David Holland QC
David Holland was called to the Bar in 1986 and practised at 29 Bedford Row before joining Landmark Chambers in September 2002. He took silk in 2011.
The core of his practice is all forms of property litigation. He also practises in the areas of professional negligence and costs. He is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Property Bar Association and the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
David acts for all types of client in all types of dispute within his specialist areas. His clients range from individual householders to the largest property developers and landowners. He has represented local authorities, firms of solicitors and representative bodies. David can accept instructions under the Bar Council’s Public Access scheme.
As his list of cases demonstrates, David has immense experience of litigating at all levels of court. Recent highlights have included:
- Acting for the Law Society as Intervening Party in the appeal in Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya
- Acting for the Law Society in many of the more significant costs cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal over the last 10 years including, most recently, Haven v Gavin Edmondson, Budana v Leeds Hospital and Denton v White
- Acting in a significant case involving mooring rights in the Thames
- Acting for a former landlord in a dilapidations claim against a well-known multi-national company which settled just before trial with the payment of over £5 million in damages
- Acting for the landlord in the largest and most significant 1954 Act renewal case for many years
- Acting for TV personality Noel Edmonds in a claim against a former business partner
- Successfully arguing in the High Court that an AGA given by an original tenant’s guarantor was void
- Acting on behalf of a landowner in successfully claiming a prescriptive right to park.
David has been ranked in the legal guidebooks as a leading practitioner in his fields for many years. In the Chambers & Partners 2018 Guide in Real Estate Litigation it is said that he “is a seriously smooth silk” and “an extremely talented advocate who is ruthless in cross-examination. Very user-friendly and extremely charismatic, he has a wicked sense of humour.” In the Costs Litigation section he is described as “an experienced litigator” and it states that he is, “energetic, enthusiastic and like a dog with a bone in court.” “Persistence is his hallmark”. In the latest edition of the Legal 500 in Property Litigation section he is ranked in Tier 1. It states that, “he is a bright and tenacious individual, who inspires confidence”, whilst in the Costs section he is described as: “A very clever and safe pair of hands.” He has previously been named as the Real Estate Silk of the Year in the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.
David sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division. He is also a Recorder and sits as a part time Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). In addition, he acts as an arbitrator.
He regularly gives lectures and seminars both as part of the Landmark seminar series and elsewhere.
David’s interests include watching test match cricket, food and wine, and listening to classical music. David is a member of Lancashire and Surrey CCC as well as a member of the MCC. He is also an Arsenal season ticket holder.
Articles and Presentations
- Dreamvar – The Outcome
- Restrictive Covenants On Freehold Land – A Recap And Particular Problems Of Consent
- The AGA Saga: Assignments After Victoria Street
- Shopping for Old Clothes Implication and Apportionment After Marks & Spencer
- Remedies After Coventry v Lawrence: Shelfer shelved?
- Rent and Interim Rent Under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954:
- Consent to Assign or Sublet and Waiver (2008) 12 L&T Review 6
- Landlords Consent to assign or sublet: Is the pendulum swinging back? (2005) 9 L&T Review 88
- Recent cases on consent to assign or sublet