Dr Stephen Shaw

Dr Stephen Shaw BA LLB (Hons)

Consultant Lawyer

+61 8 6555 2970

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Dr Shaw is Western Australia’s leading academic in the field of costs law, having completed a PhD in the law of costs at Murdoch University (WA), and maintaining his tenure as a lecturer in law at Murdoch University. 

Dr Shaw completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts through Murdoch University in 2002.  Having graduated with Honours and receiving a Dean’s Medal for academic excellence, he was admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in February 2003. In 2013, Dr Shaw completed his PhD in the Law of Costs through Murdoch University, with the thesis entitled “The assessment of disputes about legal costs: A comparative analysis of the Western Australian and New South Wales regimes”.

As an academic at Murdoch University, Dr Shaw specializes in the Law of Costs, as well as Evidence, Contract, Civil Procedure and Trial Advocacy. Whilst Dr Shaw’s background is predominantly academic, he has had a varied background in practice as an employed solicitor, as a consultant and as a migration agent.

Dr Shaw joined Coulson Legal in April 2017 as a consultant, providing advice in particularly difficult areas of law in relation to costs. He brings with him a wealth of talent, to ensure delivery of legal services of the highest standard to the clients of Coulson Legal.

When not considering costs, Dr Shaw enjoys woodwork and spending time down south.