Grant Holley

Founder & Managing Partner

A founding partner of the firm, Grant enjoys helping people do business well.  With more than 30 years' experience as a legal professional, and more than 20 years' as an educator in commercial law, his skills set makes him an effective professional who leads well and naturally engenders stakeholder buy-in.

At a Glance

Summary My Details
Key areas of expertise:
  • Arbitration/mediation of financial advice disputes
  • Financial technology (FinTech) 
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • ADR
  • Financial services law
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Commercial law & equity
Admitted to practice:  2/4/1984
Career achievements:
  • Grant was a member of the Victorian Bar between 1986 and 1995.  He founded Holley Nethercote Commercial & Financial Services Lawyers and sister company Compact - Compliance & Training, along with business partner Tim Nethercote in March 1995.
  • A contributing author to a number of legal publications and journals, including the Law Book Company's 'Laws of Australia', Butterworths' 'Halsbury's Laws of Australia', 'Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents' and 'Court Forms and Pleadings.  Grant has also authored a book 'Management and the Law'.
  • Grant is a founding member and Associate of the Australian Compliance Institute, and a fellow of the Resolution Institute.
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Master of Laws
  • Fellow of the Resolution Institute
  • Cert IV training and assessment.  RG 146
Future aspirations: To continue making Holley Nethercote and Compact the No. 1 financial services law and compliance training firms in the Asia-Pacific region.
Interests outside of work:
  • Family
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Kayaking
  • Bike riding
  • Outdoor activities
Favourite quote:  “All generalisations are dangerous.”

Most recent blogs written by me

  • Commercial Law

    Unfair Contract Terms – What’s the problem?

    Monday, 26 November 2018
    You want to download an app on your phone, sign up for a service of some kind or rent a car. Someone comes to the door or telephones you and wants you to commit to a contract.

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  • Financial Services Law

    Part V: Proprietary Companies Enter the Crowd-Sourced Funding Realm

    Monday, 29 October 2018
    On 12 September, Parliament passed the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill 2017 (‘the Bill’). The new provisions commenced on 19 October 2018, extending the availability of crowd-sourced funding (‘CSF’) opportunities to proprietary companies. Until then, CSF had only been available to public companies, following the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017. The Bill’s amendments come as welcome news to proprietary companies, which make up the vast majority of registered companies in Australia.

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  • Commercial Law

    Your obligations under Australia's new Modern Slavery Bill

    Monday, 17 September 2018
    Australia’s new Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) was introduced into the House of Representatives on 28 June 2018 and is expected to be passed by the end of the year with bipartisan support. The Bill’s purpose is to address modern slavery risks in the supply chains of Australian goods and services by establishing a reporting framework for Australian entities.

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