Kelly Powers is a Special Counsel in the firm’s commercial litigation and dispute resolution team working closely with Sam Bond and Andrew Green. Kelly is experienced in the areas of insolvency, contractual and general commercial dispute resolution, class actions, insurance, and property disputes. Kelly holds a Juris Doctor from Monash University, along with a Master of Arts majoring in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology completed in the US.
Kelly has expertise in insolvency litigation and has completed the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association Advanced Certification. She also has expertise in proceedings brought under the Corporations Act including oppression proceedings and claims in relation to directors’ duties and liabilities.
Kelly prides herself in providing legal services which are practical, accessible, and achieve client-centered outcomes.
Kelly has been involved in a number of high profile cases including: the Centro class action and the ASIC prosecution of Centro’s directors in the Federal Court; the Prime Trust litigation in the Supreme Court and the related ASIC prosecution which was ultimately determined by the High Court; various insolvency matters including liquidators’ and trustees’ examinations, insolvent trading claims, preference claims, and an important Court of Appeal decision involving director-related transactions. Kelly also acted in the widely publicized Grill’d oppression proceeding and the ongoing Slater and Gordon class actions.