04 January 2016

Carey Olsen appointment strengthens litigation offering

Carey Olsen continues to expand its litigation practice with the appointment of Richard Holden as counsel bringing the number of lawyers in the department to 53 across the group.

Mr Holden advises on a broad range of litigation matters including complex trust, contractual and commercial disputes, shareholder, investor and funds actions, cross-border and international litigation, injunctions and other applications. 

He also acts in matters regarding property and development, energy and resources and insurance, including directors and officers (D&O) and professional indemnity. Notable recent cases have included acting on Jersey's first anti money laundering non-disclosure prosecution and Jersey’s first substantive judgment on dishonestly assisting breach of trust.

After beginning his legal career at the London bar Mr Holden worked for leading law firms in New Zealand and London before relocating to Jersey. He qualified as a barrister in England and Wales, a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand and was also admitted in New South Wales before his admission as a Jersey Advocate.

Alongside his legal practice Mr Holden has held a number of teaching and professional posts including with Jersey's Institute of Law, where he was the Visiting Professor responsible for the Civil and Criminal Procedure Course for qualifying advocates, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he lectured on trusts, equity and succession, and the English Bar Standards Board, where he was assistant chief examiner in relation to civil litigation, evidence and remedies.

Mr Holden also authored Offshore Civil Procedure providing detailed commentary on court and litigation procedures in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, which is being published as a volume of the legal profession’s existing White Book.

Carey Olsen chairman and head of the Jersey litigation group, John Kelleher, said: “Richard is an established litigation lawyer with a wide range of expertise in the offshore trust world evidenced not only by his case work but also by his teaching and publishing work.

“He will make an excellent addition to Carey Olsen’s litigation practice and will work closely with the firm’s trusts and private wealth  group.”