ANNE SHEEHAN

Bar Roll – 1998 
Admitted – 7th April, 1983

Phone – (03) 9225 8199
Mobile – 0417 949 970
Email – amsheehan@vicbar.com.au

ANNE SHEEHAN

Bar Roll – 1998 
Admitted – 7th April, 1983

Phone – (03) 9225 8199
Mobile – 0417 949 970
Email – amsheehan@vicbar.com.au

Admitted to practice in

  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Federal Jurisdictions

Area of Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary & Related Tribunals
  • Discrimination
  • Immigration/Refugee Law
  • Mediation
  • Mental Health
  • Native Title/Land Rights
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Personal Injuries
  • Professional Negligence
  • Workcover

About

Anne Sheehan is an advocate and a mediator. She accepts cases in a broad range of public law, common law and personal injury proceedings.

Anne’s public law practice includes all aspects of administrative law and public law—in providing advice, at first instance hearings and on appeal.  She is equally effective as an advocate in inquisitorial hearings and adversarial hearings.

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Anne acts in personal injury proceedings at common law and for statutory benefits for workplace and transport injuries. She appears in recovery proceedings pursuant to the Accident Compensation Act/ Workplace Injury and Rehabilitation and Compensation Act.  Her knowledge of medico-legal issues is also utilised in superannuation matters.

In the Coroners Court, in both WA and Victoria, she has acted for families of deceased and service providers in deaths where mental health, OHS, and adherence to the principles of accident prevention have all been prominent issues.

Anne has practiced as a barrister since 1998, initially in Western Australia, until she returned to Victoria in 2001. Prior to the Bar she was a solicitor for 14 years: as a senior litigator for the Aboriginal Legal Service (WA) for 4 years on test case Native Title ligation, as a partner in Ludbrook, Harper and Sheehan Ballarat for 6 years, and as an employee solicitor at Ryan Carlisle Thomas, Dandenong and Melbourne for 4 years after she completed her articles there in 1982.

Some of the cases in which Anne has appeared include:

Statutory entitlements and recovery proceedings:

  • Hewitt v Southern Health [2013] VCC 1247
  • Victorian WorkCover Authority v Epworth Foundation [2014] VCC 853 (20 June 2014)
  • Victorian WorkCover Authority v The Australian Steel Company (Operations) Pty Ltd [2015] VSC 58 (3 March 2015)
  • Victorian WorkCover Authority v The Australian Steel Company (Operations) Pty Ltd (No 2) (Costs) [2015] VSC 81 (13 March 2015)

Administrative Law:

  • EO v Mental Health Review Board [2000] WASC 203 (25 May 2000)
  • “W204/00A” v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2001] FCA 437 (19 April 2001)
  • SBAS v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2003] FCA 528 (30 May 2003)
  • VKAX v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2004] FCA 1432 (4 November 2004)
  • Styles v Murray Meats Pty Ltd (Anti-Discrimination) [2005] VCAT 914 (12 May 2005)

Disciplinary Proceedings:

  • O’Hara v Victorian Institute of Teaching (Occupational and Business Regulation) [2007] VCAT 1962 (13 September 2007)
  • Moran v Victorian Institute of Teaching (Occupational and Business Regulation) [2007] VCAT 1311 (31 July 2007)

Native Title:

  • State of Western Australia v Ben Ward & Ors [1997] 585 FCA (8 July 1997) 145 ALR 512
  • Ben Ward & Ors v State of Western Australia & Ors [1998] FCA 1478 (24 November 1998) 159 ALR 483
  • Ward v State of Western Australia [1999] FCA 580 (6 May 1999) (2000) 99 FCR 316
  • Underwood & Ors v Gayfer & Anor [1999] WASCA 56 (15 June 1999)

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