Shane left home before completing High School and slept on the floor at his girlfriend’s home whilst he completed his Senior Certificate. He was walking past the career adviser’s office at School and on the blackboard was the offering of a position as an articled law clerk at a local law firm. Shane had no idea what an articled law clerk was but he applied for the position and started on the princely sum of $92.00 per week.


He supplemented his income by “swampying” (collecting glasses and ash trays at a local club on Friday and Saturday nights). He studied his Bachelor of Laws Degree externally via the Queensland University of Technology and graduated in 1989. He was one of the first lawyers in Queensland to complete part of the Queensland Law Society’s Accredited Specialist Lawyer programs. (Shane Ellis is the Managing Director of Equityprotect & SMSF Law. He is a Senior Consulting Lawyer specialising in Smsf Estates & Law, Family Estate Planning, Asset Protection Structuring & Business Structures).


He is one of few lawyers in Australia to hold SMSF Association SMSF Specialist Advisor status & ASIC RG 146 Specialist  Self  Managed  Superannuation Fund  Accreditation. He has won Best of the Gold Coast Awards for three consecutive years for quality of legal services. He speaks regularly to business and professional groups on SMSF Estate Planning; Asset Protection & Business Structures & has written for SMSF Magazine, AMA Magazine and also for the Queensland Law Society Magazine 'PROCTOR' on patterns for success in business. 

“Dear Shane, On behalf of the AIA I'd like to thank you sincerely for taking the time out of your busy schedule to present to the AIA last Friday. The feedback forms were uniformly positive, with your talk receiving the highest rating (av 4.2/5, ie very good to excellent). Our members were impressed with your informative, thought provoking and well-paced presentation, and some asked if they could hear from you again in future seminars.”

Brian Spiers

Australian Investors Association

Why Shane and his team stand out from the rest:

Shane is one a few lawyers in Australia that hold SMSF Association SMSF Advisor status and ASIC RG 146 Specialist Self Managed Superannuation Fund Accreditation.

Shane and his amazing team at Shane Ellis Lawyers won Gold Coast law firm of the year 3 years in a row. 

Shane speaks regularly to large business and professional groups, Australian Investors Association events and Morningstar events. Shane has also been been published in SMSF Magazine, AMA Magazine and Queensland Law Society Magazine 'PROCTOR'.