Paul HewittPartner at Withersworldwide
Paul specialises in domestic and international trust and succession disputes. Described as a ‘star litigator’ and ‘a formidable opponent’, Paul is listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2020 having represented His Exalted Highness the VIII Nizam of Hyderabad in litigation with India and Pakistan since the latter issued proceedings in 2013. In 2019 the English High Court upheld Prince Mukkaram Jah's decades old claim to the funds his grandfather the 7th Nizam had deposited with NatWest in 1948. Pakistan has not appealed.
Recent UK 1975 Act successes include Bhusate v Patel (Thakare v Patel on appeal, widow permitted to bring claim 25 years out of time), Cowan v Foreman in the Court of Appeal, and Wells v Chorus Law (neighbour prevented from bringing claim as 'child of the deceased').
Recognised as a leading practitioner in Chambers HNW and Legal 500, the latter notes his particular interest in representing families with connections to the subcontinent.
Paul acted for the successful claimants in the Court of Appeal probate dispute Hawes v Burgess, and similarly for RSPCA in its successful appeal in the will construction dispute RSPCA v Sharp. Other high profile cases include representing the trustees in the Hastings Bass matter of Futter v Futter applying to set aside the result of incorrect tax advice, and Hodkin v Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages, both of which went to the UK Supreme Court.
Paul enjoys an excellent reputation for his work on complex private client disputes, 'There is a uniquely commercial aspect to his work and he is exceptional at judging whether something is worth running.'