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Duncan is a specialist family finance and property barrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers (Leeds & Newcastle) and 4PB (London) with a practice focussed upon the financial consequences of relationship breakdown (whether marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation).

Duncan is listed in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior for matrimonial finance and TLATA. The guides describe him as: "an excellent advocate - quick thinking with a keen intellect", "he is very technical and very pleasant to work with. He is great in court and excellent with clients" and "Duncan is a great advocate [who] puts the clients at ease with his calm manner. His client care skills are excellent".

The guides note: "He is always a very sensible advocate. He always tries to find a solution but won't take the easy option, he takes the appropriate option", "we try to get Duncan on board, especially on TOLATA cases, with which he is particularly good. The technicalities and procedures can get difficult and it's good to have someone you can rely on", and "clients love him and I'm really impressed by him".

Duncan’s family finance practice is focussed on cases involving businesses, extensive farms, inherited wealth, trusts, assets held abroad, large pensions, third parties claiming beneficial interests in matrimonial assets, strike out applications and annulment of sham bankruptcies designed to defeat the other spouse’s claim. This includes having a strong understanding of the application within the Family Court of the chancery principles. He has particular experience of cases where a large part of the asset base has arisen from a significant Personal Injury award with subsequent management through a professional Deputy in the Court of Protection.

His practice in financial work extends to complex cohabitation disputes between unmarried couples under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (‘TLATA’) and financial provision for children pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act.

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