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Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers
180 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4A 2HG
England

Position

David was called to the Bar in 2001 and was appointed King’s Counsel in 2020. He began practice in 2004, after spending a year working as a Judicial Assistant to the Law Lords (Lord Nicholls and Lord Rodger). He is described by the latest editions of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as “one of the top juniors, who is bound to go very far“, whose work “outstrips that produced by some silks“, and “an outstanding advocate” with drafting skills which are “second to none“. He is “exceptionally bright” with “a brilliant academic and incisive mind” and is “a joy to work with“.  The previous editions described him as “an extraordinarily impressive advocate”, “an outstanding junior”, who is “highly impressive” and “has excellent judgment and is very good with clients”. He is “incredibly clever” and “formidable in court”. He has also been described in the directories as “A “high-class” practitioner” with “deep experience of advocacy before the highest courts, both domestically and abroad, on behalf of government and claimants” who is “regarded as one of the go-to experts for human rights and EU law” and is “a top-quality lawyer and an excellent communicator”.

David was shortlisted for the Chambers & Partners Human Rights and Public Law Junior of the Year award in both 2018 and 2016, and for the Legal 500 Public Law Junior of the Year award in 2018.

In 2015, David was appointed to the Attorney General’s “A” Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, after 5 years on the “B” Panel and 3 years on the “C” Panel before that. He was also on the Treasury Solicitor’s former list of counsel specialising in Freedom of Information issues until its incorporation into the main Attorney General’s Panels. He is developed vetted and regularly works in the national security and counter-terrorism field.

David specialises in all areas of public law, human rights, European Union law, environmental and planning law. He regularly appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He frequently acts as sole counsel on behalf of the United Kingdom Government in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) and had represented the United Kingdom in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights. He is the Joint Editor of the leading public law journal Judicial Review.

David is ranked as a leading barrister in six different areas in the main legal directories: Administrative Law, EU Law, Local Government Law, Immigration Law and Community Care in the 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners; and Administrative Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, EU Law and Immigration Law in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500. The 2015 Planning Magazine survey ranked him as a top rated planning junior. The 2009 Planning Magazine survey ranked him in the top 10 planning barristers in the country under 35.

Education

David studied Modern Languages (French and German) at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He then undertook (also at Trinity) an M.Phil in International Relations, writing a thesis on minority rights in the EU accession process, with particular focus on the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Whilst at Cambridge, in addition to being awarded a number of college scholarships, David was awarded scholarships by the German and Czech Governments for academic work abroad.

He studied law at City University, where he was later awarded an MA in Law on the basis of a dissertation on material error of fact as a ground of judicial review. He was later a Visiting Lecturer in European Community law at City University. He was a Major Scholar of the Inner Temple, Inner Temple Bursary holder and Bar Council Stage Scholar. David is fluent in French, and has good German, basic Czech and Slovak and is learning Farsi.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Blundell KCLandmark ChambersDavid is a very reasonable and sensible advocate. That means that the court has confidence in him. He is also a very technically able.

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

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London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Blundell KCLandmark Chambers

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

David Blundell KCLandmark Chambers ‘David is a very reasonable and sensible advocate. That means that the court has confidence in him. He is also a very technically able.’    

Considered a ‘a strong public law set’, Landmark Chambers often appear in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in an even amount of claimant and defendant work, particularly within civil liberties and human rights. ‘Persuasive and astuteSamantha Broadfoot KC recently appeared in Savvas Halloumas v Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, a judicial review in the sovereign base areas concerning the British government’s enforcement (or lack thereof) of land ownership rights in the base area asserted by a Greek Cypriot but allegedly occupied by Turkish Cypriots. David Blundell KC appeared in R (Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport in 2021, acting for the Secretary of State in this judicial review challenging the “traffic light” system of travel restrictions imposed by the British government during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a “red list” of countries which persons returning from were detained in quarantine hotels at their own expense.

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

David Blundell KCLandmark ChambersDavid is a very reasonable and sensible advocate, always winning the confidence of the Court.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Blundell KCLandmark Chambers ‘A very reasonable and sensible advocate in whom the court has confidence, he is very technically able.’