Who We Are

Bruce Doyle is a specialist accredited family lawyer.  He commenced practice in 1983 and, apart from two years as Solicitor in Charge of Family Law for the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission in the 1990s, has been in private practice in Brisbane.  Bruce qualified as a mediator and arbitrator over 25 years ago and is a Collaborative Lawyer. He has held part time appointments dealing with:

  • Complex Child Support disputes as Senior Case Officer
  • Complex Child Protection cases as Deputy Chair of the Children’s Services Tribunal.

Bruce has held leadership roles in the profession as:

  • President Queensland Law Society 2011
  • President Family Law Practitioners Association Queensland 1999-2000
  • Law Council of Australia Family Law Section Executive 2001-2
  • Law Council of Australia Director 2010-11

Elizabeth Shearer is a general practitioner, who has worked as a solicitor and manager in a small and large, private and public practices since 1986.  Elizabeth specialises in the legal problems of everyday life, with a unique understanding of how all aspects of the law can impact a particular case.  She is an expert in the provision of Discrete Task or Unbundled Legal Services, and in dealing with clients with complex needs.  Elizabeth also trained as a mediator over 25 years ago, and has held leadership roles in the profession with a focus on professional practice and is currently:

  • Appointed to all States and Territories’ Professional Standards Councils
  • A Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
  • A Member of the Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee, Professional Conduct Committee, Practice Management Course Committee and Chair of the Access to Justice Committee
  • Member of the Supreme Court Library Committee.

Our Recent News

Family Law Retreat 2019

June 27, 2019

We were pleased to sponsor a plenary session at this year’s Family Law Retreat held at Noosa in June. Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court, the Honourable Robert McLelland and Sydney Senior Counsel, Mr Michael Kearney SC gave interesting presentations on the topic “No Starting Point of Equality: True or False?”

What is a trustee for sale and when do you need one?

April 29, 2019

The court can appoint a trustee for sale for property owners who cannot agree about whether or how to sell a property. The trustee can be appointed under either section 38 of the Property Law Act (Qld) by Queensland State courts or by the Family or Federal Circuit Courts under the Family Law Act.

About Shearer Doyle Law

Shearer Doyle Law is a law practice in Brisbane. Bruce Doyle and Elizabeth Shearer established Shearer Doyle Pty Ltd in 2013 to provide practical, individually tailored solutions for people with legal problems.

We act for clients directly, but we also act as independent experts retained to resolve part of a case. This may be alongside the Court Process or instead of going to Court.