Elizabeth Shearer is a solicitor who specialises in the legal problems of everyday life. She sees her role as general counsel for individuals and small businesses and her practice encompasses family law, consumer law, estate law, property law and the various types of law dealt with in civil and administrative tribunals. She is one of two principals of Shearer Doyle Law, a small practice that also operates Affording Justice and Doyle Family Law. Affording Justice is a new model of practice, pioneered by Elizabeth, offering discrete task services to meet the needs of “the missing middle” – that is people who are not eligible for legal aid, and who might not otherwise engage legal help when they need it.
Elizabeth was the President of the Queensland Law Society in 2021. She is also chair of the QLS Access to Justice Pro Bono Law Committee, and a longstanding member of the Law Council of Australia’s Access to Justice Committee. She is also an elected member of the Executive of the Law Council of Australia. Elizabeth has also served on the Professional Standards Councils of all States and Territories and is a member of the Supreme Court of Queensland Library Committee and the University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre Advisory Board.