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Practice areas

  • Family and Divorce

Kelly is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and in Australia and advises clients on private family law matters, both contentious and non contentious.

Kelly is an associate in the Farrer & Co Family Team.

She advises on many areas of family law including divorce, financial settlements, and the arrangements for children following the breakdown of a relationship. Kelly also advises on prenuptial agreements, as well as on civil partnerships and cohabitation. Many of her cases involve resolving complex financial disputes and children matters.

Kelly's cases often have an international dimension, involving assets, trusts or pensions located overseas. She enjoys working with international families and has a strong interest in leave to remove cases where one parent wishes to relocate with the children internationally. Having lived in four countries, Kelly enjoys this type of work.

Kelly also has experience of children's matters where there are very serious allegations of harm, substance abuse or addiction.

Prior to relocating to England, Kelly worked as a legal associate in both the Family Court and Court of Appeal in Australia. Through this she gained knowledge and insight into how courts operate and how judges approach cases and apply the law.


Kelly is a member of Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals who adopt a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Kelly is also a member of both the Anglo-Australian Lawyers Society and the Anglo-Australian Family Lawyers’ Association.

Reported Cases


 S v G [2015] EWFC 4 - An international relocation case with cross-applications concerning a 2 year old boy. The mother sought permission to relocate to Russia and the father sought sole, or alternatively equal, care of the child in England. 

BR v VT [2015] EWHC 2727 (Fam) - A case regarding the interim sale of the family home, in which the wife and children lived, where the parties had pressing debts.


“Kelly was really excellent - all her instincts were right and she was very personable as well as plainly a supremely talented lawyer.” - Counsel

“I just wanted to thank you for everything that you have done over the course of the past few months and let you know that your input and advice was greatly appreciated. Your approach of focussing on the long term objective and on what is important rather than being reactionary was definitely the right one. We achieved a fantastic result and you were an integral part of that!” - Client

“Kelly is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is personable and gains the trust of her clients quickly. Not only is she on top of the detail but also she is able to stand back from the detail and give practical and strategic advice. She is dedicated to her clients and works hard to achieve the best results possible.” - Counsel

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