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In memory of our friend and colleague Hugh Devlin

10 October 2023

We have lost a dear friend, colleague and mentor in Hugh Devlin, who died on 4 October 2023.


Hugh's reputation in the fields of luxury fashion, beauty and design was stellar and, over the course of nearly 30 years, he nurtured Withers' creative industries practice.  Hugh was immensely well-known and highly respected for his business and negotiating acumen, in particular his ability to bridge the space between creativity and commerciality.

Everything started with his deep sector expertise and a genuine passion for working with creative founders to help them develop their vision.  Hugh was fearlessly and relentlessly loyal in pursuing his clients' interests, able to deliver what were at times difficult messages in elegant, unexpected phrases with a soupçon of wit.  

Impatient, exacting and intensely committed to his work, Hugh was also an incredibly kind and thoughtful colleague.  He inspired an intensely deep loyalty and respect in the people with whom he worked, mentored and counselled, whilst entertaining all those around him. 

Our love and thoughts are with Sarah and his family. 

Should you have any questions, please contact corporate team client relationship executive Nikki Phillips. 

Nikki Phillips

+44 20 7597 6019 | email Nikki

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