Withers LLP

Paul Hewitt

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Paul specialises in cross-border trust and succession disputes including validity disputes, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, and removal of executors and trustees.

Described as a ‘star litigator’ and ‘a formidable opponent’, Paul also advises on contentious Court of Protection matters, both financial, and health and welfare. Re MN is a leading authority on cross-border welfare disputes.

Paul represents 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 the high profile Court of Appeal decision in Cowan v Foreman giving Mrs Cowan permission to bring her claim, Bhusate v Patel (widow permitted to bring 1975 Act claim 26 years out of time), Wells v Chorus Law (neighbour prevented from bringing claim as 'child as deceased') and British Red Cross v Werry (7 year old order set aside on basis of fundamental mistake).

Paul also acted for the trustees in the Hastings Bass matter of Futter v Futter in their application to set aside the result of incorrect tax advice which went to the Supreme Court.

Professional Memberships



Law Society Private Client Section;


Solicitors for the Elderly.