Kelly McIntyre was called to the Bar in 2010, having practised as a solicitor at a large mid-tier firm, two national law firms and as in-house counsel for a railway turnkey provider.  

Kelly is a specialist advocate and has a varied National and International practice which is split across Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration.  She has appeared as Counsel in the Supreme Court, Land Court, District Court and Federal Court of Australia, along with a number of International arbitral tribunals.  Kelly frequently travels for Mediations and hearings whether as Mediator or Counsel. 

She is a nationally accredited mediator, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is the General Editor of the LexisNexis Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin.  She holds a statutory appointment as a General Referee on the Queensland Government Development Tribunal and hears Appeals in the Planning space. 

In 2016, Kelly was appointed to the Land Court ADR Panel as a Panel Mediator and she frequently travels to Regional Queensland to act as a Mediator appointed by the Land Court or in accordance with an ADR Election Notice issued pursuant to the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2011.

Kelly has a particular interest in maritime law and the law of the sea.  She holds a Masters of International Trade Law from the University of Queensland which focused on maritime and shipping law.

Kelly was recently profiled in the McCullough Robertson lead "Year 101: Women in Law" campaign which is profiling 101 women in the law Nationally who have had an influence on the legal profession, and in particular who have had an impact on another female’s career.

Areas of Interest


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Commercial law


International Arbitration

Local Government

Mining, Energy, Resources and Environment

Personal Injury

Professional Negligence


Transportation Law (Aviation/Maritime)


First call to the Bar - 17 September 2010

High Court of Australia - 3 April 2006

Queensland Supreme Court - 30 January 2006

NMAS Mediator since 2011

MCIArb Arbitrator since 2019


Masters of Laws (International Trade – Maritime) (University of Queensland) 2007

Articles of Clerkship - Carter Newell Lawyers (2004-2006)

Bachelor of Law (Griffith University) 2004

Bachelor of Commerce - Politics and Public Policy (Griffith University) 2004

Somerville House (1986 – 1997)

Current  Appointments

Bar Association of Queensland - International Law Committee (2019 - current)

Commercial Law Association Qld Chapter - Inaugural Committee Member (2020 - current)

LexisNexis Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin - General Editor (2017 - current)

Queensland Government Development Tribunal - General Referee (2015 - current)


Australian Insurance Law Association

Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association

Bar Association of Queensland

Commercial Law Association

LawRight (formerly QPILCH)

Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

Women Lawyers Association of Queensland

Zonta International - Brisbane Chapter

Former Appointments

Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association – Committee member (2010 - 2020)

Queensland Environmental Law Association - Seminars Sub-committee (2018)

Women Lawyers Association of Queensland - President (2014-2015), Committee member (2009 - 2012, 2016), Social Secretary (2007-2008)

Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand – Chair (2014-2015)

Bar Association of Queensland – Council member (2013-2014)

Law Council of Australia – Australian Young Lawyers Committee (2013-2014)

BAQ Flood Advice Scheme – Mediation coordinator (2011/2012)

Papers and Presentations

"Providing Medical Records to Third Parties" Avant seminar 23 October 2020

"The Compulsory Conference & Negotiation Skills" Legalwise Personal Injury Conference 12 March 2020

"Changes in Financial Assurance and Environmental Regulation" Legalwise conference on Mining Law: The Latest in M&A and JVs 22 March 2019

"Ethical Issues for the Personal Injury Practitioner" LegawWise Personal Injury Conference 14 March 2019

"Litigation Essentials - Federal Court Costs" presentation to Thynne + Macartney Lawyers on 7 February 2019

"Assessment of Damages for Personal Injuries (Queensland)" presentation to various law firms 2019

"Costs of Litigation : How to Maximise your Return" presentation to Ashurst on 29 August 2018

"Ethics & Power : Trump, GOT and the Legal Profession” presentation delivered at various law firm conferences and at the QELA Conference February and March 2018

“Nervous Shock” presentation to Shine Lawyers Major Claims Quantum Conference January 2018

"Pre-contractual Agreements and Conditions Precedent: where does negotiation end, and a contract begin?" AMPLA National Conference 20 October 2017 presented with G. Beacham QC

Developments on financial assurance requirements in Queensland AMPLA State Conference May 2016

McIntyre, K "Farm debt mediation — how does it work and is it effective?" Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Bulletin (2016) Vol 3. No 1.

Ambrose, P & McIntyre, K "Mediator's Ethical Obligations" Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Bulletin (2014) Vol 1. No 2.

Ambrose, P & McIntyre, K “Statutory Requirements to Attend or use ADR: Queensland” Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Bulletin (2014) Vol. 1 No. 1

"How to Recognise Rights of Termination" QLS Conference 17 July 2014

"Compensation under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 post Sullivan and the 2010 amendments: who is entitled to compensation and what are we compensating?" AMPLA State Conference 15 June 2013 with Mr. Ambrose QC

“Indemnity, Limitation and Exclusion Clauses in Retail and Commercial Tenancies” Legalwise CPD Seminar 26 March 2013

“Cumulative Management Regime” Legalwise CPD Seminar 20 November 2012

“Public Liability Update” Thomson Reuters Brisbane CPD Seminar 23 March 2012

“Property Law and Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act Update” Legalwise seminar 15 February 2012

“Limitation of Liability and Exclusion Clauses in Building and Construction Contracts” Legalwise seminar November 2011

“Applying the rules of evidence to commercial litigation” QLS seminar 11 March 2011

“Dealing with Counsel: The Brief, Conferences and Trial” QLS seminar 10 March 2011

“Boiler plate and force majeure clauses” Malleson Stephen Jaques presentation 2009

“Potential leakage outlines dangers” Gold and Minerals Gazette September 2008

“Carbon leakage under the CRPS” Oil and Gas Gazette September 2008

"No Shortage of Water – Reforms" November 2006 Minter Ellison Lawyers

"Occupier Bounced in Trampoline Case” July 2005 Carter Newell

“Spam Wars – Where does business stand now?” May 2004 Carter Newell

Cases of Note

Arbitration seated in Melbourne and conducted under the ICC Rules. Choice of law, Western Australia.  Claim: USD $10.26 M. Retained as Counsel March 2017. Final Award, 28 February 2018.

Acacia Coal Ltd v Springsure Creek Coal B573/15 (resolved prior to trial 2017)

Citigold Corporation Limited v Chief Executive, Department of Environment & Heritage Protection (No. 3) [2016] QLC 21

Citigold Corporation Limited v Chief Executive, Department of Environment & Heritage Protection (No. 2) [2015] QLC 50

Citigold Corporation Ltd v Chief Executive, Department of Environment & Heritage Protection [2015] QLC 10

Casey -v- DePuy International Ltd and Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd (DePuy LCS Duofix Class Action) Counsel assessing Qld claimant quantum claims for knee and hip replacements (2013-2014)

Clapham & Ors v. Department of Environment and Resource Management, Arrow Energy Pty Ltd and Arrow (CSG) Australia Pty Ltd [EPA 030-11] resolved prior to trial 2013

Xstrata Coal Queensland Pty Ltd & Ors v. Friends of the Earth - Brisbane Co-Op Ltd & Ors, and Department of Environment and Resource Management [2012] QLC 013


20 July 2015 - Restoration of community objection rights & confirmation of Land Court member immunity by Kelly McIntyre

21 March 2016 - DEHP’s extended powers to issue EPO’s to related persons & amendments to Financial Assurance  by Kelly McIntyre

​8 April 2016 - Guideline - Financial Assurance under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (ESR/2015/1758) effective 4 March 2016