Nizam: Nuclear powers face off in High Court over English trust law principles

21 Apr 2021

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Nizam: Nuclear powers face off in High Court over English trust law principles


India and Pakistan locked horns with each other and descendants of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad in Pakistan v NatWest decided by Marcus Smith J in October 2019.  The issues had first aired in the High Court during the 1950s culminating in the House of Lords decision Rahimtoola v Nizam of Hyderabad [1958].  The claim concerns a fund, frozen since 1948, derived from a £1m transfer from the 7th Nizam to the High Commissioner of Pakistan in London in 1948 as Indian troops crossed into Hyderabad and occupied it. 

When Pakistan initiated new proceedings in 2013, the current Nizam instructed Eason Rajah QC, 10 Old Square, and Paul Hewitt, Withers LLP. 

Eason and Paul will set out the historic and political context as well as the trust law principles debated including:

  • A nation state as a trustee
  • Limitation issues for trust claims, sovereign immunity and abuse of process
  • The trust analysis and the role of authority and intention
  • Illegality

The Dynamic Duo

Paul Hewitt

Paul Hewitt
Paul Hewitt Partner
Eason Rajah QC
Ten Old Square

Eason Rajah QC is named in the Private Client Global Elite 2018 directory, recognising his private client expertise advising UHNW clients. Eason’s practice includes domestic, off shore and cross-border trusts and will disputes, related tax and professional negligence issues, drafting, structuring and advising in relation to trusts, succession planning and tax and related areas. He is regarded as “a superb all-rounder” (Legal 500 2015).

Eason won ‘Private Client: Trusts and Probate Silk of the Year 2018’ in the Legal 500 Bar Awards.

He was shortlisted for the Legal 500 ‘Private Client: Trusts and Probate Silk of the Year’ award in 2017, 2016 and 2015 and the Chambers UK ‘Chancery Silk of the Year’ in 2014.

Eason is named by eprivateclient as one of the ’50 Most Influential’ private client professionals at the forefront in shaping private client work for 2016 in the UK and British offshore jurisdictions. He has been recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers UK legal directories for his expertise in this field for many years.

He is Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association and a member of the committee of STEP Central London.

Eason is a Recorder (2016) and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1991.

Eason Rajah QC
Eason Rajah QC Barrister
Ten Old Square


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Nuclear powers face off in High Court over English trust law principles
Eason Rajah QC - Barrister - Ten Old Square
Paul Hewitt - Partner - Withers
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