Called to the Bar:
2018 Gray’s Inn
Aston University, Law LL.B. (First Class (Hons))
University of Law, BPTC (Very Competent)
University of Law, BPTC LL.M. (Distinction)
Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship for Pupils undertaking publicly funded work (2019)
Finalist in the Citadel Speed Moot, University of Law (2017)
“Runners Up” in the Volunteer Team of the Year category, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council Awards, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (2017)
Bedingfield Scholarship the most prestigious BPTC scholarship for outstanding candidates of exceptional merit (2017)
St Philips Chambers Award for Highest Grade in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Aston University (2015)
Excellence Scholarship, Aston University (2014)
Kelly joined Guildford Chambers as a Specialist Family Third Six Pupil in April 2020. She graduated from Aston University in 2017 with a First-Class Degree in Law. Kelly completed her BPTC with accompanying Masters in 2018. During her undergraduate studies she volunteered at Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid drop-in centre and in her postgraduate studies she undertook pro-bono work acting on behalf of a client in a Private Law Children matter.
Prior to joining Guildford Chambers, Kelly completed a 12-month Specialist Family Pupillage on the Western Circuit. Her family practice was divided equally between Public Law and Private Law Children matters. She regularly acted on behalf of local authorities, guardians, parents and grandparents in cases involving allegations of neglect, domestic abuse and parental alienation.
Following pupillage Kelly worked as an Employed Barrister for a firm of solicitors, specialising in Children Act and Family Law Act matters. She conducted all aspects of her busy caseload including attendance at interim and final hearings. She also drafted Witness Statements, Schedules of Findings and Letters of Instruction. Kelly’s practice involved representing clients facing live allegations of inflicting injuries and excessive use of physical chastisement.