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Martin Kelly


Martin is the Partner in charge of our Darwin Practice and a member of both our Property & Development and Corporate & Commercial teams.
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Admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2006, Martin has worked with Clayton Utz, CridlandsMB Lawyers and HWL Ebsworth Lawyers prior to joining Finlaysons in 2017. He has been practising in the Northern Territory for over 12 years.

Outside of his legal work, Martin is passionate about inclusiveness in sport. He is the current Chairman of the South Darwin Sporting League (SDSL), a significant sporting body in the NT. On behalf of the SDSL, Martin negotiated the construction of a $25M rugby league stadium with the NRL and NTG in Darwin. Martin is also a director with the Sports Access Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides grants to children with disabilities to engage in sport. One of those annual grants is set aside for a child with indigenous heritage living in the Northern Territory.


Martin specialises in property and development law and advises on leasing and commercial building acquisitions and disposals. Martin’s leasing expertise includes telecommunications infrastructure, specialist one-off commercial transactions, high volume retail and office leasing. He is an expert on land tenure and the land register maintained by the Land Titles Office, Northern Territory.

Martin advises public and private sector clients on commercial contractual arrangements within hospitality, education, liquor and real estate sectors. He has extensive experience in steering clients through the different stages of a project’s life cycle including cutting through disputes with effective proactive advice.

Martin is very well connected in Darwin and regularly calls on the firm’s Adelaide practitioners to assist Territory clients in areas of law which sit outside Martin’s own expertise. This enables Martin’s Territory clients to leverage off the firm’s broader resources and has helped make Finlaysons a uniquely Central Australian firm.

Martin's Expertise

    • Director, Sports Access Foundation
    • Chairman, South Darwin Sporting League
    • Committee Member, Retail Committee, Property Council of Australia (NT Division)
    • Committee Member, Australian China Business Council (NT Division)
    • Bachelor of Laws
    • Bachelor of Science (Hons)