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Shirley graduated from the Australian National University in 2010 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2012.

Shirley completed her articles and practised with a well-established Western Australian law firm in the areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution before joining Civic Legal in 2023.

Shirley is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin).

"I enjoy finding solutions and formulating strategies to help clients achieve the best possible outcome, and approach matters with a view that costs should generally be proportionate to the dispute or claim.”


Shirley has appeared as counsel and acted as instructing solicitor in contested matters before the Federal Court of Australia as well as the Supreme Court and District Court of WA.

Shirley has experience in contract and property disputes, contested probate and estate administration, family provision claims, claims in misleading and deceptive conduct, negligence and breach of duties and associated recovery actions.

She has advised local governments in negotiations over community contributions and road user agreements. She has also undertaken work on other infrastructure projects. Her work includes advising on statutory compliance and contractual matters.

Shirley also has a particular interest in Native Title law and regularly represents and advises Native Title claim groups, Aboriginal corporations and Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate on a range of issues including land access, compensation, heritage matters and future act conferences before the National Native Title Tribunal. Shirley also works closely with various indigenous and not-for-profit groups to advise on governance structures, constitutions, policies and community consultation and authorisation meetings.

Shirley brings her litigation, Native Title and commercial experience to bear in the commercial/local government team within Civic Legal.

Industry Associations


  • International Commission of Jurists (Western Australia Branch) – Treasurer
  • Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society (Western Australia Chapter) – Treasurer and Management Committee
  • Member of the Law Society of Western Australia

Australian National University

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and International Business Majors) (2010)


Supreme Court of Western Australia (2012)

High Court of Australia (2012)

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