Personal details

Dr Kelly Purser
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Law, Other Law and Legal Studies
+61 7 3138 5078
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of New England), Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) (University of New England)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • STEP Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group Steering Committee
  • Queensland Law Society (QLS)
  • QLS Succession Law Committee
  • Australasian Law Teachers Association
  • Formerly admitted to practice as a legal practitioner, Queensland and New South Wales (2004)

Capacity, Capacity Assessment, Decision-Making, Testamentary Capacity, Succession, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Equity and Trusts, ACHLR

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Purser joined the Queensland University of Technology in 2011. She is an active member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. Prior to this, she was in practice before receiving an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake her doctoral studies exploring capacity assessment in the context of wills, enduring powers of attorney and advance health directives.


Dr Purser’s research focuses primarily on capacity assessment and the intersection between legal and health professionals involved in the assessment of capacity, access to justice where there has been an abuse of enduring documents, elder law, ageing, estate planning, succession law, as well as trusts and equity. She has both published and presented nationally as well as internationally. Her book on capacity assessment, Capacity Assessment and the Law: Problems and Solutions, was published in 2017.


She has received seed funding to explore individual experiences of capacity assessments, and elder abuse. Dr Purser was part of a team who received funding from ADA Australia to explore access to justice for (alleged) victims of abuse of an enduring power of attorney.


Dr Purser runs the undergraduate succession law unit. She teaches into the equity and trusts and dispute resolution units. She runs the estate planning and elder law masters units.


She was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 in Queensland and New South Wales. When in practice she worked in a variety of areas, specialising in estate planning. She retains strong ties to the legal community and is a member of the Succession Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society.

This information has been contributed by Dr Kelly Purser.


Units Taught


  • LLB205 Equity and Trusts
  • LLB346 Succession
  • LLB103 Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • LWN195 Elder Law
  • LWN083 Estate Planning
This information has been contributed by Dr Kelly Purser.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.