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Nicholas Holland

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Nick is a litigator. He primarily represents institutional trustees, private clients and their advisers as well as non-contentious lawyers in multi-jurisdictional and offshore trusts disputes. Nick is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia, and Ontario, as an attorney at law in the Cayman Islands, as a solicitor in England and Wales. He practiced in each of those jurisdictions for a number of years.


University of Toronto (1993 BA; 1996 Faculty of Law).

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Nicholas Holland - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s ‘very thorough team is really well known in this area, and is often involved in the most substantial and large cases’ both domestically and internationally, with particular expertise in offshore trusts and the laws of the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. Ziva Robertson is ‘just brilliant’, and attracts particular praise for her expertise in hostile trust litigation: she is ‘a very clever lateral thinker who fights for her clients like a tigress but always within the rules’. Nicholas Hollandis very good at setting out the key issues, and always seems to be further ahead than the other side’. Simon Goldring is another key partner, while at associate level Catrin Hughes is ‘a very safe pair of hands’ and the ‘bright’ Simon Gibb is ‘very quick at absorbing complex facts and then providing practical solutions’. The team is acting for the beneficiary of a Bahamian trust and her adult children in the landmark Court of Appeal case Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing, which looks likely to transform not only the rights of individuals under the Data Protection Act, but also the rights of trust beneficiaries to documents and personal data held by a trustee and the trustee’s lawyers. The firm also advised the Canadian executors of an estate on various matters including a potential application to vary a Canadian will in England.

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