Holly Stout

Holly Stout

Professional Summary

Called 2003

Contact Details

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Holly is highly experienced counsel recommended in the legal directories as a leading junior in Administrative and Public Law, Employment, Education and Data Protection/Information law. She undertakes advisory and advocacy work for a broad spectrum of clients including commercial organisations, individuals, central and local government, local authorities and regulatory bodies in her areas of specialism. She has been instructed on cases of major public importance in the tribunals and civil courts, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She is a member of the A Panel of Treasury Counsel and registered under the Public Access scheme.



Holly is recommended in Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in Administrative and Public law. Her broad-based practice encompasses local and central government, immigration, community care, public procurement, human rights and general vires issues. She is regularly instructed on judicial review matters, both on her own and as junior counsel. She has acted for a wide range of clients including private companies and individual claimants as well as respondent local authorities, regulators, universities and government departments. She also has experience as an advocate at Coroner’s inquests and in the Court of Protection.


Recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in Employment law, Holly has a particular interest in High Court employment disputes and has acted in a number of cases concerning covenants in restraint of trade and breach of confidence, as well as bonus claims. She also has considerable experience as an advocate in the employment tribunals and EAT and has acted in, and advised on, cases involving the full range of employment law issues, including discrimination, whistle-blowing, TUPE, agency workers, trade union matters, strike action, working time etc.


Recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in Education law, Holly regularly advises on the full range of public and private education law matters, including special educational needs/disability discrimination, educational negligence, Academies, further and higher education issues, local authority policy matters, claims by and against state and independent school, regulatory matters, Ofsted and the OIA. She regularly appears as an advocate in education cases in the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Information & Data Protection

Recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in Information and Data Protection law, Holly regularly advises a range of clients in this field, from government departments and other public bodies, to businesses and private individuals. She has acted in over 40 cases before the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and High Court. Her broad-based practice means she is well-placed to deal with data protection and information law issues arising in a variety of contexts, including employment, education, community care, public procurement, etc.

Community Care

Holly is recommended in Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in Administrative and Public law. Holly regularly advises and acts in cases concerning the range of community care issues, including needs assessment and provision, capacity issues and Court of Protection applications, deprivation of liberty, deputy appointments, etc. Her experience in other fields (including immigration, community care, education, human rights and coroner’s inquests) means she is particularly well placed to advise and act in complex community care cases involving overlap with other areas of the law.

Public Procurement

Recommended in Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in Administrative and Public law, Holly regularly advises and acts in public procurement matters, acting for local authorities and government departments, as well private companies and individuals. Her broad-based practice also makes her particularly suitable for cases involving cross-over with other areas of law, such as education, employment and community care.


Holly does a wide range of commercial work in the County Court and High Court, including contract disputes, regulatory issues, professional negligence and commercial judicial review. Her wide-ranging practice makes her particularly suitable for commercial disputes involving cross-over with other areas of the law, such as large-scale care home and care provision disputes, public procurement, education and public law vires issues.


Holly regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal in a range of immigration matters. Her experience in education and community care law means she is particularly well-suited to the numerous cases in which these areas of the law collide, such as Tier 4 visa issues, student loans, and disputes about local authority and health authority obligations in cases involving those with ‘precarious’ immigration status.


“An exceptional advocate who can turn advice around at speed and is very tactical in her approach to cases.” Chambers & Partners

“She’s frighteningly quick at grasping the detail, applying the law, and getting results.” Chambers & Partners

“Fabulously clever and wonderfully user friendly.” Legal 500

“She is an advocate of great charm, clarity and incisiveness.” Legal 500

“Perfect for commercial cases, she rolls her sleeves up and gets stuck in. She is brilliant in court.” Chambers & Partners

“very responsive and easy-to-work with.” Legal 500


Recent Cases

R (S) v Camden LBC
[2019] ELR 129, [2018] EWHC 3354 (Admin), [2018] 12 WLUK 614
Represented the local authority in this case concerning the circumstances in which a local authority may depart from a decision of the First-Tier Tribunal in the special educational needs context.

Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees Ltd v Lloyds Bank Plc
[2018] EWHC 3343 (Ch), [2018] 12 WLUK 72 and [2018] EWHC 2839 (Ch), [2018] 10 WLUK 415
Represented the Government in this landmark case on whether and, if so, how occupational pension schemes are required to equalise for the effects of unequal Guaranteed Minimum Pension legislation.

R (Bate) v Parole Board of England and Wales
[2018] EWHC 2820 (Admin), [2018] 10 WLUK 424
Represented the Parole Board in this case concerning the lawfulness of the Parole Board’s system for prioritising hearings.

R (Hutchinson) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Services
[2018] EWHC 1698 (Admin), (2018) 21 CCLR 446, QBD (Admin Ct), July 5 2018
In judicial review proceedings, the Health Secretary and NHS England had lawful power to promulgate a new model for the provision of health and social care.

R (Hawking) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
[2018] EWHC 989 (Admin), [2018] ACD 41
Judicial review proceedings challenging a decision made by a government department regarding the NHS were in the public interest and the claimants who had crowdfunded to fund the case met the statutory criteria for a cost capping order

H v Northamptonshire County Council and Legal Aid Agency
[2018] 1 FLR 499 , [2017] EWHC 282 (Fam)
Costs order made against Lord Chancellor; guidance on approach to be taken in respect of Human Rights Act claims made during care proceedings

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood
[2018] UKSC 22, [2018] 1 WLR 2073
With John Cavanagh QC, Holly represented the NHS Trust in an appeal concerning the date on which a notice of termination of employment sent by post takes effect when the employee is not at home to receive the letter.

IC v Malnick and ACOBA
Acted for ACOBA in successful appeal to the UT regarding application of s 36 exemption to information relating to Tony Blair’s appointments and engagements since leaving office.  UT also considered the power of the FTT to remit cases to the IC.

Cabinet Office v IC and Morland
[2018] UKUT 67 (AAC)
Acted for Cabinet Office in this successful appeal about the application of the exemption in s 37(1)(b) (information relating to conferring by Crown of any honour or dignity) to information about possible creation of a new military defence medal.

Re KT (Incapacitated Persons) (Deprivation of Liberty: Appointment of Representatives)
[2018] EWCOP 1
Together with Jason Coppel QC, Holly represented the Secretary of State in this latest judgment to consider the procedure to be adopted by the Court of Protection in ‘non-contentious’ cases where a deprivation of liberty authorisation is required and there is no family member or friend able to represent P’s interests in the proceedings as a Rule 3A representative.

Walker v Innospec Ltd; O’Brien v Ministry of Justice
[2017] UKSC 47, [2017] IRLR 928; Times, July 25 2017, SC, July 12 2017
Acted as junior to Jason Coppel QC in this case concerning the lawfulness of the exception in the Equality Act 2010 for sexual orientation in relation to benefits dependent on marital status where the benefit relates to periods of service before the coming into force of the Civil Partnership Act 2005.

Koori v Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2016] EWCA Civ 552
Construction and application of certain transitional provisions in relation to the “seven-year residence” rule for children in the Immigration Rules.

Machnikowski v Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2016] EWHC 54 (Admin); [2016] 1 W.L.R. 1655
Represented the Secretary of State in this case concerning the lawfulness of removal and detention decisions on public policy grounds in respect of EEA nationals.

R. v Jagelo (Costs)
[2016] 1 Costs L.O. 133
Case concerning the application of the legal aid rules in criminal cases.

R. (on the application of MC) v Camden LBC
Queen’s Bench Division (Administrative Court), 03 December 2015, [2015] EWHC 4034 (Admin)
Local authority’s powers and duties in alleged human trafficking cases.

R (Ramey) v University of Oxford
8 May 2015
Successfully represented Oxford University resisting a challenge to its harassment policy.

R (on the application of Press Standards Board of Finance Ltd) v Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
[2013] EWHC 3824 (Admin)
Acted as junior to Nathalie Lieven QC in this challenge by Pressbof to the Privy Council’s rejection of their application for the formation of a self-regulatory body for the press in the wake of the Leveson inquiry.

Chief Constable of Northumbria Police v Erichsen
(UKEAT/0027/15/BA), 9 September 2015
Appeal concerning the calculation of pension loss and tax treatment of Tribunal awards.

Anderson v London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority
(2013) IRLR 459
Whether a term in a collective agreement was apt to be incorporated in employees’ contracts of employment, and how the term should be interpreted.

O’Brien v Ministry of Justice
[2013] 1 WLR 522, SC, [2013] UKSC 6
Whether judges are workers who have an employment contract or employment relationship and, if they are, whether it is permissible for national law to discriminate between full-time and part-time judges, or between different kinds of part-time judges in the provision of pensions. Question referred to ECJ.

Invideous Ltd v Thorogood
[2013] EWHC 3015 (Ch)
Successfully represented the claimant company in a week-long high court trial of claims for breach of restrictive covenants, breach of confidence, etc in respect of the poaching of its business by the defendant.  Also involved contempt of court allegations.

CMA Nurseries Ltd v Secretary of State for Education
Successfully represented the appellant Orthodox Jewish School in an appeal against the SSE’s decision to remove it from the register of independent schools.  SSE withdrew defence to appeal.

Peninsula Business Services Ltd v Information Commissioner and SoS for Justice and Lord Chancellor
[2014] UKUT 284 (AAC)
Successfully represented the IC in this appeal concerning the absolute exemption in s 32 of FOIA for court records.


Attorney General’s A panel of Counsel


University of Cambridge, MA, Music 1*

City University, CPE, Distinction

Inns of Court School of Law, BVC, Everard Ver Heyden Prize and OUP Prize for Excellence in Advocacy and Procedure


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Professional title: Barrister

Full name (as registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales): Holly Stout

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