Our Team

Neisha is the Founder and Legal Director of NLS Law. Neisha has represented people in difficult legal matters with significant successes, which includes cases in the High Court of Australia, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of NSW, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia, District Court of NSW, Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Children's Court of NSW, Local Court of NSW.

Neisha practices in the area of Children's law, Family Law, Criminal law, Defamation, Personal Injury (sexual abuse matters, claims against the State, bullying, institutional abuse), Discrimination, Human Rights and Immigration Law.

Neisha has extensive experience in working in the area of Family Law including complex financial/property as well as parenting matters in Australia and also matters that involve international relocation or property.

Neisha is committed to providing support and legal assistance for women who are affected by family violence or discrimination.

Neisha is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1464515) and assists clients in resolving their immigration issues including applications for humanitarian visa’s.

Neisha is committed to human rights and social justice and provides pro bono legal services in her practice, she has established and provided support to community programs and worked with remote indigenous communities. Neisha on a probono basis was the Co-Founder and Director of Sinchi an international human rights organisation in Europe whose mandate is to promote indigenous culture around the world as part of this organisation Neisha developed an international Corporate Social Responsibility program.

Neisha speaks at national and international conferences as well as invited to speak on radio and television about human rights, children’s rights and family law issues.

Neisha also lectures at University level about children and family law issues. Neisha was nominated in 2011 for the NSW Justice Medal as a result of her contribution to Children and Family Law.

Neisha has a detailed knowledge of the law and is committed to working with clients to help them achieve their goals. Neisha is committed to providing her clients with a team that believes in justice and will strive for the best outcome for the client.


Leah is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and highly experienced in all aspects of family law, de-facto relationship law, same-sex relationship law, property settlement, child custody, divorce, consent orders, maintenance, child support, pre-nuptial agreements and financial agreements. Although Leah is a litigator she also encourages clients to participate in out of court settlements and her experience in assisting clients in mediation has been an asset to NLS Law. Leah works has extensive experience in helping women who are subject to family violence and has successfully brought urgent applications to court for the protection of women and their children. Leah has experience in Recovery Orders and also Relocation matters including international relocation.

Leah also works in the area of Children’s Law, Surrogacy and Adoption. Leah is professional, motivated, caring and is committed to achieving great results by giving sound legal advice and representation. Leah will listen and diligently guide her clients through the legal process. Leah has been involved in significant legal cases with NLS Law.

Leah upholds human rights and social justice and assists in the delivery of pro bono legal services. Leah holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, Bachelor of Arts (Sociology major), Diploma of Legal Practice and an Applied Masters in Family Law. Leah holds professional membership with the Law Society of NSW, the Law Council of Australia Family Law Section, Newcastle Law Society and the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners’ Association.


Jessica is admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Jessica works in the area of Family Law, Children’s Law, Institutional Abuse and Discrimination. Jessica appears in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Human Rights Commission, District Court of NSW, Supreme Court of NSW and the Children’s Court of NSW. Jessica has assisted in appeals in the High Court of Australia and Full Court of the Family Court of Australia. Jessica has dealt with some very complex family law parenting and property matters as well as complex matters concerning institutional abuse, sexual harassment in the work place and discrimination matters. Jessica also provides probono legal advice clinics for victims of Family Violence.

Jessica’s commitment to human rights and social justice is an asset to NLS Law. She is passionate about her work, listens to her clients and delivers legal services that provides effective outcomes.

Jessica has attained a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Newcastle.

Lucy is admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and was admitted to the High Court of Australia. Lucy works in the area of Personal Injury (Negligence matters) and Victims Compensation. Lucy has worked with NLS Law part-time for 8 years and has developed extensive experience in her area of law. Lucy is passionate about achieving better outcomes for young people in care and is committed to human rights and social justice. Lucy has achieved successful outcomes for young people in care through Victims Compensation and continues to do so. Lucy holds a Bachelor of Law and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

Audra is the Executive Assistant to Neisha Shepherd and the Practice Manager of NLS Law. Audra has over ten years’ experience with NLS Law in all aspect of practice management and assists on very difficult legal matters including Appeals. Audra is very experienced in dealing with family law matters and family violence. Audra has undertaken specific training with the NSW Law Society in relation to Family Law. Audra is committed to successful outcomes for clients.

Audra is compassionate and has a heart for human rights and social justice. Audra listens to the clients and ensures that their relationship with the NLS Law team is valued. Audra has a background in media, the arts and business. Audra has assisted on the delivery of community programs as part of NLS Law and using the creative arts to promote Human Rights and Social Justice. Audra believes in encouraging young people to achieve their aspirations through the creative arts. Her work with young people is to be commended. Her creative abilities, leadership and management skills are an asset to NLS Law.


Ayden is a Law Clerk at NLS Law and is currently undertaking his Bachelor Laws and Bachelor of Communications. Ayden has experience in all aspects of administration, marketing, managing social media platforms of the practice. Ayden is dedicated completing his studies and transitioning into a full time role as a Solicitor.

Ayden is also a photographer and has had significant achievements with his photography including international contracts, exhibitions, achievement of photography awards, retained for professional shoots and his work has been published in Australia and Internationally. Ayden was invited to attend a World Youth Leadership Conference in the USA for his ability to use photography to promote Human Rights. Ayden was commissioned for the photographic series: “It hurts me Too – Family Violence.” Ayden was commissioned for the photographic series regarding child asylum seekers; “What would you do if this was your child” his work was shown at the International Conference, 25 years on the Rights of the Child in the Netherlands. Ayden was also commissioned in 2016 to do a series documenting culture, strength and resilience of remote indigenous Australia. More recently Ayden for photographic series: “Why I rise” a story about belonging and identity for Young People in Foster Care was exhibited as part of Art Express.

Ayden believes that the opportunity to promote human rights and social justice through both photography and law is an important part of his future.

Contact NLS Law
Our clients appreciate a realistic assessment of the outcome of their case. If you need an honest assessment, or to discuss the options available to you, call NLS Law to discuss your current circumstances.
Newcastle
Ph: (02) 4927 6315

E: office@nlslaw.com.au
Level 1, 93 Hunter Street,
Newcastle NSW 2300

Melbourne
Ph: (03) 8397 2222

E: office@nlslaw.com.au
555 Lonsdale Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000


Contact NLS Law
Our clients appreciate a realistic assessment of the outcome of their case. If you need an honest assessment, or to discuss the options available to you, call NLS Law to discuss your current circumstances.





Newcastle
Ph: (02) 4927 6315

E: office@nlslaw.com.au
Level 1, 93 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300


Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 8397 2222

E: office@nlslaw.com.au
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000