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. She is 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 by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific in 2020 and “Dispute Resolution Star for Insolvency” by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific in 2019. In 2017 and 2018, she was awarded “Best in Insolvency and Restructuring” at Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards.



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

Ranked in Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) – China, Chambers Global (2021)

Ranked in Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms) – China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2021)

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

“Next Generation Partners”, Restructuring and Insolvency, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2020)

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

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


Admissions & Qualifications

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


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