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Nicholas Holland

Partner  |  McDermott Will & Emery

England and Wales
Cayman Islands
Canada (Ontario, British Columbia)


Offshore trust restructuring
Trust law and disputes
Art disputes


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Trust issues and the litigation arising from a Middle Eastern criminal investigation involving various the Caribbean, Middle East, and European jurisdictions.

How did you get into private client?

Initially, I was interested in wills and estates work. I was a summer associate at a law firm in Vancouver with an incredible private client practice (Donovan Waters QC had been there for years). I articled and was an associate at a firm in Vancouver with an incredible litigation practice where I was involved in some interesting and high profile Chancery work. From there I moved to Toronto where I was involved in some very high profile litigation originating from some Swiss trusts. From Toronto, I moved to Cayman to head up the commercial estates and trust litigation department of a small law firm which is now Bedell Cristin. I moved to England in 2010 and have been based here specialising in trust controversies ever since.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Work with as many different kinds of people as you can and learn as much as you can from each of them. Eventually you will sort out what will (and will not) work for you.

What is your favourite quote?

“The heart has its reason that reason knows not of” - Pascal

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

My family! I love history, walking my dog, reading, travelling, hiking and ice skating.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

The Bull & Butcher in Turville (think Vicar of Dibley) – kid and dog friendly with lovely walks nearby.