BSc, LLB (Hons), MCommrclLaw,
GDipDisRes, GAICD, FCIArb, PRI

Founder. Barrister.
Thought Leader.

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PAVING THE WAY

Laura's Awards

WINNER, 2021

Most Influential Lawyer

Australasian Lawyer award members of the legal profession who set the bar for their peers in a trying year rife with new challenges
FINALIST, 2021

Women Leading Tech

Driving this technological change are talented and creative individuals that understand how technology can be used to help the industry progress.
WINNER, 2020

Barristers Innovation

This was an award from the coveted Womens’ Barristers Association for Laura's work in pioneering online mediation.
WINNER, 2020

SBE People's Choice

The program helps early stage businesses in achieving investment, planning the growth and taking the next step in their business' journey.
WINNER, 2020

YBF Legal Tech

Produced in Australia, the Online Startup and Innovation Awards were open to the world, to all of those innovating during the global health and economic crisis.
FINALIST, 2019

WIL Innovation Award

Incisive Media launched the Women in Law Awards, an exciting new opportunity to showcase the achievements and innovations of women in legal practice.
WINNER, 2019

ADR Innovator of the Year

Awarded for individual and team excellence in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, recognition spans both the Australian and international contexts.
WINNER, 2019

Legal Summit - Best Tech

Legal Tech Summit from the leading authorities on legal technology. Senior professionals are awarded for legal tech developments in an ever-changing sector.
FINALIST, 2017

Barrister of the Year

The Women in Law Awards the Barrister of the Year for exceptional results, and for inspiring the next generation of women advocates to reach their full potential.

Immediation

Founder

Laura founded Immediation in March 2017 because, as a barrister, she had a steady stream of clients who could not access a legal remedy for an affordable price. Many just gave up and settled without getting what they deserved, or spent more on legal fees than the claim itself. She found her clients had business relationships destroyed and at times even more was at stake. Immediation is an online platform that solves this problem.

In recent times Laura has evolved the platform into a comprehensive ecosystem for dispute resolution and legal practice.

Corporate

Barrister

Laura is a specialist in corporations and financial services law as well as complex commercial litigation. Laura is also a qualified international arbitrator. Laura has over a decade of experience as a blue chip corporate advisor in Melbourne (Blake Dawson Waldron, Corrs Chambers Westgarth) and London (Slaughter and May).  She has negotiated many high value and cross-border acquisitions, takeovers and schemes of arrangement.
Laura is also an experienced general counsel, company director and trustee. Laura's breadth of experience, combined with her expert knowledge of corporate law, places her in a unique position to maximise outcomes for clients.  She is often called upon to represent companies, directors and government in cases involving corporate law and finance issues, regulatory dealings with ASIC, insolvency and bankruptcy scenarios, and disputes arising from commercial transactions.Laura regularly appears both led and unled in the Federal and Supreme Courts and has conducted a number of complex commercial trials as solo counsel.

BSC, LLB (HONS), MCOMMRCLLAW,
GDIPDISRES, GAICD, FCIARB, PRI

Thought

Leader

Laura is open to keynote speaking and thought leadership opportunities, having had public speaking, media and podcasting experience.  Laura is an acknowledged industry leader in the rapid evolution of the legal industry due to COVID, pioneering legal technology, online dispute resolution and digital courtrooms.  She is often called on to speak about women-in-tech leadership, the experience of a founder including obtaining funding and the unusual career transition from leading M&A lawyer, to barrister to founder of a legal tech company.
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"championing the use of technology for access to justice"

I have known Laura throughout her journey as Immediation’s Founder. I have seen her struggle and push through. Long before virtual hearings became fashionable she was championing the use of technology for access to justice.  Laura is a rare innovator at the Bar – a place where it is not often easy to stand up for new ideas. Laura has fought bravely and passionately to create a unique platform that is used to help people resolve matters more effectively outside courts and is now helping our courts as well. To achieve this while managing her Bar practice is a triumph.

Fiona McLeod AO QC

"dedicated, responsive"

I briefed Laura on substantial commercial litigation with a class action dynamic. She excelled at her work which included devising strategy as well as conducting and directing factual plus legal investigation. Her knowledge of corporate and competition law, and her drafting of court documents including witness statements was invaluable. She was dedicated, responsive, and took the time to properly understand the case’s intricate details. I would gladly brief Laura on new matters.

David Burstyner

Adley Burstyner

"she put our interests before her own"

Ms Keily was originally described to me as having “the balls of a bull camel".  Initially quiet and unassuming, when her clients are threatened Ms Keily is as steadfast and loyal as a Doberman...Fearless, and at times ferocious; she put our interests before her own. Sometimes I was even scared and I was seated behind her! I’m glad she is on my team not the other.

Darryn Hugo

Former Executive Director Village Roadshow, Current Executive Director of Flexible Rotomoulding

"confident of a successful outcome"

In our case, Laura has demonstrated her extensive knowledge of the law and her strategic ability. For me this has dramatically reduced the stress I had originally and has made me confident of a successful outcome. Her ability to work with us and our lawyers, as well as demonstrating authority in mediations, has shown that Laura Keily is a leader in her field.

Ian Hocking

Accountant and former Executive Director, Flexible Drive Agencies