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Practice experience

Kelly has become a valued member of the team since she joined MDA Attorneys in 2017, earning her reputation as the go-to advisor for many of MDA’s existing clients while steadily building her own client base.

Kelly has represented several large construction companies in multiple industries including energy, roads, infrastructure, building, mining and pipelines. She has also had on-site experience, equipping her to better understand her clients’ needs and concerns.

Kelly was admitted as an attorney in 2016 and has developed the following specialist skills:

  • resolving disputes in the construction sector, both through adjudication and arbitration (including drafting of submissions, preparation of witnesses and briefing counsel).
  • providing contractual advice on various construction contracts, in particular FIDIC and NEC, as well as JBCC, GCC and bespoke (including interpretation of contractual clauses, drafting contractual letters, opining on contractual issues).
  • assisting with the preparation of contractual claims (including claim formulation, motivation and defence).

Kelly also assists clients with litigation in the High Court (including urgent court proceedings) and non-contentious construction matters (including risk analyses on conditions of contract, negotiating amendments / qualifications to conditions of contract prior to award and drafting of contracts).


BA (Bachelor of Arts), Rhodes University, 2010

LLB (Bachelor of Law), Rhodes University, 2012

Programme in Construction Adjudication, University of Pretoria, 2017

Certificate in Arbitration, Association of Arbitrators, 2017


Admission as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, 2016

Member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces

Member of the Construction Adjudication Association of South Africa

Kelly Stannard