Lana Kelly

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Lana Kelly

Lana Kelly



Lana Kelly is a disputes resolution lawyer with a diverse practice which includes energy sector litigation, contractual claims and other corporate disputes, and investigations. She provides strategic advice to clients in the oil and gas, mining and property sectors, assisting them to navigate dispute mechanisms to obtain desired outcomes.

Lana offers significant experience acting for government and commercial clients in civil actions and administrative review proceedings in the High Court, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Queensland Supreme Court and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Lana has also represented clients in a number of Royal Commissions, Commissions of Inquiry and advised on regulatory and compliance matters.

Professional experience

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  • Masters of Law (Legal Practice), Australian National University (2016)
  • Graduate Diploma In Legal Practice, Australian National University (2013)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Arts degree, University of Queensland (2007)
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales 2013

Arbitration, Construction and Infrastructure

  • An international arbitration in relation to a confidential construction dispute (the award sought exceeded AUD $3billion)
  • Construction disputes in relation to delay, disruption and variations claims in Western Australian and Queensland
  • Security of payment advice
  • Managing contractor insolvencies on behalf of principals, including termination advice, managing subcontractors charges, defects liability
  • Risk analysis for due diligence on solar energy projects
  • A domestic expert determination in relation to a critical public infrastructure project
  • Litigation in relation to bank guarantees.

Regulatory and Financial Services

  • Representing Sunsuper in relation to Financial Services Royal Commission
  • Providing advice in the superannuation sector regarding board governance and compliance issues.

Class/Representative Actions

  • Assisted with the successful defence of a complex class action against the Public Trustee for alleged breach of its trustee duties in relation to the collapse of a $400million debenture trust in 2008 (Octaviar Limited).

Administrative Law

  • Representing mining companies as second respondents in judicial review applications in relation to government approval decisions
  • Providing advice on procedural fairness obligations for investigators and individuals
  • Providing prospects advice to clients in relation to judicial review applications
  • Conducting reviews of misconduct findings in relation to more than 20 police officers to advise whether decisions were infected by jurisdictional error
  • Carriage of over 400 migration matters primarily focused on judicial review applications before the Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court as well as appeals to the Full Federal Court and High Court. This involved preparing written advices, submissions and other court documents and appearing for the Minister at final hearings and appeals. On several occasions, carriage of these matters as required defending urgent applications for interlocutory relief, including the High Court.
  • Finalist 2018 Young ADR Practitioner of the Year, Australian ADR Awards
  • Australian Institute of Administrative Law Association (Queensland chapter) Committee Member
  • ACICA45 member


Ending proceedings early as a model litigant

Publication | October 06, 2021