About Holly

Holly has 35 years’ experience, initially specialising in litigation, she has focused on employment disputes and advisory work for the last 15 years. Working closely with an insurance client on compliance issues she became interested in data protection work long before GDPR came into existence. In the run up to GDPR she particularly concentrated on assisting businesses with data protection compliance and on data protection training. Holly focuses on business support; advising clients proactively to manage and mitigate risk and costs. Whilst her role is to seek to avoid disputes, she is an experienced advocate and a robust litigator where the need arises.

Holly also acts for individuals. In recent years she has negotiated some complex exits from local government and industry. She acts for both individuals and employers in disability and sex discrimination claims.

Recent examples of her work include:

  • Providing both employment and data protection support in due diligence exercises involving the acquisition of a companies in deals worth between £2m and over £20m
  • Supported a UK subsidiary of an EU group in data protection cross border compliance
  • Pursuing two unfair dismissal claims, one involving disability discrimination, through the employment tribunal to successful conclusions. One involved a leading UK employer.


  • Data Protection
  • Employment
  • Third Sector organisations, including Charities and Schools
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Professional Services Sector

Professional Societies

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Law Society

When not at work

Holly loves the countryside and gentle rambles in the Peak District, usually with a good pub at the end. She loves history and travelling around historic towns and cities, whether at home or abroad. She is a keen gardener and usually relaxes by listening to the radio or reading. She collects early editions of various crime writers; but has yet to find a first edition.

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Holiday Pay: Another potential headache!

For those businesses who have categorised individuals as independent contractors and not as Workers (or even employees) another potential headache has emerged.

Pencil iconBy Holly Dobson on 13th April 2022

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

Data Sharing – Mergers, Acquisitions and Insolvencies

The issue of lawful data sharing, under data protection legislation, often arise in mergers, acquisitions and changes in organisational structure including insolvency situations.

Pencil iconBy Holly Dobson on 15th December 2021

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

Data Sharing Made Easy (well, easier)

The new Data Sharing Code, (effective October 2021), provides welcome clarification, with useful checklists and examples.

Pencil iconBy Holly Dobson on 7th December 2021

On the Spot with Holly Dobson

On the Spot with Holly Dobson

Holly Dobson is a Partner in the Employment law team at Lupton Fawcett LLP, based at the Sheffield office.

Pencil iconBy Holly Dobson on 2nd November 2021

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

£495,000 Fines for We Buy Any Car, Sports Direct and Saga

The Data Protection Regulator, the ICO, has announced fines totalling £495,000 to three well-known companies which, between them, sent more than 354 million nuisance messages.

Pencil iconBy Holly Dobson on 16th September 2021

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

Data Protection – Reducing the Red Tape?

The "red tape" task force headed by Sir Iain Duncan-Smith reported earlier this summer on ways of reducing regulations post Brexit.

Pencil iconBy Holly Dobson on 8th September 2021

My favourite places in Sheffield

My favourite places in Sheffield by Holly Dobson

Holly Dobson is a partner with Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett. Born in Ethiopia to a mother who worked for the Foreign Office and rode

Pencil iconBy Holly Dobson on 19th August 2021

Data Law

What’s data protection to do with me?

In a week when Zoom has settled a privacy law suit (for 85 million dollars) relating to alleged breach of privacy rights in which personal data

Pencil iconBy Holly Dobson on 9th August 2021

Holly is an excellent employment lawyer and very committed to giving her clients an excellent service. She plays an active role in ….the legal and business community in Sheffield

Francis Woodhead

Former President, Sheffield Law Society

It has been a pleasure to work with Holly. I’ve always found her to be very approachable and obliging. She responds to my requests for support in a way that increases my understanding of the legislation that we have to act on and implement. Where there is scope for interpretation or options to consider she is forthcoming in highlighting these and I have always found her willing to spend time discussing these with me. Over the years she has been really helpful and supportive.

Sue Barraclough

Compliance Officer at Haven Insurance Company Limited

Holly is consistently rated in the Legal 500 for being “ a highly regarded tactician" with notable expertise "in the field of employment law and data protection”

Legal 500 2019


BA Hons (Law) Durham University (Van Mildert College)

Solicitors final exam Guildford College of Law

Commenced work with DLA

Admitted to Solicitors Roll

Partner at Benson Clegg

Appointed Deputy District Judge

Partner, then Director at Wake Smith

Appointed Member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Joined Lupton Fawcett as a Partner

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