Deborah Nicholls

Associate | London

Deborah is an associate in the trust and succession disputes team.

She provides advice on all types of inheritance, will and trust disputes. She has experience of both domestic and international estates. She acts for private clients, charities and high net worth individuals.

Her work ranges from issues relating to the validity of wills and trusts, the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, Court of Protection work and claims for removal of trustees/ protectors and division of trust assets.

Deborah was a named associate by Legal 500 for Court of Protection work this year.

She is a member of the firm’s elder law team and specialises in cases where mental capacity is an issue.

She is also a member of the firm’s art law group and advises on dispute resolution in relation to fine art and antiques.

Deborah mentors a school student through the ACD Diversity mentoring scheme and is on the committee of Withers’ Women’s Network.

Secretary Carlie Holmes

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Deborah ‘has been unwavering in providing strong guidance in completing and resolving a fractured and complex case, and explaining and guiding a New Yorker faced with a very traumatic situation in London’.

Paulina Moggach
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Deborah Nicholls is ‘calm, efficient and sensible’.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Track record

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Together with Paul Hewitt Paola Fudakowska, represents Prince Mukarram Jah, His Exalted Highness Nizam VIII of Hyderabad, in a dispute over £35 million held at Natwest Bank for over 50 years (the subject of the House of Lords decision Rahimtoola v Nizam of Hyderabad [1958] AC 379).

Named associate by Legal 500 in 2017 for Court of Protection work.

With Steven Kempster advised a widow in a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 Act in an estate valued in excess of £5 million.

England and Wales, 2014

‘Degrees of change: making the conversion to law’, Lawyer 2B - December 2013

Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists, student member

Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society

Women in Law London network

Me in a minute

The personal nature of my work means I work closely with my clients, which makes for very rewarding work

I am frequently instructed in cases where mental capacity is an issue. I have a particular interest in protecting against elder abuse, helping those who are concerned about the financial affairs of an elderly or vulnerable person (usually relatives, close friends or neighbours of the person affected). These cases routinely require quick strategic thinking and a combination of legal and practical advice.

The personal nature of my work means I work closely with my clients, which makes for very rewarding work.

Education


Languages


  • English

Dates


Joined

2012

London

16 Old Bailey,

EC4M 7EG

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