Nicholas Holland - McDermott Will & Emery


Nicholas (Nick) Holland focuses his practice on international contentious trusts and estates and acts primarily for wealthy families, individuals, institutional trustees, protectors and enforcers in disputes involving offshore trusts. Nick is also often involved in non-contentious international private wealth matters where he brings his extensive knowledge of offshore trusts and jurisdictions as well as potentially litigious outcomes to bear on the difficulties faced by international wealthy families.

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  • Advised trustees and beneficiaries in various proceedings in connection with applications in various offshore jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Channel Islands for the blessing of momentous decisions by the trustees.
  • Advising corporate and individual trustees and beneficiaries in respect of various hostile breach of trust proceedings in England and in various offshore jurisdictions.
  • Advised trustees in connection with applications to set aside appointments of new trustees and appointments out to amended trusts on the basis of mistake.

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  • The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Trusts and Personal Tax Law, 2023 – 2024
  • The Legal 500 UK, Private Client: Contentious Trusts and Probate, Leading Individual, 2023 – 2024
  • Who’s Who Legal, Thought Leaders, Private Client 2022
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Contentious Trusts and Estates Team of the Year 2012–2013
  • Private Client Global Elite 2017 – 2022, Legal Week
  • Chambers High Net Worth 2016 – 2023, Band 1 in London Firms: Private Wealth Disputes and ranked in London Firms: Foreign Expert for Canada. “His practice encompasses acting for institutional trustees, private clients and other market advisers. A source regards him as “great to deal with, he is practical and a solutions guy.” He is well versed in cases involving conflicts between national laws.” [Nick] is a well-recognized lawyer with plenty of cross-border experience. Sources note that “he is a real expert in offshore work” and say that “he knows international matters inside out.” He has been involved in many high-profile cases and is considered “a stellar name in the area with a huge amount of respect and clout in the market.” “He is incredibly commercially and pragmatically minded, without losing sight of the legal position,” reports an interviewee, who also says: “He is absolutely fantastic with clients – they really love him.”

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  • Chair, University College London, Denys Holland Scholarship Committee
  • Director, LexisPSL Private Client Consulting Editorial Board
  • Co-Chair, ALM/LegalWeek Global Elite International Trusts and Estates Litigation Forum


University of Toronto, BA, (Hons), 1993
University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Bachelor of Laws, 1996

British Columbia
Cayman Islands
England and Wales