for survivors of sexual assault and is now studying for her doctorate at La Trobe University researching legal responses to violence against women.

Natalie is at Maurice Blackburn on Mondays.

Memberships & accreditations

  •          Northern Community Legal Centre Board member