Shae McCartney

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

Shae McCartney provides appropriately structured, strategic and operational advice to ensure that business outcomes can be met and industrial interests remain strongly protected.

– Legal 500 Asia Pacific


Shae leads the national safety practice and provides sharp counsel to large corporations. With over 25 years of expertise, Shae specialises in industrial and employment issues, strategic industrial relations, workplace health and safety, as well as legal compliance, regularly advising on monumental projects and disputes. Her clients consistently praise her deep industry insights, combined with a genuine interest and grasp of their business intricacies, resulting in consistently practical, commercially-minded, and outcome-driven legal guidance.

Notable Work
  • Toowoomba Bypass project: advised on safety incidents, regulatory compliance, and complex industrial and safety issues.
  • Cross River Rail Project: managed work health and safety strategies across complex interface arrangements and multiple work packages.
  • Safe Work Australia: reviewed the feasibility of developing national WHS sentencing guidelines.
  • Critical incident response leadership: practical guidance during complex incidents, including fatalities, outbreaks, and personal liability implications, such as Legacy Way and APLNG/Origin safety incidents.
  • Due diligence advice: advises on complex risks, particularly in energy, resources, and infrastructure acquisitions.
  • Remote work: navigates challenges including confidential matters, complex sexual harassment and compliance issues.
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