23 September 2019 - Article
Deborah, together with Julia Abrey and Richard Walker, acted for the Deputy in an application to the Court of Protection to authorise gifts to family members and charities from an estate of £17 million (FL v MJL 2019 EWCOP 31).
Deborah and Paul Hewitt acted for the a respondent in an urgent contested statutory will application in the Court of Protection in relation to an estate of approximately £3.5 million. The application was made on 4 April 2019 and the statutory will was approved by the Court on 30 May 2019.
Together with Paul Hewitt, represents Prince Mukarram Jah, His Exalted Highness Nizam VIII of Hyderabad, in a dispute over funds frozen at Natwest Bank for over 70 years (the subject of a 1958 House of Lords decision Rahimtoola v Nizam of Hyderabad), involving the governments of India and Pakistan. Pakistan issued a new claim in 2013. The High Court decided in Pakistan v Natwest and Ors  EWHC 55 (Ch) that the Nizam’s claim to the funds may proceed. The trial was heard in June 2019. Judgment is expected shortly. This case is one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases of 2019’.
Named associate by Legal 500 in 2019 and 2018 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.
Deborah and Stephen Richards acted for the applicant in a Court of Protection matter, successfully securing the removal of a joint attorney for property and financial affairs of an elderly person where there were concerns were raised over his suitability by neighbours and friends.
In a claim over the construction of a will, Deborah and Stephen Richards negotiated a settlement on behalf of eight charities, which settled in the charities’ favour without the need for a Court hearing.
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
‘Recent developments in statutory wills and lifetime gift applications’, Simon Gore Elderly Client Conference - April 2019
‘Lasting Powers of Attorney’, Law Society webinar – April 2019
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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.
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