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Holly Dobson

holly.dobson@wake-smith.com

T. 0114 224 2121 M. 07912 087528

Holly Dobson

Director

Department: Dispute Resolution and Employment

Years’ experience in the above area: 30 Years

About Holly and her main areas of work: 

Holly has a wide variety of dispute resolution experience gained over 30 years. Over the last 10 years she has particularly focused on employment advice; employment related litigation and regulatory advice including professional disciplinary matters. With the General Data Protection Regulation due in force in early 2018  she is very involved in business support on data protection issues this year. She started her career in insurance litigation later specialising in high value Defendant  personal injury cases and is therefore still involved in advising and appearing at inquests. She is an experienced advocate  in a variety of courts and tribunals. She has also regularly represented clients at mediations and joint settlement meetings. Holly is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

  • Employment Advice; contentious and non-contentious – including both tribunal and professional disciplinary panels.
  • Particular experience of Defendant work, both for insurers and private clients.
  • External counsel to a number of companies in the health care sector providing wide ranging advice on HR issues, regulatory compliance and fraud prevention.
  • General litigation experience in a variety of professional negligence, partnership and contract disputes
  • Advocacy experience in a variety of courts and tribunals
  • Experience of Inquest representation and issues arising
  • Mediator trained and experienced in mediation representation

  • Deputy District Judge since 1998
  • Solicitor Member of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal since 2015
  • Regular presenter on employment law topics
  • Visiting Lecturer on litigation and employment practice at post graduate level 2011 -2015

Important/Significant matters undertaken:

  • Acting for a disabled employee against a government department resulting in a successful outcome
  • Successful, much publicised case in the Court of Appeal, Harrison v Jagged Globe (Alpine) Limited, concerning the limitations on vicarious liability.
  • Inquest representation in several high profile inquest cases including a jury inquest.
  • a  media reported inquest case involving alleged professional negligence/manslaughter
  • Discreet and successful representation on a number of professional negligence claims and representation before professional bodies.
  • Several metals and materials litigation in the Technology and Construction Court

Pro Bono

  • Director of the Freshgate Trust (founded by Harry Brearley inventor of Stainless Steel)
    (2006 -
  • Trustee and Secretary Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust (1997 - 2016 )
  • Sheffield Law Society Committee Member and Head of Litigation Focus Group (2006 -2012)

Recent Articles by Holly Dobson

Court of Appeal Decision: Data Protection and Rights to Access Data
What happens in an inquest?
DPA - Access request refused where GP exposed to negligence claim
Guidance on Brexit - September 2016
Recruiters look to social media before hiring

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