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Katharine Holland QC

Call: 1989Silk: 2010
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Katharine Holland QC MA BCL (Oxon) DipICArb FCIArb is a property litigation Silk at Landmark Chambers.

Katharine was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2010. Her practice encompasses all aspects of property litigation, related professional negligence, related insolvency litigation and commercial Chancery litigation. Her focus is principally upon Court related work and she is highly experienced in appearing before a wide variety of courts and tribunals at all levels.

Chambers & Partners 2022 states that Katherine is “a fantastic advocate.” “Katharine always goes the extra mile. She is responsive, quick and fierce on her feet.” “She gives clients a super, fabulous service.”

The 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners says that Katharine is, “very bright, innovative and passionate about what she does.” “Katharine always goes the extra mile. She is responsive, quick and fierce on her feet.” “She goes after every point with everything she’s got and she has a real determination to win.” The 2021 edition of Legal 500 describes her as, “a pre-eminent expert in her field; she is an excellent litigation team leader and a forceful advocate.”

Other past directory references have included:-

  • “She continues to be an excellent silk.”
  • “A very strong advocate who obtains a client’s confidence and respect very quickly”. “Her ability to get to the heart of a dispute never ceases to impress.”. “An absolute class act and an excellent team player”.
  • “Simply astonishing to watch on her feet.
  • Sources agree that Holland dazzles in court, saying she is “astonishing to watch on her feet – she is razor-sharp and one of the best cross-examiners around.”
  • “Her ability to devour a lengthy and complex brief and summarise it in a few short paragraphs is mindblowing.”
  • “A firm favourite of countless solicitors, who agree that “she is phenomenal and delivers consistently time and again.” “A fearsome fighter,”  “Katharine is a hugely committed barrister. When you are up against it and need someone to really knuckle down there is no-one with more commitment or energy.”
  • Retains a first tier ranking with plaudits: can’t praise her enough, a team player, extremely knowledgeable, her paperwork is excellent, a barrister you want on your side, especially if you expect to go twelve rounds with the other side” and “a superb fast-thinking trial advocate and ferocious cross-examiner.
  • Pulls out all the stops to win your case and is recognised by instructing solicitors and opponents as a superb, fast-thinking trial advocate.

Katharine has undertaken many high profile cases, including disputes pertaining to Wembley Stadium, the London Eye. She recently appeared before the Supreme Court in the case of Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd v Vauxhall Motors Limited [2019] UKSC 46.

Katharine is also particularly well known for her specialist expertise in all types of civil trespass cases and urgent injunctions, after having acted in Hampshire Waste v Persons Unknown in 2003, in which she obtained the first injunction to be granted against ‘persons unknown’ in the context of trespass and protest demonstrations. She now regularly acts on cases involving protests and trespasses in a variety of sectors, including high profile environmental protests as well as protests in the sectors of energy, education, utilities and local government.

Katharine is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and in 2009 received a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.

Commercial, Chancery and Property Litigation

  • easements and rights of way (Safestore v RSN [2009] PLSCS 292, Millman v Ellis [1996] 71 P&CR 156)
  • restrictive covenants (City Inn v Ten Trinity EWCA Civ 15 and Thames Valley Holdings Limited v The National Trust [2012] EWCA Civ 1019)
  • rights to light (CIP Property (AIPT) Ltd v Transport for London, London Underground Ltd, Derwent Valley Central Ltd [2012] EWHC 259 and CGIS City Plaza Shares 1 Ltd and another v Britel Fund Trustees Ltd[2012] EWHC 1594)
  • adverse possession (Graham v Mayrick [2007] ADR.L.R. 01)
  • transactional disputes (Chinnock v Hocaoglu [2008] EWCA Civ 117 and London Jewish Girls High Ltd) v (1) London Borough of Barnet (2) Montclare Developments [2013] EWHC 523)
  • mortgages (Carroll v Manek and Bank of India [2000] 79 P&CR 173)
  • option agreements (Redlawn v Cowley [2010] EWHC 766)
  • misrepresentation (Cubcall vv Yossifoff)
  • damages issues (Field Common v Elmbridge [2008] EWHC 2079)
  • property ownership and constructive trusts (Tackaberry v Hollis [2007] EWHC 2633)
  • land registration (EF Clarke (Goldsmiths) Ltd v William Sapcote & Sons (Ch) Ltd)
  • property related restraint of trade and competition issues (A&P Birkenhead Ltd v (1) Northwestern Shiprepairers Ltd (2) Scott Lithgow)
  • property related inheritance issues (Levin v Beatt [2005] EWHC 828)
  • overage (Sainsburys v Oliveview 92004) EWHC 1090)
  • commercial injunctions (Haringey LBC v CSS Limited [2003] All ER (D) 21, )
  • highways (Robinson Webster v Agombar [2001] PLSCS 93 and Wentworth v Wiltshire [1993] QB 654).

Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Regularly instructed on lease renewals, which have included instructions on the business lease renewal of the infrastructure of Heathrow Airport, as well as all types of commercial landlord and tenant dispute, eg:-

  • Pavilion Property Trustees Ltd and another v Permira Advisers LLP [2014] EWHC 145
  • PCE Investors Ltd v Cancer Research UK [2012] EWHC 884
  • House of Fraser Ltd v Scottish Widows plc [2011] EWHC 800 2012] 07 EG 92
  • BNY Trust & Depositary Co Ltd v Bourne End One Ltd and others [2009] PLSCS 309
  • Windsor Life Assurance Co Ltd v Lloyds TSB Bank plc [2009] 47 EG 13
  • Orchard v Reuters [2008] EWHC 1017
  • Wembley National Stadium Ltd v Wembley (London) Ltd [2007] EWCA Civ 107
  • Lay and Others (Trustees of Portman Estate) v Drexler [2007] EWCA Civ 464
  • KUC v Alvingote [2006] PLSCS 149
  • Mount Cook Land Ltd v The Media Centre (Properties) Ltd [2006] PLSCS 189
  • Underhill v Bombardier [2007] PLSCS 140
  • South Tyneside BC v Wickes Building Supplies Limited [2004] PLSCS 254 

Injunctions and Trespass

All types of urgent injunctions, particularly in connection with trespass and protest demonstrations, including the ‘Occupy London’ protests and ant-fracking protests, some of which have involved issues under Articles 8, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, eg:-

  • Manchester Ship Canal Developments Limited v Crane and Others and Persons Unknown [2014] EWHC 645
  • TG Aviation Limited – Kent Facilities Limited – 9 July 2014
  • Hicks v 89 Holland Park (Management) Ltd [2014] EWHC 2962
  • United Utilities Water plc v Persons Unknown
  • British Broadcasting Corporations v Persons Unknown – 4 August 2014
  • Manchester Ship Canal Developments Ltd v Persons Unknown [2014] EWHC 645
  • University of Sussex v Persons Unknown[2013] EWHC 862
  • Sun Street Property Limited v Persons Unknown [2011] EWHC 3432
  • School of Oriental and African Studies v Persons Unknown [2010] 49 EG 78
  • University of Sussex v Protesters [2010] PLSCS 105
  • Hampshire Waste v Persons Unknown [2003] 43 EG 126

Nuisance, Environmental Law and Group Litigation

Instructed on all types of property related nuisance claims, eg:-

  • Birmingham Development Corporation v Tyler [2008] EWCA Civ 829 (development site nuisance claim)
  • Anslow v Norton Aluminium Ltd [2012] EWHC 2610 (group litigation nuisance claim relating to odours, noise and dust from foundry)

Residential Landlord and Tenant

  • Paddington Basin Developments Ltd and others v Gritz and others [2013] UKUT 0388 (LC); [2013] PLSCS 265
  • Paddington Basin Developments Ltd and others v West End Quay Estate Management Ltd [2010] EWHC 833 (Ch) [2010] 17 EG 94
  • Patel and Another v K&J Restaurants Ltd and Another [2010] EWCA Civ 211
  • Paddington Walk Management Ltd v Governors of Peabody Trust [2009] April 2009 Case No: CHY08440
  • Re Grafton Way (Lands Tribunal) [2008] PLSCS 30
  • Eltham Properties Ltd v (1) A Kenny (2) B Rainforth (3) J Barker [2008] LRX 161 200
  • Seine International and Others v Park Lane Holdings In [2002] All ER (D) 459
  • Malt Mill Developments v Davis [2002] EWCA Civ 440

Property Related Insolvency Disputes

Recently acted for the Administrators of Portsmouth Football Club in connection with the sale of the Club and Stadium and reported case examples of instructions on a wide range of insolvency related property disputes, eg:-

  • Sunberry Properties v Innovate Logistics [2008] EWCA Civ 1261
  • Famous Army Stores Limited v R&H Properties Limited (2003) PLSCS 8
  • Law Society v Southall [2001] EWCA Civ 2001
  • Whale v Viasystems Technograph [2002] EWCA Civ 2001

Professional Negligence

Instructed on all types of property related professional negligence claims, eg:-

  • McKay v Renlon [2008] EWHC 516
  • Lloyds Bank v Burd Pearce, Crosse & Crosse [1999] EGCS 99, [2001] EGCS 39
  • Ian Green Residential Ltd v Asfari [2007] 3 All ER (D) 322
  • Lloyds Bank v Burd Pearce, Crosse & Crosse [1999] EGCS 99, [2001] EGCS 39
  • Lloyds Bank v Parker Bullen (1999) NPC 999
  • Gregory v Shepherds [1999] Lloyds Rep (PN) 720
  • Press v Chipperfield [2001] EWCA Civ 2001
  • Titanic Investments v Macfarlanes [1997] NPC 105

Enfranchisement and Lease Extensions

In relation to a former specialisation in enfranchisement related matters, Katharine has the following reported cases:-

  • Helman v Keepers and Governors of John Lyon Free Grammar School [2014] EWCA Civ 17
  • Day and another v Hosebay Limited and Howard de Walden Estates Limited v Lexgorge Limited [2012] UKSC 41
  • Howard de Walden Estates Ltd v Aggio and others [2007] 23 EG 165
  • Cadogan v Pockney (2003) LRA/27/2003
  • Carl v Grosvenor Estates (2001) 3 EGLR 7
  • Moreau v Howard de Walden (2002) LRA/2/2002


Katharine is a CEDR Accredited mediator, having trained at the CEDR International Summer School at Stresa in Italy. Having regularly acted as counsel on mediations over the last 5 years, Katharine is now increasing her experience as a mediator and has now acted as a mediator on a variety of disputes, having been appointed under the Mayors and City of London scheme and also as a privately appointed mediator.


Katharine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and in 2009 was also awarded a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration by the Institute, after having studied at the Summer School at Keble College, Oxford and having undertaken various exams and assignments. Katharine’s arbitration ‘know-how’ therefore extends to both international and domestic arbitrations. Katharine is keen to develop her experience in arbitrations in her specialist field of property litigation but is also happy to act as an arbitrator on other forms of dispute.


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