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Junior counsel

Jordan Holland

Call to Bar:2009

Chambers UK 2017 Traditional Chancery

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

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 appeared at first instance and on appeal for the successful claimant in Watts v Watts (where he successfully proved a will to be a forgery).

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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Chambers HNW Guide

He is a brilliant junior who is incredibly bright and user friendly."

Chambers UK 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."

Chambers UK 2017 Traditional Chancery

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

About Jordan Holland

Professional Reputation

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

“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 no-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

“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:

  • Trilogy Management Ltd v Harcus Sinclair [2016] EWHC 170 (Ch) – 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) – 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
  • Acting for the litigation friend of an incapacitated Claimant in a complex undue influence and breach of fiduciary duty claim
Offshore

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). He is currently acting in a dispute involving the commission payable in respect of what is reported to have been the most valuable art transaction ever.

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