Chambers with non-barrister head adds to firsts after electing top US judge as door tenant

Holland: Very special affiliation

A former US justice of the Delaware Supreme Court has been elected a door tenant at 3 Hare Court in what is said to be the first move of its kind.

It follows the chambers ground-breaking appointment of a non-barrister head of chambers in April.

The election of the Honourable Randy J Holland forms part of the London chambers’ international strategy.

An honorary bencher at Lincoln’s Inn, Justice Holland was at the time of his initial appointment in 1986 the youngest-ever Supreme Court justice in Delaware, and went on to be the longest-service judge at the time of his retirement last year.

A specialist in state constitutional, appellate litigation and company law, he is also ‘senior of counsel’ in the Delaware office of US law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Justice Holland said: “This is a high honour for me. I am looking forward to this very special affiliation and to interacting with such a distinguished set of barristers.”

Joint head of chambers Jeffrey Golden added: “I have known Randy Holland for nearly two decades and have admired him, his work and his tireless efforts to promote access to and public confidence in the administration of justice for even longer.

“We look forward to this new relationship, which is certain to foster a wider appreciation internationally of the English Bar, as well as special opportunities for collaboration between a jurist of his broad experience, and the skilled advocates and experts here in chambers.”

Simon Davenport QC, the other co-head, added: “Having appeared in Delaware myself, possibly the world’s senior corporate and insolvency court, I am delighted to welcome into our midst this legendary judge and jurist.

“It is a significant message of our intent and reach at 3 Hare Court that we would attract someone of his calibre and standing to our chambers.”

Justice Holland is a past president of the American Inns of Court – an association promoting professional excellence and the common law tradition – and his book credits include one on Middle Temple lawyers and the American Revolution.

It is only two months since Mr Golden – a US lawyer who founded Allen & Overy’s US practice in 1994 as its first non-solicitor partner – was appointed. As a non-barrister head of chambers, this too was thought to be a first.

An honorary bencher of Middle Temple, Mr Golden has over 40 years’ experience of capital markets matters, and is a specialist arbitrator

At the time, he said: “In a long career not short in excitement, I can’t think of any other opportunity to make a positive difference that matches this one…

“Through each practice area runs the common thread of international work, which is a perfect fit for my experience and as to which I hope I will be able to offer guidance.”

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