Nicholas Holland

+44 (0)207 570 1406

Nicholas Holland

Partner  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

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

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Succession planning
Dispute resolution

Q&A

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

Acting for the beneficiary in connection with a £multi-billion trust dispute involving Cayman, the UK, Netherland Antilles, Luxembourg and France. There have been issues of mental competence, cutting-edge tax complexities, issues of French legal privilege and complex corporate negotiations.

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?

“I’d rather let a thousand guilty men go free than chase after them,” Chief Wiggum, The Simpsons.


Richard Hay

+44 (0)207 367 0190

Richard Hay

Partner  |  Stikeman Elliott
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Canada (Ontario)
United States (NY)
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Estate planning
Policy advice to governments and professional firms
Tax


Paul Gibney

+1 416 864 9245

Paul Gibney

Partner  |  Thorsteinssons
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Canada (Ontario, British Columbia)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Tax

Q&A

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

The fact that I have been able to mentor so many junior lawyers and to see their practices grow.

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

It is important to get involved in the community - you must write, attend conferences and be active in the various associations.

What is your favourite quote?

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential,” Winston Churchill.


Daniel J. Dochylo

+1 416 367 6139

Daniel J. Dochylo

Partner  |  Borden Ladner Gervais
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Canada (Ontario)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Contentious trusts and estates litigation
Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution, including the conduct of mediations as mediator

Q&A

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

BLG was retained on behalf of a Trust relating to an alleged fraudulent transfer of funds by institutional trustees operating in Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The funds had been transferred to Canada ostensibly for an investment transaction being undertaken by an unrelated Trust. We are providing advice and input, along with the family’s lawyers in other jurisdictions, on approaches and proceedings. The issues are novel and the parties are scattered across a number of countries. The nature and extent of professionalism, expertise and collegiality brought to bear as regards the development of strategy and decision-making has been very satisfying.

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

In knowing your own capabilities and experience, do not be reluctant to occasionally step out of your comfort zone and build on those by pursuing a new cause of action or tackling a different sort of issue.

What is your favourite quote?

“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change,” Miles Davis.