Shonelle is a Senior Associate at MDS Legal. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws in 2007, and then spent two years working as the Associate to Justice Beech in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Since her admission in 2009, Shonelle has gained experience
across a wide range of areas. She initially practised in criminal law,
and then in a boutique Perth litigation firm. Shonelle then worked in
Vancouver at a leading Canadian insurance law firm.
Upon her return to Australia in April 2015, Shonelle joined
MDS Legal and has settled into a role in civil litigation. That involves
acting in a variety of matters in the State courts, especially in professional
negligence claims for Law Mutual (WA), the insurance arm of the Law Society of
As well as having a professional association with the Law
Society through her role at MDS, Shonelle is an active member of the Society
and serves on its Education Committee.
As part of her litigation practice, Shonelle has a strong
interest in mediation, which is an increasingly common method of dispute
resolution. That interest has led Shonelle to become an accredited
mediator, which enables her to conduct mediations as a mediator.
Shonelle has also pursued a keen interest in corporate
governance and recently took up a role as a Board Member of Hockey WA.
Email: Shonelle Duthie