Holly Sara is an experienced commercial litigator who represents clients in complex and strategic matters across all Australian jurisdictions. Her principal areas of practice are class action defense work, government/regulator inquiries and litigation, and major commercial and "bet-the-company" disputes.
Holly's recent experience at Jones Day includes: the defense of a major class action against a listed financial institution resulting from the collapse of a financial planning group; representing various entities in the landmark Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry; the defense of a multifaceted test case brought by the Australian government against global pharmaceutical companies; acting for a global IT corporation in relation to claims made following the Queensland Health payroll project and 2016 eCensus; acting in claims brought by a multinational listed development company against a state government agency concerning the multibillion dollar development at Barangaroo; and various investigations and prosecutions undertaken by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Holly's prior experience includes: acting for a listed financial institution in the defense of a claim relating to margin lending; a listed mining company in several large and complex proceedings relating to a joint venture dispute; judicial review proceedings relating to state government decision-making; and a complex taxation appeal with significant implications for the aviation industry.
Holly provides pro bono assistance in a variety of matters at Jones Day. She 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
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