Elisa Holmes

Date of admission to the Bar
1998

Areas of practice

  • Administrative & public law
  • Appellate practice
  • Arbitration
  • Class actions
  • Commercial law
  • Defamation & media law
  • Equity
  • Insolvency & bankruptcy
  • Insurance law
  • Professional liability
  • Public & private international law
  • Sports law
  • Trade practices & competition law

Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia in 1998.
Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003.
Admitted as a barrister in New South Wales in 2012.

Elisa is an experienced trial and appellate advocate, and has practised as a barrister for 12 years in London, Sydney and Adelaide. She has appeared regularly in the highest courts in each of these jurisdictions. She has a broad commercial practice, with particular experience in general commercial, equity, corporations, company, banking, insurance, competition law and trade practices.  Elisa also has significant public law, and criminal law experience, particularly at appellate level.

Elisa has been listed as a leading junior at the Bar in various areas of specialisation. She is described in Chambers UK and Legal 500 as having “acute legal thinking” and “an elegant style in court”, and as combining an “approachable and charming manner with the steel of a gritty and determined advocate”. She is described as “enthusiastic and clever” and “committed, analytical and combative”.

Elisa is also an experienced sports lawyer. She was the Australian Olympic Team Advocate for the 2012 Olympic Games and is a member of the Sports Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators in the UK. She has appeared in a large number of cases before various sporting tribunals including, in particular, the International Court of Arbitration for Sport and she has adjudicated over a range of sporting disputes.

Background
Barrister, South Australia, 1998-2001
University of Oxford 2001-2003
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Columbia, NYC, 2004
Barrister, England & Wales, 2005 –
Barrister, New South Wales 2012 –

Qualifications
Master of Philosophy (Distinction) (University of Oxford) 2003
Bachelor of Civil Laws (Distinction) (University of Oxford) 2002
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (First) (University of Adelaide) 1997 (University Medalist)
Bachelor of Arts (University of South Australia) 1994

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