Matthew Duncan > Druces LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Matthew is a Partner in the Private Wealth department.
He has an extensive private client practice and has specialist expertise in a number of areas. His particular expertise includes dealing with complex tax planning, trust and estate issues for both UK and international high net worth individuals and trustees. Matthew deals with complex high level estate and succession planning with particular emphasis on entrepreneurial clients and family businesses. Furthermore he has developed a strong contentious probate, trust and disputed wills practice.
Worthy of particular note, Matthew 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. Matthew was the first non Dubai based solicitor to be awarded this title. Furthermore he is a professional deputy for the Court of Protection and has a number of complex professional deputyships, Executorships and Trustee appointments.
Matthew offers pragmatic, practical and personable advice. He is consistently praised by clients and intermediaries for his care and attention and excellent advice.
Qualified as a Solicitor in 1998.
Assistant Solicitor Thompson & Leatherdale 1998-2000 Associate Solicitor Charles Russell 2000-2008 Partner Dawsons 2008 – 2010 Partner and Head of Private Client Kingsley Napley 2010 – 2017 Consultant Druces 2017 – 2019 Partner Druces 2019 – Present
Matthew is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Trustee of Christchurch PCC
Registered 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.
University of Reading (1995 BA Hons); College of Law Guildford (1996)
Parkrun, live music, cycling.
Druces LLP remains a firm of choice for HNW wealth planning advice. Under the leadership of Robert Macro the team’s work includes not just tax and succession matters but also extends to other areas including corporate tax, financial services and real estate. It is well placed to advise its entrepreneurial clients on their personal assets but also on multi-generational legacy issues. It has expertise in advising Middle East-connected clients as Matthew Duncan is registered with the Dubai International Finance Centre. Helen Freely acts on many highly complex probates. Richard Monkcom is also recommended.
Under the leadership of Helen Freely and Matthew Duncan the team at Druces LLP acts for (U)HNW individuals, beneficiaries, executors, trustees and charities in resolving their disputes by either defending or bringing the action. Freely does a broad range of private client work. Duncan has a strong reputation for his work on contentious probate, trusts and disputed wills.
- Personal tax, trusts and probate - London > Private client
- Contentious trusts and probate - London > Private client
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Finance > Islamic finance
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Industry focus > Emerging markets
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Employment > Immigration
- Real estate > Property finance
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency