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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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At Slaughter and May, the practice is able to leverage the experience of Deborah Finkler, a lawyer with a three-decade long track record of acting on FCA, PRA and FOS proceedings. Elsewhere, Ewan Brown serves as a go-to within the market for FX manipulation cases, while Holly Ware is a figure of prominence owing to her LIBOR investigation, market abuse and money laundering know-how. Jonathan Cotton is acclaimed for his capabilities in export controls and sanctions, Company Act offences and FSMA matters, among many others, and the team also includes Gayathri Kamalanathan, an up-and-coming partner with over 10 years experience of senior in-house roles at leading banks. Jonathan Clark is also a key name to note. Richard Swallow leads the group.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

The ‘highly regarded expert team‘ at Slaughter and May plays a leading role in major ongoing SFO cases, including representing the likes of British American Tobacco and John Wood Group in high-profile proceedings. The firm offers strong criminal and regulatory expertise, with a focus on complex investigations, often involving multijurisdictional elements, relating to bribery, corruption, market abuse, and sanctions issues, as well as providing compliance advice on international trade and AML policies. The practice is led by the ‘superbRichard Swallow , Jonathan Cotton , and Ewan Brown , each of whom offer extensive expertise in complex SFO and international regulatory investigations and prosecutions, while Holly Ware is noted for her global investigations work, largely acting against the FCA and SFO. James Stacey  has a strong record in work for listed companies and financial services entities, while Gayathri Kamalanathan has in-house financial services expertise and specialises in regulatory investigations and litigation within the industry. Senior counsel Ella Williams continues to play a key role in complex regulatory prosecutions as well as providing compliance advice.

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

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Fielding a pre-eminent competition litigation practice, Slaughter and May regularly acts on some of the largest private enforcement actions before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and High Court, as well as appeals before both national courts and the CJEU. Pooling cross-disciplinary expertise, the firm is praised for its ‘sheer quality’. Disputes and investigations practice head Richard Swallow has extensive experience of multi-jurisdictional competition litigation, having advised high-profile global clients such as Volkswagen and JPMorgan Chase. The team also benefits from ‘brilliant tactician’ Damian Taylor and ‘excellent litigator’ Jonathan ClarkCamilla Sanger, who has built up a large contentious antitrust practice, is also recommended along with ‘formidable strategistHolly Ware and Elizabeth Jordan.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Next Generation Partners)

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Fielding a sizeable team of ‘top performers‘, Slaughter and May acts in cases that are central to the commercial and reputational interests of leading corporates active across all industries. The firm has a stellar reputation for class actions, with Camilla Sanger and Efstathios Michael regularly acting in the most novel and complex examples of such litigation; an ongoing highlight sees the department defending BHP Group in proceedings involving over 200,000 claimants arising out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. The bench was further strengthened at partner level by the making up of Megan Sandler in May 2022. Sandler joins such recommended names as Damian Taylor and Holly Ware. Richard Swallow heads up the practice.