Kelli Read


Kelli is a dual qualified lawyer (Australia and the UK), with 25+ years’ experience leading and managing legal and multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of environments.

Kelli has worked in both the public and private sectors – in private practice and in-house – including:

  • Law Firms (King & Wood Mallesons & Herbert Smith Freehills)
  • New Law service providers (Axiom and Halebury)
  • Investment Banking (Nomura International)
  • Financial Services (RBS Group/WorldPay & BNY Mellon)
  • Private Equity (Terra Firma Capital Partners & GI Partners)
  • A non-departmental public body (QCDA)
  • Professional Services (PwC and AlixPartners)
  • Technology Services (SQS Group and Shift Left)
  • Higher Education (The University of Law)
  • As an Executive Director in portfolio business operations in the healthcare and education sectors (Cambian Group)

Key practice areas are in finance, M&A, corporate, commercial, contract and risk management and advising on legal operations and departmental management.

Kelli is also a qualified Team Emotional Intelligence and Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire assessor.

In 2014, Kelli established beyond Blackletter to equip in-house lawyers with the skills essential to succeed in a business environment. Kelli consults as an adviser and trainer to in-house legal departments and coaches in-house counsel.

She is based in the UK, but works globally.