Kelli has extensive experience in insurance, product liability, public liability and workers’ compensation having acted for more than 30 years on behalf of insurers (both domestic and international), corporations, government bodies and instrumentalities. In the insurance area she has vast experience in acting on liability claims, particularly product liability, public liability and workers’ compensation. She has appeared before courts, regulatory bodies, inquiries and coronial inquests throughout Australia.
Kelli is well placed to advise on issues of insurance through her high profile in the national insurance industry with experience in serving on the board of the Australian Insurance Law Association Ltd (AILA) as past President, past Vice President and past National Secretary. She has also served as past Chairman of the Queensland branch. This has provided her with insight into the wider issues that impact on the insurance industry generally. Her contribution was acknowledged when she was awarded life membership.
Kelli was a member of the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Board for 15 years, the peak advisory board on occupational health and safety issues to the Minister for Employment, Training and Industrial Relations. Kelli is the only Australian member of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) in the US.
Kelli has a long record of providing resources for training both in-house and on site for many key clients, industry groups and legal groups having presented and chaired over 250 seminars including to the Queensland Law Society, AILA, PLAC, the Claims Discussion Group. Kelli is a trained mediator and has represented clients in hundreds of formal settlements conferences and mediations. Kelli is also an immediate past member of the Executive International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Kelli has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation since 2018.
Since 2016 Kelli has been listed as recommended in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in Workers Compensation and WorkCover Lawyers, Public Liability Defendant and since 2017 Product Liability Defendant.
Awards and recognition
Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2019Finalist – Mentor of the Year
Best Lawyers in Australia 2018-2022Partner – Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation ('Lawyer of the Year 2022')
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2020-2021Leading Workers Compensation & WorkCover Lawyers – Defendant (Queensland)
- Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Board
- Product Liability Advisory Council
- The peak advisory board on occupational health and safety issues to the Minister for Employment, Training and Industrial Relations
Insurance | 23 Jul 2020
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