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Paul Hewitt

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Paul specialises in cross-border trust and succession disputes.

Described as a ‘star litigator’ and ‘a formidable opponent’, Paul is listed in the Legal 500's Hot 100 2020 having represented His Exalted Highness VIII Nizam of Hyderabad in litigation with India and Pakistan over funds held by NatWest since 1948.

Recent 1975 Act successes include Bhusate v Patel (widow permitted to bring Act claim 25 years out of time), Cowan v Foreman in the Court of Appeal, and Wells v Chorus Law (neighbour prevented from bringing claim as 'child as deceased').

Paul also advises on contentious Court of Protection matters, both financial, and health and welfare (including the leading decision Re MN on cross border welfare).

Other high profile cases include acting for the trustees in the Hastings Bass matter of Futter v Futter applying to set aside the result of incorrect tax advice, and in Hodkin v Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages, both of which went to the Supreme Court, and the successful claimants in the Court of Appeal probate dispute Hawes v Burgess.

Paul is co-author of Probate Disputes and Remedies and Inheritance Act Claims.

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Law Society Private Client Section


Solicitors for the Elderly