Practice area(s): Employment law services
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): LLB, BBusMan

Kelly Thomas is an Associate in Maurice Blackburn's Employment and Industrial Law Section, based in Melbourne. She is listed by the prestigious Doyles Guide as part of the only first tier law firm for employee & trade union representation in Victoria in 2017.

Kelly is a tenacious lawyer who takes a commercial and pragmatic approach to employment issues and seeks to resolve clients' matters quickly and confidentially. She understands that, for her clients, preserving their reputation is paramount and that trouble at work can take a toll on people’s health.

Kelly assists clients with all types of employment and industrial law matters, such as claims in relation to redundancy, unfair dismissal, general protections contraventions (also known as adverse action), and discrimination. She also gives practical advice to employees about employment contract issues, such as restraints of trade and non-compete clauses, disciplinary matters, and protection of interests and reputation when employment is coming to an end.  She has a particular interest in making sure employees understand their rights and the risks before starting employment.

Kelly represents a wide variety of people, including senior managers, academics, doctors, former state ministers, teachers, public sector employees, financial advisors, and sales people. She has experience with many different sized companies, and all kinds of employers. For example, Kelly is currently representing a young woman who was sexually harassed and discriminated against in her workplace.

Kelly practices in State and Federal courts, and industrial tribunals including the Fair Work Commission. She has practiced in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria.

Kelly regularly presents on employment issues in relation to workplace bullying, harassment and redundancy. She comments on television, radio and in news on employment and industrial law issues, and has been published in the Australian Financial Review regarding the importance of senior executives reviewing employment contracts before signing on the dotted line. Federal Member of Parliament Terri Butler described Kelly as “a very talented solicitor” recently in Parliament, debating the passage of legislation that will provide backpay for many thousands of workers with an intellectual disability.

Before joining Maurice Blackburn, Kelly was an associate to a Commissioner at (then) Fair Work Australia. In addition to her work at Maurice Blackburn, Kelly currently sits on the board of a community transport organisation.

Memberships & associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria member