Firm Profile > Duncan Watts LLP > Warwick, England
Duncan Watts LLP Offices
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Duncan Watts LLP is an established specialist matrimonial and family law firm, which handles the full array of matters, such as advising on pre-nuptial and separation agreements, among others. Partners Martin Croom and Joanne Connor are Resolution-accredited specialists in private children, high net-worth financial remedy and financial provision matters. They are also both Resolution-trained mediators and collaborative lawyers.
Joanne Connor; Martin Croom
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Based in Warwick, this is a niche practice that specialises exclusively in private client divorce, financial remedy and children’s matters.
The firm: The practice was founded in 1989 by Duncan Watts, who retired in 2004 and previously headed the matrimonial departments of two large local practices. It has operated from its offices in the Market Place in Warwick since then. Martin Croom joined in 2002 from the Coventry firm of Newsome Vaughan and became a partner in 2004. In the same year, the firm recruited Joanne Connor, an experienced family lawyer, from another Legal 500 firm, with a view to further expansion. She became a partner in 2006.
The firm’s philosophy of running a specialist practice dealing exclusively with private client divorce and financial remedy remains unchanged, save that it now deals with children’s issues. Martin Croom is a Resolution-accredited specialist in private children law and financial provision.
The firm’s high reputation has enabled it to attract as clients high-net-worth individuals who are looking for advice from a very experienced and efficient team. Much of the work coming into the practice is referred by existing clients or other professional advisers such as accountants, bankers, surveyors and other lawyers.
The objective in operating within a narrow field of work is to provide a high-quality service to a relatively small number of clients at any one time. The firm provides a service that is pragmatic and attuned to the needs of individual clients, as well as being technically proficient. It is very much geared to looking after clients carefully, by emphasising fast response times for phone calls and letters and taking a proactive approach in pursuing settlements, whether by negotiation or as a result of pushing on with proceedings, depending on which course is appropriate for the particular client.
Types of work undertaken: The firm has particular expertise in the negotiation of matrimonial settlements in complex cases involving all kinds of property, other assets and income, both in the UK and overseas. It provides advice in divorce cases at all stages, including court hearings.
Many clients have companies or own and manage businesses where their property and business assets and the valuation and treatment of those assets becomes a critical part of any divorce settlement. The practice works with an established network of estate agents, surveyors, accountants and tax advisers.
Duncan Watts LLP intends to build further on its successful business model. The firm continues to be at the forefront of the development of family law. Martin Croom and Joanne Connor are Resolution-trained mediators and are experienced mediators. Martin Croom and Joanne Connor are also collaborative lawyers and have seen an increase in this area of work. This development echoes the firm’s aim to provide a service that meets its clients’ individual needs including offering alternative dispute resolution options.
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