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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 "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.


  • 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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