Deborah Nicholls-Carr

Senior associate

Deborah is an senior associate in the trust, estate and inheritance 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.

Named associate by Legal 500 in 2019 and 2018 for Court of Protection work.

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

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

Secretary Summer Gibbons


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

Thank you [Deborah] for the effort and perseverance and guidance…I was lucky to have a good firm with great lawyers onside to reach a conclusion, top notch firm without a doubt and you were right when you said ‘leave it to us’.


Deborah Nicholls is ‘calm, efficient and sensible’.

Legal 500 UK, 2019

Deborah and Paul restored our faith in the legal system. After years of fighting a case through other solicitors, we were on the verge of giving up. From the first phone call we knew you understood our case. You fought for us and succeeded in securing a quick and attractive settlement. We are extremely grateful we had you in our corner. Debbie is extremely professional, warm and upbeat.

Rosemary Farrell

Track record





Deborah and Paul Hewitt represented 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 [2015] EWHC 55 (Ch) that the Nizam’s claim to the funds should be allowed to proceed. The Judge upheld the Nizam’s claim (along with those of his younger brother and India) to his grandfather’s funds. Read the Judgment of The High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK v Prince Muffakham Jah & Others [2019] EWHC 2551 here. The case was one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases of 2019’.

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.

England and Wales, 2014

‘Gifts by Attorneys and Deputies’, November 2017‘Looking After Those who Look After P’, February 2019’Degrees of change: making the conversion to law’, Lawyer 2B - December 2013

Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists

Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society

Women in Law London network

ConTra, the Contentious Trusts Association

‘Why everyone should have a creative outlet: creativity is good for you and good for business’ – Women in Law Summit 2019

‘Update of gifting following Re JMA and Re MJL’ – Simon Gore Court of Protection conference – October 2019

‘Recent developments in statutory wills and lifetime gift applications’, Simon Gore Elderly Client Conference - April 2019



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