Deborah Nicholls-Carr

Deborah Nicholls-Carr: Attorney with Withers LLP
  • Associate at Withers LLP (418 Attorneys)
  • 16 Old Bailey, London, England EC4M 7EG
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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.

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.


‘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

Track record

Together with Paul Hewitt , 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). The case has been featured in The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases for 2019’ and is listed for trial in June 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.




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

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.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Art and cultural assets
  • Charities and non profit
  • Elderly and vulnerable people
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Leaders and senior executives

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+44 (0)20 7597 6584  Phone
+44 (0)20 7597 6543  Fax
University Attended:
The University of Manchester, B.A. Hons, History of Art
Year of First Admission:
2014, England and Wales


Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists, student member

Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society

Women in Law London network


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