Call: 1979    Silk: 1999
Robin Hollington QC  

 

"He is just exceptional on his feet with his charm and ability to hold the judiciary in the palm of his hand. He carries his great intellect with such delicacy."
Restructuring/Insolvency - Chambers UK Bar 2019

Practice Overview


Robin Hollington QC is a top ranked silk with a particular focus on company and insolvency law and litigation.  His practice is both UK-based and international. He advises and appears in the BVI, Cayman Islands, and Hong Kong, and he continues to be in demand as an expert witness in courts and arbitral tribunals throughout the world. '

The 'first rate' Robin Hollington QC is recommended for his international practice, and has  'a real feel for company law principles'  Legal 500.

He has appeared in many recent heavy and high-profile court cases, often reaching the appellate courts.

Robin is author of the celebrated leading textbook

  • 'Hollington on Shareholders' Rights' (Sweet & Maxwell), 1st (1990) to 8th ( 2016) editions and has contributed to both
  • 'Directors' Duties & Shareholder Litigation in the Wake of the Financial Crisis' - Chapter 6
  • 'Recent cases on the winding-up of hedge funds on treasure islands'  (Edward Elgar, 2012) and
  • The ICSA Directors Handbook 'Shareholder Remedies' (ICSA, 2009) - Chapter 15

Robin is currently recommended as a leading Silk in the following directories:

  • Chambers UK Bar: Company (Star Individual), Offshore, Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Chambers Global:  Offshore
  • Legal 500: Insolvency and Company & Partnership

Robin was Head of Chambers from July 2010 until June 2014.

  • Commercial Litigation
    • Commercial Chancery

      Robin's practice encompasses virtually all aspects of contentious work in the Chancery Division, with a particular emphasis on company and insolvency law (both corporate and individual), and extends to non-contentious advisory work in company and insolvency law.

      Chambers UK Bar & Chambers Global 2015

      Robin has acted in a stream of high-profile company cases in England, the Caribbean and Hong Kong (see further below), particularly the recent lengthy, complex high profile Caldero v Beppler shareholders’ dispute case over an English Company with a Montenegrin operation subsidiary worth several $million, culminating in final victory in the CoA [2014]. There were innumerable interim hearings, latterly over the removal of the provisional liquidators and costs, involving virtually every judge of the Chancery Division. The case received wide coverage in the national press.

      "He is very steady and solid, and knows the law so comprehensively"
      Chambers UK Bar & Chambers Global 2015

      Robin was brought in to appear recently in the Court of Appeal in a dispute arising out of a transfer of a minority shareholding: Blindley Heath Investments Ltd. v. Bass.

  • Company
    • Robin is a well-respected leading Silk advocate who specialises in the field of corporate and personal insolvency cases.

      He has developed a particular specialisation in the field of shareholders' disputes and is the author of the leading textbook in this field 'Hollington on Shareholders' Rights' (Sweet & Maxwell), 1st (1990) to 8th (2016) editions.

      Robin is ranked as a "Star Individual’" in Chambers UK Bar.

      "The leading expert in shareholder disputes."
      "What he doesn't know about Company law, you can write on the back of a
      stamp."

      Chambers UK Bar 2017 - Company

      "An exemplary Chancery Silk"
      Legal 500 2016 - Company & Partnership

      "He is Mr Shareholder Disputes" and "I regard him as being pre-eminent in the area of minority shareholder rights; his knowledge of the law and practice on that topic is encyclopaedic"

      "He turned around the instructions very quickly and provided very thorough advice"
      Chambers UK Bar 2015 – Company

      Noteworthy cases include:

      • O’Neill v Phillips [1999] 1 WLR 1092, [1999] 2 BCLC1. A ground breaking case dispute between quasi-partners who fell out over the management of an asbestos-removal business. Case heard at the House of Lords.
      • Cream Holdings v Davenport [2012] 1 BCLC 365, [2011] EWCA Civ 1287, [2011] All ER (D) 59 (Nov). A successful Company case in which Robin resisted an appeal against an order appointing an expert to value shares under pre-emption provisions.

      Robin also recently acted for a number of companies controlled by one of the Tchenguiz brothers in resisting attempts by RBS to gain administration orders against them.

      Robin has also contributed to

      • 'Directors' Duties & Shareholder Litigation in the Wake of the Financial Crisis' - Chapter 6
      • 'Recent cases on the winding-up of hedge funds on treasure islands' (Edward Elgar, 2012) and
      • The ICSA Directors Handbook 'Shareholder Remedies' (ICSA, 2009) - Chapter 15
  • Insolvency
    • Robin is a well-respected leading Silk advocate who specialises in the field of corporate and personal insolvency cases. He has developed a particular specialisation in the field of shareholders’ disputes and is the author of the leading textbook in this field ‘Hollington on Shareholders’ Rights’ (Sweet Maxwell), 1st (1990) to 8th ( 2016) editions.

      Robin is ranked as a "Star individual"  in Chambers UK Bar.

      "He is extremely authoritative in his responses, you get a great level of comfort when he's on board. I'd recommend him for particularly complex questions and for precedent-setting disputes that will change the law."
      Chambers UK Bar 2017 - Restructuring/Insolvency

      Noteworthy cases include:

      • O’Neill v Phillips [1999] 1 WLR 1092, [1999] 2 BCLC1. A ground breaking case dispute between quasi-partners who fell out over the management of an asbestos-removal business. Case heard at the House of Lords.
      • Cream Holdings v Davenport [2012] 1 BCLC 365, [2011] EWCA Civ 1287, [2011] All ER (D) 59 (Nov). A successful Company case in which Robin resisted an appeal against an order appointing an expert to value shares under pre-emption provisions.

       Robin also recently acted for a number of companies controlled by one of the Tchenguiz brothers in resisting attempts by RBS to gain administration orders against them.

      Robin has also contributed to:

      • 'Directors' Duties & Shareholder Litigation in the Wake of the Financial Crisis' - Chapter 6
      • 'Recent cases on the winding-up of hedge funds on treasure islands' (Edward Elgar, 2012) and
      • The ICSA Directors Handbook 'Shareholder Remedies' (ICSA, 2009) - Chapter 15
  • Offshore
    • Robin has an extensive and long-standing offshore practice.  

      "He literally wrote the book on shareholder disputes and is someone judges listen to."
      Chambers UK Bar & Chambers Global 2017 - Offshore

      "He is very steady and solid and knows he law so comprehensively"
      Chambers UK Bar & Chambers Global 2015 - Offshore

      He "Has built a truly global insolvency practice'"
      Chambers Global 2013

      "Has great experience of litigating in the BVI and Cayman Islands’"
      Chambers UK Bar 2012 - Offshore

      Notable cases include:

      • Pioneer Iron & Steel - The removal of liquidators of BVI company (with interests in China) in voluntary creditor’s liquidation. Heard at the High Court BVI.
      • Dragon Capital Group Ltd - A current major ongoing case for Robin dealing with unfair prejudice for one of the two major shareholders in fund managers in Vietnam and the Far East. Proceedings have been issued in the BVI.

      Robin recently acted in a Cayman Islands case concerning the provisional liquidation of a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange after its listing had been suspended due to alleged mismanagement.

      Robin is also regularly instructed as an expert witness abroad on UK, BVI, Cayman Islands and Hong Kong company and insolvency law. Most recently Robin has been retained in the USA for advice on English law  concerning derivative claims arising out of oil pollution by UK-based companies and in Hong Kong concerning distributions made by BVI-based companies.

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