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Holly Sara is an experienced commercial litigator who represents clients in complex and strategic matters across all Australian jurisdictions. Named a "Rising Star" in dispute resolution by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2020, Holly focuses on class action defense work and major corporate (bet-the-company) level disputes and litigation, in addition to regulatory investigations and proceedings. She acts for major financial institutions, corporates, and individual clients. Her experience spans a range of sectors, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, energy, and IT, and includes several matters spanning multiple jurisdictions and involving multiple regulators.

Holly's experience at Jones Day encompasses numerous high-profile and significant matters, including defending major funded class actions in the Federal Court and State Supreme Courts; representing corporate and high-profile individual clients in regulatory actions (including major prosecutions by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and claims by the Federal Government); acting for a major financial institution in the landmark Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry; and representing global and multinational clients in major commercial litigation, including multiple matters on appeal to the High Court.

Holly has provided pro bono legal services to various clients throughout her career, including in matters in the Federal Court, and is also a member of the Sydney Office's pro bono committee.


  • Foreign client seeks advice relating to potential domestic and private international law remedies against Australian governmentJones Day is advising a foreign client as to its domestic and international law remedies following an Australian government decision to exclude the company from participating in an Australian commercial opportunity.
  • Bank of Queensland seeks counsel in Banking Royal Commission inquiryJones Day acted for Bank of Queensland Limited and its subsidiaries in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
  • Former CEO defends Australian corporate regulator claimJones Day is acting for the former CEO of a metals and mining company in defending proceedings brought by the corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC"), in the Federal Court of Australia.
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