A return to literalism in contractual construction
A presentation to
The Property Litigation Association Autumn Training Day
in London on 8 November 2018
David Holland QC
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David Holland was called to the Bar in 1986 and took silk in 2011.
The core of David’s practice is all forms of property litigation but he also practices in the areas of costs and professional negligence.
David has immense experience of litigating at all levels of court.
His recent cases include: Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya  EWCA Civ 1082; Gavin Edmondson v Haven Insurance  UKSC 21; Gorst v Knight  EWHC 613 (Ch); Lunar Office v Warborough Investments  EWCA Civ 427; Budana v The Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 1980; Grimes v Trustees of the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt  EWCA Civ 361; Michael Wilson & Partners v Sinclair  EWCA Civ 3; Various Claimants v Ministry of Defence  3 Costs LO 477. He also appeared in Denton v White  EWCA Civ 906 (in which he represented both the Bar Council and the Law Society) and was counsel for the successful guarantor in Good Harvest v Centaur  Ch 426. He has advised and acted for the Law Society in costs cases for many years as well as acting for many of the largest Telecoms Code Operators.
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 it states that: “His advocacy is focused and clear.” He has previously been named as the Real Estate Silk of the Year in the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.
David is a Deputy High Court Judge and also sits as a Recorder and as a part time Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). He also acts as an arbitrator.