“I always look to provide advice in a context that is meaningful.”

“When working with both local clients and overseas clients, I always look to provide advice in a context that is meaningful to them,” Sheila says.

Sheila works with many different clients, from local inventors to research institutes to large multinational companies, and they each have a different understanding of IP and technology and each have different needs.

“With this in mind, it is important to provide advice that is tailored to the client’s understanding of IP and technology as well as their commercial needs,” she says.

As a registered attorney at Griffith Hack, Sheila has handled patent portfolios for a range of clients in different areas of chemical technology, particularly in pharmaceuticals and food technology.

Sheila has experience in prosecuting patent applications in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia, working on opposition proceedings in Australia and New Zealand, and drafting patent applications for local clients. She has also been involved in the analysis of patent search results in a variety of chemical technology areas.

Prior to joining Griffith Hack, Sheila gained over five years of experience in chemistry research at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, working as part of a team of chemists, molecular modellers, biologists and pharmacologists. Sheila’s main focus was medicinal chemistry and her primary research involved synthesis, purification and characterisation of small organic molecules and peptides, and biological evaluation of compounds in enzyme inhibition assays.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Medicinal Chemistry) - The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) (Honours) - The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Drug Design and Discovery) - The University of Queensland
  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)