Hollie has a wide-ranging practice encompassing public, regulatory, competition, employment and media/entertainment law. She is appointed to the Attorney-General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel). Recent highlights of her practice include:

  • Acting for Betgenius in competition and private law proceedings concerning its acquisition of rights to supply football betting data in the UK (Sportradar v (1) Football Dataco Ltd (2) Betgenius, led by Ian Mill KC and Tom de La Mare KC).
  • Acting for The Racing Partnership in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the law of conspiracy and breach of confidence in the context of sporting data rights (SIS v The Racing Partnership, led by Ian Mill KC).
  • Acting for the Government in proceedings concerning the compatibility of export financing decisions with the UK's climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement (Friends of the Earth v Secretary of State for International Trades and others, led by Sir James Eadie KC)
  • Acting for UBS in private and collective proceedings arising from alleged competition breaches in the FX market (Allianz v Barclays Bank and ors; O'Higgins/Evans v Barclays Bank and ors, led by Brian Kennelly KC)
  • Acting for Asda in its Supreme Court appeal regarding equal pay law (Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley, led by Lord Pannick KC)
  • Acting for the Welsh Government in two Supreme Court appeals concerning devolved powers in the context of Brexit and the Prime Minister's prorogation of Parliament (Re Scottish Continuity Bill and Miller No.2 v Prime Minister, led by Michael Fordham KC). 

She is ranked as an "up and coming" junior and "rising star" in the directories in public law and employment law. Recent comments include:

  • "She has amazing attention to detail, supplemented by amazing analysis and a razor-sharp intellect."- Chambers UK, 2023
  • "Hollie is exceptional. She is quick to spot potential issues and then considered and focused in resolving them."-Chambers UK, 2023
  • "Hollie is superbly smart, approaches work as if nothing is too much trouble, and her drafting is excellent."- Legal 500, 2023
  • "She is ferociously bright, her client skills are very good, she is very clear, she is empathetic and her written work is very thorough - all in all she is a star in the making."- Chambers UK, 2022

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Public & Regulatory

Hollie accepts instructions in all areas of public and regulatory work. Recent work has covered issues of constitutional law issues (acting for the Counsel General for Wales in two Supreme Court appeals including Miller No.2); immigration (acting for the Home Secretary in the latest Sri Lanka Country Guidance case and for the AIRE Centre in deportation appeals); regulation in the financial, energy and telecoms sectors (acting both for and against the major regulators) and freedom of information/data protection issues (acting for Dr Qureshi in his various judicial review and FOIA challenges in respect of the UK's pandemic responsiveness).

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EU & Competition

Hollie accepts instructions in all areas of EU law and competition disputes. She is currently acting for UBS in Commercial Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal proceedings arising from alleged breaches of competition law in the FX markets.

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Employment

Hollie appears regularly before the Employment Tribunal and High Court, and is experienced in appellate work up to the Supreme Court. Recent work has involved advising international NGOs on claims raising complex equal pay issues and summary dismissals following safeguarding concerns; defending clients against allegations of historical sexual harassment and discrimination; advising claimants and defendants alike on employee/worker status and issues of ‘sham contracts;’ and striking-out a whistleblowing claim against a local authority at the preliminary stages. She is also experienced in conducting internal investigations in the employment context. Her clients have included local authorities, schools, international NGOs and multinational corporations.

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Media & Entertainment

Hollie accepts instructions in all areas of media and entertainment. Her clients have included music publishers, artists and the BBC. She is currently involved in litigation regarding the ownership of copyright in Bob Marley's back catalogue.

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Commercial

Hollie accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation. She is currently acting for UBS in Commercial Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal proceedings arising from alleged manipulation of global FX markets.


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Financial Services & Banking

Hollie welcomes instructions in all areas of financial services work. Recent work has included advice connected to the regulatory regime governing pension providers and trustees (particularly SIPPs and the emerging regime for pension superfunds), a 3-month FCA secondment focused on MiFID II and advising Mr Mark Zelmer, the independent reviewer appointed for the Treasury Review into the prudential regulation of the Co-op Bank prior to its near collapse.

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Achievements

Education

  • BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford (First Class, 4th in year)
  • LLM, Harvard Law School (Honors in every course).
  • BCL, University of Oxford (Distinction).



Publications

  • Sport: Law and Practice, 4th ed. (co-author of the chapter "Discrimination in Sport")

Prizes and awards

  • Buchanan Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn, 2016)
  • Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn, 2016)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn, 2015)
  • City Law School Excellence Scholarship (City Law School, 2015)
  • BCL Prize for International and European Employment Law (University of Oxford, 2015)
  • Wadham Senior Scholarship for academic achievement (Wadham College Oxford, 2014)
  • Oxford-HEFCE Scholarship for postgraduate study (University of Oxford, 2014)
  • Dean's Scholar Prize for Laws of War (Harvard Law School, 2014)
  • Dean's Scholar Prize for Human Rights in the UN Treaty Bodies (Harvard Law School, 2014)
  • John E. Thayer Award (Harvard Law School, 2013)
  • Scholar of Worcester College, Oxford (2011-2013) 
  • Hogan Lovells' Prize for Exceptional Academic Performance in Second Year Legal Studies (Worcester College Oxford, 2012)
  • Slaughter and May Prize for Roman Law (University of Oxford, 2011).

Pro Bono Legal Work

Hollie is committed to pro bono work and regularly accepts instructions via Advocate or other NGOs.

Before coming to the bar, Hollie was a Lecturer in Roman Law at Worcester College, Oxford.

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