Overview

Kelly is a partner of the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. She has earned a well-deserved reputation for handling difficult commercial and insolvency related disputes, often requiring urgent action to prevent the movement or dissipation of assets. Kelly has worked on litigation and international arbitration claims in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Philippines, Australia and throughout the Caribbean. Consequently, Kelly has a wealth of experience in managing and running cross-border claims, including those arising from corporate collapses.

Kelly is especially skilled with urgent applications, including injunctions to freeze assets and obtain books and records, in both court proceedings and international arbitration.

Kelly also has particular experience in asset recovery and tracing, professional negligence, borrower default actions, fund and shareholder disputes.  Her commercial and creative approach, close working relationship with clients and ability to manage large and geographically diverse teams has resulted in the successful and early resolution of numerous difficult disputes.

Kelly’s outstanding practice has received wide recognition. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, she was recognized as a “well-regarded, really good litigator”, and clients were impressed that she “helps anticipate the other side’s arguments and responses, delivering the point so it is taken more favourably than it might otherwise have been.” She is also named as a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020, “Top 100 Women in Litigation” for Insolvency in China and Hong Kong in 2020, “Dispute Resolution Star for Insolvency” in 2019 and “Litigation Star for Insolvency” in 2020 and 2021 by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific. In 2017 and 2018, she was awarded “Best in Insolvency and Restructuring” at Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards.

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Recognition

“Leading Lawyer”, Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) – China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2021)

“Leading Lawyer”, Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) – China, Chambers Global (2021)

“Leading Lawyer”, Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms) – China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016–2021)

“Litigation Star”, Insolvency, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2020–2021) 

“Next Generation Partners”, Restructuring and Insolvency - Hong Kong, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2019–2021)

“Next Generation Partners”, Restructuring and Insolvency: Foreign Firms - China, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2021)

“Top 100 Women in Litigation”, Insolvency, China and Hong Kong, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2020–2021)

“Dispute Resolution Star”, Insolvency, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2019)

“Best in Insolvency and Restructuring”, Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards (2017 and 2018)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2003, Hong Kong, Solicitor
  • 1999, Victoria, Australia (non-practicing)

Education

  • Deakin UniversityLL.B.1996
  • Deakin UniversityB.Comm.