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Holly Stout

Holly Stout

Holly Stout

Practice Overview

"Intellectually exceptional," she is noted for her "depth of knowledge and deft handling of the law." (Chambers & Partners 2017)

"She is excellent for complex cases and very clear in her advice." (Chambers & Partners 2017)

"She processes and delivers matters very quickly, is user-friendly and is good on her feet." (Chambers & Partners 2017)

"She is formidable in her grasp of detail" (Legal 500)

"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)

"A brilliant advocate, she's very good at analysing the strengths and weaknesses of a case." (Chambers & Partners)

“very responsive and easy-to-work with." (Legal 500)

Holly Stout practices in Public law and Human Rights, Employment law, Commercial law, Education law, Information and Data Protection law. She is recommended in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior in Employment, Education and Data Protection law and in Legal 500 as a leading junior in Administrative and Public law.

Holly’s Public law practice at11KBW encompasses local 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.

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, etc.

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.

Holly’s Education law practice includes regular appearances as an advocate in the First-Tier Tribunal in special educational needs and disability cases and, on appeal, in the Upper Tribunal. She has also appeared in the County Court and High Court on both public and private law education matters, including university and school admission and exclusion cases. She has appeared on her own in the Court of Appeal.

Holly also specializes in Information and Data Protection law and, as well as advising regularly on such issues, has acted in over such 30 cases before the First-Tier and/or Upper Tribunal/High Court.

Holly was appointed to the Attorney-General’s ‘B’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in March 2012.

Holly was a Foundation Scholar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where she obtained her year’s highest starred First Class degree in Music and was awarded various College and University prizes. Holly subsequently gained a Distinction in the Common Professional Examination at City University, and was awarded the Everard Ver Heyden Prize and the OUP Prize for Excellence in Advocacy and Procedure for her performance on the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law.

Holly is a contributor to Tolley’s Employment Handbook, Butterworths Employment Law Guide, the Administrative Law chapter of Halsbury’s, a commentator for the Education Law Journal and updates ‘Local Authorities and Human Rights’ for Tottel’s Local Government Law.

Holly is a member of the Free Representation Unit, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, Lawyers for Liberty and the Administrative and Employment Law Bar Associations


Public law

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

R (Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust) v (1) Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) Brent London Borough Council
[2013] EWHC 4101 (Admin)
Successfully represented the Secretary of State in this challenge concerning responsibility for accommodating a man with questionable immigration status: the duty to accommodate rested with the local authority.

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.

R (Essex County Council) v Secretary of State for Education
[2012] ELR 383
Secretary of State had breached his public sector equality duties when he reduced the amount that local authorities could carry forward to the next financial year for early learning purposes

R (Dowsett) v Secretary of State for Justice
[2011] EWHC 2877 (Admin)
Acted as junior to Jonathan Swift QC for the Secretary of State in this claim in which it was alleged that the searching of male prisoners by female prison officers is discriminatory.

Employment law

Walker v Innospec Ltd; O’Brien v Ministry of Justice
[2015] EWCA Civ 1000, [2015] IRLR 1005; Times, November 10 2015, CA, October 6 2015
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. 

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.

Pannu and ors v Geo W King Ltd
[2012] IRLR 193
Junior to James Goudie QC in this first case in the EAT to consider the “supply of goods” exception to service provision changes under TUPE.

Education law

CMA Nurseries Ltd v Secretary of State for Education (2015)
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.

Bury MBC v SU
[2011] ELR 14
Whether parent entitled to insist on mainstream education for child with SEN even if unsuitable.

R (TS) v Solihull MBC
[2009] ELR 148
Whether a need for consistency of approach equated to a special educational need for a waking-day curriculum.

R (Chandler) v LB Camden and ors
[2009] BLGR 417
As junior counsel to Clive Lewis QC in case concerning lawfulness of Camden’s proposals for an Academy to be provided by UCL.

Information law

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.

Department of Health v Information Commissioner and John Healey MP (2012)
126 BMLR 110
Represented John Healey MP in this case concerning the release of risk registers relating to the NHS reforms.

Chief Constable of South Yorkshire v IC
[2011] 1 WLR 1387
Matters to be taken into account when estimating costs for the purposes of the costs limit in s 12 of FOIA.

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