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Who We Are

Elizabeth Shearer and Bruce Doyle are the people behind Affording Justice. Through our incorporated legal practice Shearer Doyle Pty Ltd, we operate Affording Justice, and our associated practice, Doyle Family Law.

Elizabeth Shearer

elizabeth shearerElizabeth Shearer has been a solicitor for 30 years and spent 14 of those years working at Legal Aid Queensland, where she was Director of Client Information, Advice and Civil Justice Services.

Elizabeth has pioneered new ways of delivering services to provide high quality legal advice as economically as possible. She worked on the establishment of a call centre to provide legal information and referral, set up a Telephone Legal Advice Service and piloted the use of video conferencing for legal advice. Elizabeth was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2003 to study telephone legal advice in the United States and the United Kingdom.  In addition to legal practice, Elizabeth runs a consulting business Managing Justice providing management and policy consulting to government and community agencies concerned with access to justice.

Elizabeth’s experience is in the law as it impacts on people’s everyday lives including with a focus on family and civil law problems.  She is active in the legal profession as a member of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) Council  and the Chair of the QLS Practice Management Course Committee.  She is also a Senior Counsellor for QLS, providing support to other lawyers with issues that arise in legal practice.  With Affording Justice, Elizabeth is committed to bringing innovative and affordable legal services to the many people and small businesses who cannot otherwise get access to justice.

Bruce Doyle

bruce doyleBruce Doyle is well known in the Australian legal community as President of the Queensland Law Society (2011) and a Director of the Law Council of Australia (2010-11).

Bruce is an accredited specialist in family law who has been in legal practice since 1983.  He devotes most of his time to our associated practice, Doyle Family Law, but Bruce is available to provided specialist family law advice through Affording Justice to people who want to talk to a specialist first, particularly in the area of Child Support where he has particular expertise.

Bruce also has a long-standing interest in access to justice and he has been a regular volunteer at a community legal service. He is also deputy chair of the Queensland Law Society’s committee on Access to Justice and Pro Bono Services, and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Access to Justice Committee. Through supporting Affording Justice, Bruce is keen to expand access to justice for the people who otherwise miss out.