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.
- The University of Sydney (currently earning a LL.M.); 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 — 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