Telise Kelly

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Telise is a senior associate in our litigation team. She works closely with Geoff Hardy, Jacque Lethbridge, Catherine Atchison and Tony Johnson.

Construction and commercial disputes

In construction matters, Telise advises on disputes arising under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and the Building Act 2004. She has successfully undertaken adjudications for payment claims and debts due under the Construction Contracts Act and has represented homeowners as well as builders in respect of claims of defective workmanship and disputes arising from construction contracts. Telise also represents parties in the District Court and High Court in relation to civil disputes, including claims arising out of contract, land disputes and negligence.

Estate, trust and relationship property litigation

Telise acts for settlors, beneficiaries and trustees in relation to issues arising under complex trust structures, including disputes arising from the break-down of a marital or de facto relationship or the death of a spouse or parent. She has considerable experience across the jurisdictions of the Family Court, District Court and High Court and has a particular interest in complex structures and valuation issues. She advocates pragmatic and cost-effective approach to any dispute and encourages her clients to find solutions through alternative dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration, where appropriate.


Telise grew up in the coastal Far North. She migrated to the big smoke to study Law and Accounting at the University of Auckland, graduating in September 2014. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2015. Telise joined Martelli McKegg in January 2019. Prior to this, Telise was a solicitor at a boutique law firm specialising in tax, charities and civil litigation and before that, worked with a leading relationship property and trust law barrister in Auckland.

Recent articles

Relationship property and The Trusts Act 2019

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