Matthew Duncan

Partner and Head of Department

Private Client

“Matthew Duncan provides a responsive high level service to wealthy families with good technical knowledge of estate planning and succession issues. Technically able and personable”

City Leaders List 2015

Matthew is the Head of the Private Client Department.

He has an extensive private client practice advising high net worth individuals and trustees.  Matthew’s particular expertise includes dealing with complex estate and succession planning, wills, trust and estate issues.

Matthew has a strong contentious probate trust and disputed wills practice and works closely with the dispute resolution team to resolve family disputes.

He is registered as a will draftsman in the Dubai International Financial Centre's (DIFC) Wills and Probate Registry where he is authorised to draft and advise on the production of DIFC-compliant wills. He is a frequent visitor to Dubai.

Matthew is also a professional deputy for the Court of Protection and has a number of complex professional deputyships.

Matthew often advises both UK and internationally based high net worth individuals and trustees, entrepreneurs and professionals.

He offers pragmatic, practical straightforward personable advice.  He is consistently praised by clients and intermediaries for his care and attention and his excellent advice.

Professional memberships



Cross Border Planning for the Private Client, IBC Conference in Dubai, May 2017 - speaking with Michael Rowlands and a panel of other speakers on  Estate Planning and Asset Protection in a Volatile World.

During the course of his career, Matthew has written articles in various journals and presented on tax, succession and contentious trust and estate issues at conferences and seminars and presented live webinars.

Further information

  • Listed as 'Recommended' in Citywealth Leaders List (2016)
  • Listed as a "Prominent figure" in Citywealth Leaders List (2015) 
  • Features in the City Wealth Leaders List (2010)
  • Listed as an "Expert in trusts" in the Legal Experts directory (2009)


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