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Jon Holland


Jon Holland

Jon Holland has advised banks and other financial institutions in the UK and internationally for over 20 years - and has earned a reputation as one of the leading authorities in his practice area. 

As well as running ground breaking cases in the UK (including five trips to the House of Lords and the Supreme Court) Jon has guided clients through many of the most complex and high profile international investigations arising from the financial crisis of the late 'noughties', including LIBOR, FX, precious metals and sanctions, successfully negotiating settlements or dismissals with regulators and law enforcement agencies in the UK, the US, the EU and elsewhere, including the FCA, the SFO, the DOJ and the CFTC. Jon is known for fiercely defending clients' interests whilst preserving their essential on-going working relationships with regulators and commercial counter-parties. 

In his role as co-head of our global Financial Services Litigation team, Jon ensures that our financial institution clients benefit from the firm's knowledge bank wherever they need it around the world. As well as the UK, Jon is qualified in Hong Kong (where he practiced for nearly four years) and Australia - and his practice has always been truly international. Jon is also a solicitor advocate in the UK and has appeared on several occasions in the Commercial Court.

Jon was there at the birth of the UK anti-money laundering regime - and has extensive experience of helping clients navigate the complex intersection between commercial and criminal law, particularly in the areas of AML and economic sanctions. Jon has given evidence on these topics in proceedings in the US Federal Court and he is often asked to speak about them at conferences in the UK and abroad.

'Still very much many people's pick as the best litigator in the City' thanks to his 'excellent litigation instincts' and 'formidable brain''

Chambers UK 2016

Representative experience

Advising one of the banks involved in the international investigations into alleged manipulation of LIBOR submissions, culminating in settlements with the FCA, DOJ and CFTC.

Advising one of the banks involved in the international investigation into aspects of the precious metals trading.

Office of Fair Trading v Lloyds TSB Bank plc - whether a creditor's liability under s75 CCA 1974 extends to transactions abroad.

HM Commissioners of Customs&Excise v Barclays Bank PLC - whether a third party served with a freezing order owes a duty of care to the applicant.

Education and admissions


  • LL.B., University of Exeter, 1985


  • ICC UK Committee Member


Financial Services Contentious Regulatory - Tier 3

Chambers UK


Banking Litigation - Tier 1

Chambers UK


Banking Litigation - Leading Individual

Legal 500

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