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Slaughter and May

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Areas of expertise:
Global Investigations
Financial Regulation


Holly is a partner with a broad practice including commercial, competition and banking litigation and contentious regulatory and criminal investigations. Holly advises clients including major corporate entities and financial institutions across a range of sectors.  

Holly has cross-jurisdictional investigation experience involving both regulatory and prosecuting authorities, including those relating to bribery and corruption, market abuse and money laundering.

In addition to her commercial litigation work, Holly has experience of competition litigation in the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal and before the European Court of Justice.  Holly’s competition litigation practice includes follow-on damages claims, standalone claims and judicial review proceedings.


Joined firm in 2014. Partner since 2018.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

(Next Generation Partners)

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Slaughter and May‘s contentious financial services regulatory team is situated in the firm’s global investigations group, led by Richard Swallow, and has a strong reputation for domestic and cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Lawyers have substantial experience in benchmark-linked regulatory investigations for the firm’s impressive global financial institutional clients, in addition to market abuse, anti-money laundering and disclosure cases. Deborah Finkler is key to the firm’s offering, regularly handling high court litigation, foreign disputes and regulatory investigations. Ewan Brown is another expert in FCA investigations, often acting in the role of strategic counsel. Holly Ware‘s practice includes cross-jurisdictional investigations, involving regulatory and prosecuting authorities. Jonathan Clark is an expert in benchmark manipulation cases.

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

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Slaughter and May ‘quite simply have one of the finest competition litigation teams in the City’. The firm is able to offer a deep bench of specialist practitioners, with a strength in competition litigation that stretches across all seniority levels. In addition to handling standalone claims, the group is regularly instructed to defend large corporates in damages cases following on from the most high profile liability decisions at EU and UK level. Damian Taylor and Holly Ware advise MAN SE on claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court following the European Commission’s truck cartel investigation. ‘Great elder statesman’ Richard Swallow, who leads the group, is currently advising on damages claims arising from the roll-on/roll-off cartel alongside Camilla Sanger. Senior counsel Elizabeth Jordan is a ‘future superstar’.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Next Generation Partners)

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The ‘highly strategic and knowledgeable‘ disputes and investigations group at Slaughter and May is known for handling a range of high value, cross-border and multiparty disputes. With the firm’s notable strength in M&A, the group frequently advises clients on transactional disputes and corporate fallout and also has ‘immense experience of financial disputes‘. The practice is increasingly developing expertise in class and group actions (for which Camilla Sanger and the ‘extremely smart and commercialEfstathios Michael are among the names to note); it also handles competition follow-on damages claims ,which are among Jonathan Clark and Holly Ware‘s areas of focus. Other names to note include financial services sector specialist Deborah Finkler, Damian Taylor (who counts contractual, competition, fraud and insurance disputes among his areas of expertise), and corporate litigator James Stacey. Following Sarah Lee’s retirement, the ‘very strategic litigatorRichard Swallow leads the team. Gayathri Kamalanathan joined from Danske Bank and Peter Wickham, who is strong for energy and natural resources disputes, was promoted to the partnership. Megan Sandler and Smriti Sriram are among the senior associates to note.