Holly Sara is an experienced commercial litigator who represents clients in complex and strategic matters across all Australian jurisdictions. Named a "Next Generation Partner" and "Rising Star" in dispute resolution by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Holly focuses on class action defense and major corporate and commercial disputes, as well as investigations and regulatory actions.
She acts for major financial institutions, corporates, and individual clients. Her experience spans a range of sectors, including fund management, financial services, pharmaceuticals, energy, and IT, and includes several matters spanning multiple jurisdictions and involving multiple regulators. Holly also has significant experience advising on insurance coverage matters and representing clients in dealings, and disputes, with insurers.
Holly's recent experience includes defending significant and high-profile funded class actions in the Federal Court and State Supreme Courts; successfully prosecuting a major insurance test case for a large financial institution; representing corporate and executive 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 also has significant experience in large-scale investigations and crisis management for corporate clients.
Holly's experience prior to joining Jones Day includes numerous corporate and commercial disputes in the High Court, Federal Court and State Supreme Courts, and regulatory proceedings, including taxation litigation.
Federal Court of Australia Rules That the Government Owes Duty of Care to Australian Youth on Climate Change
Australia's Full Federal Court Affirms That Judicial Impartiality Overrides Case Management Considerations
Slowing the Growth of Shareholder Class Actions? Australia Announces Permanent Changes to Continuous Disclosure Laws
- The Flinders University of South Australia (LL.B. and L.P. with first class Honours 2010; Bachelor of Biotechnology 2010; University Medal for Outstanding Academic Performance)
- High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, and Supreme Court of South Australia
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific — Next Generation Partner in dispute resolution (2021) and Rising Star in dispute resolution (2020)
Australasian Law Awards "Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year" (2017) — highly commended
Lawyers Weekly "30 Under 30 Awards" (2015 and 2016) — finalist, dispute resolution