David Kelly Director

David is the founder and managing director of KHQ.

David has enjoyed a distinguished career practising general commercial law, working with top tier firms and in-house before launching Kelly Hazell (as it was) in 2006.  David and his co-founder had a clear vision for the type of firm they wanted KHQ to be.  In pursuing that vision, KHQ has carved a niche in the legal market as a top-tier boutique law firm – we possess top tier‑talent, clients and expertise while retaining the characteristics of a boutique (nimble, efficient and cost effective).

David became the firm’s first managing director in 2016.  In this role, David is responsible for implementing and driving the firm’s strategic focus, leading our people, championing the firm’s core values, maintaining relationships with our clients and supporters and acting as the public face of the firm.

David holds degrees in law and science (with honours), is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was the Director (Learning Chair) of the Entrepreneur’s Organisation (Victoria, Melbourne Chapter).

If you have any questions about our practice groups or would like to know more about how KHQ can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact David for an obligation free discussion.

Latest News & Insights

KHQ promotes two to principal solicitor

Posted By on 8/05/19 at 11:26 AM

KHQ Lawyers will promote Gina Capasso and Claire Brown, both from the firm’s workplace relations & safety group, to the role of principal solicitor, commencing 1 July 2019. Ms Capasso joined KHQ Lawyers in 2016, with a distinguished 20-year career at Ashurst and Gadens.  Appointed initially as a team-lead for safety, she has made her … Read more

KHQ’s senior promotions for FY18

Posted By on 7/04/17 at 10:20 AM

We are both pleased and proud to announce our senior promotions for FY17/18. They are: Kate Landells (Corporate & Commercial) – Special Counsel; Bonnie Phillips (Family & Relationship Law) – Senior Associate; Kate Davey (Litigation & Dispute Resolution) – Senior Associate; and Brittany Browne (Corporate & Commercial) – Senior Associate. Managing Director, David Kelly, said … Read more

Privacy compliance for start-ups

Posted By on 18/01/16 at 4:21 PM

Starting your own business is challenging, exhilarating and daunting. I know – I’ve done it! Privacy compliance is one of those areas that seems to confound and confuse. Let’s take a brief look at what’s involved. Do I need to comply with privacy and spam laws? Privacy and spam laws are not the same thing. … Read more