Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): BA/LLB (First class Hons)

Natalie Sheard is the leader of Ideas@MB, which is based in Maurice Blackburn's Melbourne office.

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 had a senior role in the Maurice Blackburn team that secured settlements in class actions for Black Saturday bushfires survivors and in the Centro shareholder class action. More recently, she worked on the Christmas Island and unlawful detention of asylum seekers class actions.

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

In her current role, Natalie works with staff members throughout Maurice Blackburn on innovative ways to improve client experiences and the way we work. She is passionate about harnessing innovative ideas which increase access to justice and have a positive social impact. She works at the firm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Natalie is also studying for her doctorate at La Trobe University, researching legal responses to violence against women.

Memberships & accreditations

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Northern Community Legal Centre Board member