Rebecca Shelley

Special Counsel

Qualifications: LLB, BSc, GradDipLegalPrac



Rebecca has been working in the legal profession since 1998. Her practice has focussed on insurance litigation, predominantly workers’ compensation claims. Rebecca has advised insurers in both NSW and ACT in respect of the defence of claims and provides high level strategic advice in respect of their commercial interests. Rebecca also has extensive experience in advising the Commonwealth in relation to workers’ compensation matters. In a previous role Rebecca has successfully held the position of National Client Service Manager for Comcare, which, as a significant client, brought enormous responsibility from a business perspective.

Rebecca is focussed on delivering high-quality outcomes for her clients. She is familiar with all aspects of the claim process and has experience in appearing in the ACT Magistrates Court, ACT Supreme Court, Federal Court of Australia and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Rebecca regularly represents clients in informal settlement conferences and conciliation conferences/mediations.

Rebecca has completed secondments with Comcare in its Asbestos Litigation Team which required skills in dealing with fast-paced litigation, providing instructions, analysing advice and providing opinions to senior management. Rebecca has also undertaken a secondment in the Appeals section of Comcare relating to Federal Court matters which required extensive liaison with Counsel and being involved in robust discussions regarding the likelihood of success on appeal of various matters.

Rebecca has extensive experience in supervising and mentoring junior members of staff and works closely with her team in a collaborative manner. The nature of the work Rebecca undertakes necessarily requires a fast turnaround and Rebecca has been acknowledged by clients regarding her ability to meet tight deadlines.


  • Successfully defending Comcare’s interests in a claim, which attracted media attention, by an employee who had been bullied and harassed by his supervisor. This matter involved managing multiple witnesses, legal representatives from the agency and a difficult legal representative for the Applicant.
  • Advising in a matter involving a high-profile Applicant including  interviewing senior management and executive level academics and drafting witness statements. The personalities involved required careful management. Rebecca was also responsible for providing advice in the matter which went to senior levels of Comcare management given the sensitivities the matter attracted