Holly McAdam
Holly McAdam
Holly McAdam Partner
t: +61 2 6263 6317
m: +61 404 180 659
o: Canberra

Holly McAdam


About Holly

Holly is a senior commercial lawyer who advises large Commonwealth Government agencies and private clients on major projects from inception and planning to implementation. Her experience covers contracting, funding and remediation activities.

What she does
Holly takes a strategic approach to ensuring that each phase in large projects leads to achieving the planned outcome. Clients value her astute problem-solving and project management skills, which are brought to the fore on "problem" projects and issues, including compliance and risk analysis and remediation strategies. She advises on traditional and innovative project and contract models, market-testing and evaluation activities, and contract negotiation, drafting and enforcement.
Who she works with
Holly primarily works with Commonwealth Government departments and agencies.
Work done recently
Djimindi Lightweight Torpedo Alliance Agreement
In line with ANAO’s recommendations, Defence wanted to manage an efficient, effective and seamless “close out” of the Djimindi alliance and transition to traditional in-service support contracts.
What her clients say
The company I work for requires timely, succinct and pragmatic legal advice from its external law firms. Sparke Helmore excel in all these areas. They consistently raise the bar with their peers in terms of their ability to judge their client's needs and respond proactively and professionally. Brett Duthie, Legal Counsel, Global Facilities Management Company.

The advice and support provided by Sparke was always well considered, balanced, pragmatic and unambiguous, based on their wealth of experience in dealing with Federal government clients. As the project manager for this project, I highly recommend engaging Sparke throughout the project lifecycle. Mr Joel Deans, Project Manager Secure Communications Modernisation Project Land, Chief Information Officer Group, Department of Defence.

Listed: Government Lawyer – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018
Listed: Recommended Government Lawyer - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
Listed: Recommended Leading Corporate, Commercial & Procurement Lawyer - Canberra - Doyle's Guide 2017
Holly has a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Life before Sparkes
Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2010, Holly was a senior associate at Clayton Utz where she worked in the government and commercial law teams on public and private sector client matters, including major capability and technology projects.
Life outside of Sparkes
Holly's recent "tree-change" means she spends plenty of time doing outdoorsy things – horse riding, gardening and playing with Slim the cattle dog.