Holly is a former family solicitor with over 10 years experience in family law.
As a solicitor Holly was a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and specialised in the representation of children, both directly and through their Children’s Guardian’s, parents and grandparents in proceedings with child protection concerns.
Holly’s time as a solicitor has given her a depth of experience in quickly forging trusting connections with those she represents who are often vulnerable and in distress. Holly regularly represents the most vulnerable of clients, from children to adults with significant intellectual or emotional needs and neurodivergence, to those lacking capacity.
Holly has experience navigating complex proceedings including cases with physical injuries, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and cases multifarious medical conditions such as bleeding disorders and genetic conditions.
Holly is skilled in sensitively handling cases where parental alienation and complex family dynamics feature as a representative for parents, children and grandparents.
Holly has been described as a tenacious and persuasive advocate and has appeared in Court centres across England.
“Holly is a tenacious advocate who is quick on her feet and will fight fearlessly for clients, whilst advising them in a sensitive and understanding manner outside the Courtroom. Her understanding of the clients’ needs and ability to pick through to the real issues in the case is second to none. She is a pleasure to work with and has gone above and beyond to assist in preparing cases and meeting clients’ objectives.”
“ I have known Miss Bates for a number of years both as a Solicitor and recently as a Barrister. Miss Bates is an exceptional and skilled advocate who I instruct on a regular basis for very complex care and private law cases. Miss Bates is a pleasure to work with who is dedicated , hard working, efficient and extremely organised, providing detailed feedback/notes to me in a timely manner. Miss Bates provides the clients with a high level of client care and will make herself available to assist at short notice should the need arise. “
University of Hull (LLB Hons) – 2009
College of Law, Legal Practice Course – 2011
Admitted to the roll of Solicitors – 2012
Law Society Children Panel Member – 2016 Called to the bar – 2021