Shay has most recently been a Senior Solicitor at Brookfields Lawyers in Auckland. She has a conjoint degree in Law and Science from the University of Auckland. Shay began her legal career as EDS's in-house counsel where she managed the litigation programme. She has since worked as a Barrister's Associate to Simon Berry and travelled extensively throughout Europe. She specialises in resource management law and is involved in the development of regional and district plans and large-scale infrastructure projects.