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Lucy Shanahan

Special Counsel
Fax +61.2.9513.2300
Ms. Shanahan is an experienced employment and industrial relations lawyer. She has expertise in dealing with a wide range of employment matters including executive employment issues, performance management, grievances, disciplinary matters, discrimination and termination of employment. Ms. Shanahan is also an experienced litigator and assists clients on a range of contentious employment and industrial relations issues. These include applications relating to bargaining and industrial action, unfair dismissal claims, actions by senior executives and post-employment restraint matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Shanahan worked in the employment team of a large national Australian law firm.

During her career, Ms. Shanahan has been seconded as inhouse counsel to a range of government and financial services institutions. She is able to partner with clients and provide practical, strategic and commercial solutions to complex and day to day issues.

She has also worked for a not for profit law firm and the King County Bar Association in Seattle United States, and as an industrial officer for an employer association and an Australian national broadcaster.

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Shanahan is an experienced trainer and regularly presents seminars and training on a broad range of employment related issues including workplace investigations, managing ill and injured workers, and bargaining.
  • Developing and implementing a strategy to minimise industrial action during negotiation of collective agreements for a range of clients in the building, finance and manufacturing industries.
  • Preparing and presenting workplace training program to more than 200 long term employees designed to implement significant cultural change.
  • Managing internal investigations into serious misconduct resulting in criminal charges.
  • Successfully conducting litigation before the federal court in relation to the termination of senior executives.
  • Successfully advising and appearing on behalf of a major construction client in an application to summarily dismiss an application alleging breach of a national enterprise agreement.
  • Negotiating with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) regarding the provision of evidence to protect employee and business reputation and assisting a major public service organisation to manage investigation into corrupt conduct by ICAC.
  • Advising a large national employer on the industrial and legal implications of a national business restructure.