Ashley Kelso

Ashley holds degrees in Mechatronics Engineering and Law. He is a professional member of Engineers Australia, is admitted in the NSW Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia, and holds an unrestricted practising certificate.

As an engineer, Ashley worked in project management and systems engineering roles at the Department of Defence. He worked on projects for Navy, Army and Air Force at bases in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. In these roles, he quickly developed a reputation as a ‘fixer’, relied on by his superiors to get troubled projects back on track and negotiate practical solutions with stakeholders. This work refined his skills in navigating the political dimension of projects, technical writing, and communicating technical issues to non-technical decision-makers.

Ashley then switched to the law. He started in the administrative law section of Kelso Lawyers. He increased the productivity of this section by over 300% by redesigning its processes in accordance with systems engineering principles. He also conducted a string of successful NCAT hearings on points of law and evidence, and developed a reputation for maximising the outcomes for his clients.

Ashley was then transferred to the Sydney branch of Kelso Lawyers, where he took on more varied work in equity, private disciplinary tribunals, law reform, contracts and civil litigation.

He was then called on to take over the personal injury work of the Sydney office. He overhauled the processes, restructured the office, and re-trained the staff. This resulted in a significant turnaround in profitability, staff morale, and client satisfaction. In this role, Ashley has achieved record settlements for clients and successfully conducted a very high volume of Alternative Dispute Resolution work.

By December 2016, Ashley’s interests turned to assisting his colleagues in the engineering and technology industries. He launched AustraLaw, a commercial arm of Kelso Lawyers focused on assisting this clientele with IP, contracts, and dispute work.


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) with Honours
  • Juris Doctor (Law)

Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)
  • Member of the Society of Construction Law
  • Member of the NSW Law Society

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