Emily Shoemark leads the firm’s Employment Law team and IP team. She provides our business clients with advice on commercial transactions, intellectual property and employment law matters.

She joined Snedden Hall & Gallop in September 2008 and was appointed a Director of the firm in July 2021.

As a member of the Business Law team, Emily enjoys assisting organisations to manage the legal issues that occur at every stage of their lifecycle. She focuses on assisting businesses to protect themselves against legal risks. Her work includes assisting clients with:

  • starting a business, including business purchases
  • managing a business, including documentation such as policies, terms & conditions
  • IP matters, including protection and licensing
  • employment contracts and disputes and workplace investigations
  • business succession planning.

Emily is an approved Secure Local Jobs auditor with the ACT Government, with Secure local jobs replacing the Industrial Relations & Employment Obligations (IRE) procurement process in January 2019. 

She is also a Succession Plus advisor and Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers is the Succession Plus partner in Canberra. Here are more details of the award-winning Succession Plus model.

Emily was an HR consultant prior to her legal career. She developed expertise in performance management, workforce planning and process improvement.

Emily was recently appointed to the ACT Work Health and Safety Council, which advises the ACT Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety on relevant issues. Emily has also written widely on commercial law and employment law. Read some of her articles here.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Canberra and has taught at the Australian National University’s Legal Workshop.

Leading Employment Lawyer

In 2021 Emily was recognised as a “Leading Employment Lawyer” by the Doyles Guide. 

In the news

Emily recently received a Judges Commendation Award under the Professional of the Year category of the 2020 Master Builders and Asset Construction Hire Excellence Awards.

Areas of Expertise

  • Buying & selling businesses
  • Business succession planning
  • Commercial property & leasing
  • Commercial disputes
  • Business structures
  • Employment agreements & resolving employment disputes
  • Protecting your intellectual property
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Registered Secure Local Jobs Auditor


In this video you can see Emily talking with Gerald Santucci about business law at Snedden Hall & Gallop.

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It was such a positive experience working with Snedden Hall & Gallop on our matter. The ease of dealing with both Kayla and Emily was obvious from the outset. Both were very diligent in their follow-ups and overall communication with me.

They were completely accessible and their knowledge of the process was excellent, making all of our dealings feel completely straight forward. I would definitely recommend Snedden Hall & Gallop.

Anonymous (Commercial – April 2021)

16 April 2021

I just wanted to thank you. I am so glad that Snedden Hall and Gallop Lawyers were recommended to handle the ACT issue we had involving employee theft. The lawyer that was assigned, Emily Shoemark, did a great job. And the fees were reasonable. The matter was resolved to our satisfaction and relief.

Anon (Employment Law 1)

22 April 2015

I would like to thank you for your professional advice and support over the past year, working on my employment law matter, Emily.  I have greatly appreciated your assistance without which my remaining months at my previous place of employment would have been very difficult. Your follow-through and the time you gave me to discuss difficult issues certainly gave me the confidence to continue to seek a resolution with my employer.  The outcome for me was as good as I could have expected.  Thanks again for your support.

S. L. (Employment Law)

27 June 2018

Emily,  once again thank you so much for all your help with my employment law issue. Your advice was truly helpful. I will most definitely recommend you to anyone who is in need of a lawyer.

T.M. (Employment Law)

28 June 2018

Dear Emily, I have appreciated your professionalism, experience and focused advice. I will happily recommend you to others that might need such services in the future.

Neil M. (Employment law)

2 November 2018