Jordan Holland
Junior counsel

Jordan Holland

Call to Bar:2009

Chambers HNW – Traditional Chancery

“An absolute go-to junior barrister who is destined for big things”

Jordan has a wide Chancery practice with a particular emphasis on offshore and domestic trust disputes, contentious probate, Court of Protection and cases involving art and cultural property.

Jordan has significant experience of working in larger teams as well as on cases where he is sole instructed counsel. He has appeared in a number of major offshore trusts disputes in recent years, including the Trilogy litigation and the Crociani litigation. Onshore, he acted in the Dellal v Dellal claims and in the Bathurst litigation.

Jordan is noted for his art and cultural property practice. He has experience handling significant contentious and non-contentious matters in this area, with a particular emphasis on disputes involving authenticity, provenance, title and spoliation. He has acted for collectors, dealers, institutions and governments (including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport).

Jordan regularly appears in the High Court and the Court of Protection, where he is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor.

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"He is absolutely excellent - very technically minded and particularly good at dealing with difficult family dynamics. He also turns things round exceptionally quickly."


"He's pragmatic, approachable and very easy to work with."

LEGAL 500 2020

"He is a very impressive and knowledgeable barrister."

Legal 500 2020

"He gets stuck in to the issues."


"A fierce reputation."


"He is excellent at proprietary estoppel and 1975 Act claims, good in mediation, and an incredibly forceful personality. He draws upon a real depth of knowledge and is a really good foil in mediations - he drives a hard bargin on the other side."


"He has a very sharp legal mid. He prepared authoritative advices and is a determined advocate."


“Commended for his really well-versed advocacy style”


“Really responsive and has that commercial eye, which is quite unique for the Junior Bar”


“He is tremendously insightful, incredibly approachable and really fun to work with.”

About Jordan Holland

Professional Reputation


“An absolute go-to junior barrister who is destined for big things.”

“He is incredibly thorough and takes a practical approach to complex matters with reams of paperwork”

“He can deal with the full spectrum of cases and is on top of every issue. He is a great team player and his experience is superior to his years of practice”

“Commended for his really well-versed advocacy style”

Chambers HNW 2018 – Traditional Chancery

“Produces excellent detailed drafting and is very thorough and clear in the way he expresses his opinion. He has a good grasp of the practical approach needed when dealing with litigation.”

Chambers UK 2018 – Traditional Chancery

“A rising star in this field.”

Chambers HNW 2017 – Traditional Chancery

“Widely regarded as one of the standout up-and-coming juniors at the Chancery Bar”

“His style of advocacy is relaxed but punchy. He’s sensible and he gets to the nub of the matter quickly.”

Chambers UK 2017 – Traditional Chancery

“Quite a rising young star”

“He is a brilliant junior who is incredibly bright and user friendly”

“He puts clients at their ease.”

Chambers HNW 2016 – Traditional Chancery

“He is incredibly bright and has and incredible memory for the detail. He is far beyond his call in terms of knowledge, and is fun to work with.”

Chambers UK 2016 – Traditional Chancery


“Creative thinker.”

“Really responsive and has that commercial eye, which is quite unique for the Junior Bar”

Chambers HNW 2018 – Art & Cultural Property

“Jordan is pragmatic and commercial in his advice, and shows a true understanding of the art market.”

Chambers UK 2018 – Art & Cultural Property

“A very experienced advocate for his level of call.”

Chambers HNW 2017 – Art & Cultural Property

“A knowledgeable and commercial advocate.”

Legal 500 2017 – Art & Cultural Property

“Very hands on and knowledgeable in the area, he’s alert to all the issues and a pleasure to work with.”

“He is great and very commercially minded”

Chambers UK 2017 – Art & Cultural Property

“He is amazing. He is personable and approachable. He gives non-nonsense clear and commercial advice”

“He knows his stuff in this field, he is very good with clients and he is a pleasure to work with.”

Chambers HNW 2016 – Art & Cultural Property

“He is amazing and very seasoned in his approach.”

“He gives non-nonsense, clear and commercial advice.”

Chambers UK 2016 – Art & Cultural Property


“He is tremendously insightful, incredibly approachable and really fun to work with.”

Chambers UK 2018 – Court of Protection

“His drafting is excellent, he works to very tight deadlines and he’s able to give advice that the client doesn’t want to hear but has to hear”

“He’s extremely knowledgeable and very good”

Chambers UK 2017 – Court of Protection

“A rising star of the Court of Protection”

“He drafts complex documents quickly and clearly. He leads matter very, very strongly. He can do it all.”

Chambers UK 2016 – Court of Protection

Trusts & Inheritance

Jordan’s practice focuses on contentious trusts and probate and family provision claims. He has significant experience acting in breach of trust actions, disputed wills cases, proprietary estoppel claims and cases involving the removal and replacement of executors and trustees.

Jordan also advises on the construction and rectification of wills and professional negligence claims arising out of his practice area. He is frequently instructed in respect of trust issues arising in divorce proceedings.

Jordan’s recent experience in this area includes:

Re Earl Bathurst (Deceased) [2018] EWHC 21 (Ch); [2017] WTLR 1207 – proceedings concerning the estate of the 8th Earl Bathurst and the ability of his widow to use and enjoy valuable chattels.
Tish v Olley [2018] EWHC 1069 (Ch); [2018] WTLR 327 – acting for the children of a testator to successfully establish that his will provided a gift of ongoing maintenance.
Trilogy Management Ltd v Harcus Sinclair [2016] EWHC 170 (Ch) – very substantial professional negligence action arising out of the drafting of documentation to effect the compromise of a multi-million dollar offshore trust dispute.
Dellal v Dellal [2015] EWHC 907 (Fam); [2015] WTLR 1137 – acting for the children and grandchildren of Jack Dellal in a claim brought by his widow pursuant to the anti-avoidance provisions of the Inheritance Act.
Watts v Watts [2015] EWCA Civ 1297; [2014] EWHC 668 (Ch); [2014] EWHC 341 (Ch) – proceedings in which Jordan successfully proved a will to be a forgery (upheld on appeal).
• Acting for Guernsey and Jersey trustees of substantial family trusts in long-running divorce proceedings.
• Acting in complex litigation (involving numerous sets of proceedings) concerning the validity of various wills and gifts made by the member of a high-profile family with an estate valued in excess of £100 million.


Jordan has a wide ranging offshore practice which focuses principally on disputes arising out of trusts, settlements and international estates. He frequently acts for both beneficiaries and professional trustees, as well as protectors and lay trustees.

Jordan acted for the successful Representor in all aspects of the long-running Jersey Trilogy litigation (proceedings relating to the administration of a very substantial charitable trust) and is currently instructed for the professional trustee in the well-known Crociani litigation (one of the most substantial breach of trust actions to have reached the Jersey courts in recent years).

Although Jordan’s offshore practice has a particular focus on the Channel Islands he is also frequently instructed in other offshore jurisdictions (as well as English litigation which has a substantial offshore element). He has experience of contentious trust actions arising in the Bahamas, Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands and Mauritius.

Art and Cultural Property

Jordan is a recognised leading junior in the art and cultural property field and has developed a particular specialism in authenticity, provenance and title disputes. He acted for the successful claimant in Avrora Fine Arts Limited v Christie, Manson and Woods Ltd [2012] PNLR 35, a case involving allegations of breach of warranty and professional negligence in respect of a painting sold at auction in London and wrongly attributed to the Russian artist Boris Kustodiev.

Jordan also has notable experience of issues arising from artwork acquired during armed conflict and during colonisation. He recently advised in relation to a unique indigenous artefact acquired by an aristocratic family during the colonisation of Africa and a claim for restitution of paintings and other chattels seized by a French frigate during the American Revolutionary War. He also advises on claims before the Spoliation Advisory Panel (the body dealing with claims brought against institutions in respect of artwork looted by the Nazis).

Jordan is a member of PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market and the Institute of Art & Law).

Court of Protection

Jordan is a leading junior in the Court of Protection. His practice is principally focused on property and affairs matters (often of considerable value or complexity). He is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor.

Recent notable cases in this area include:

  • Re E [2014] EWCOP 27; [2014] Med LR 417 – acting for P’s former carer where P’s estate was valued in excess of £30 million in defending an application that she should pay her own costs of an injunction application to restrain her from removing P from the jurisdiction.
  • Re BM [2014] EWCOP B20 – acting for P’s pastor in a contested deputyship application where the court considered the extent to which P’s religious views should be given weight in the context of decisions regarding management of his affairs.
  • Re M [2013] WTLR 681 – acting for the successful applicant deputy in a case which gave guidance on the importance of P’s wishes and feelings in circumstances where P is likely to regain capacity at a future point.
Education & Qualifications

Graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge (History, First Class)

Bachelor Scholar of Christ’s College

Mrs Vincent Astor Prize for History and Sir John Plumb Dissertation Prize

Princess Royal Scholar and Duke of Edinburgh Scholar of the Inner Temple

Professional Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market)

Institute of Art and Law

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