Holly McAdam

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Holly McAdam

Holly McAdam


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Holly McAdam is a government lawyer based in Canberra. She focuses on major capability acquisition and sustainment projects and funding arrangements, particularly in the technology sector.

Holly has worked with Commonwealth government clients for over 15 years on all phases of Commonwealth procurement and funding activities. Her role spans structuring and drafting request documentation, conducting evaluation processes through to negotiating and enforcing contracts. She advises on associated issues including regulatory compliance, risk allocation, warranties, liabilities and indemnities, innovative contracting models, IP and on general contract law.

Holly is listed as a band 2 lawyer for Government in Chambers (2022) and "acclaimed by market sources as a very switched-on partner and "rising star in the sector" with a "great eye for detail and deep understanding of our department's business and commercial priorities". She is noted as being especially familiar with the workings of Commonwealth departments (having served on secondment at several), and as regularly advising on the development of major technological innovations. Holly was voted best commercial lawyer, Canberra, by her peers in 2022 and was also awarded Government Partner of the Year (Lawyers Weekly) in 2018.

Holly is well known across her clients, their advisers and her peers and colleagues for being a pleasure to work with. She is approachable, personable, pragmatic and able to distil complex legal issues into plain English. She also invests in getting to know the perspectives and drivers of all stakeholders and is comfortable working with multi-disciplinary and multi-firm teams.

Professional experience

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  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory 2003
  • High Court of Australia 2003
  • Listed as a band 2 lawyer for Government in Chambers (2022)
  • Awarded Government Partner of the Year by Lawyers Weekly (2018)
  • English


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