Duncan Watson > Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC
1GC | Family Law


Duncan is a specialist family practitioner with particular expertise in family finance cases, including financial remedies on divorce, civil actions between unmarried co-habitants pursuant to TOLATA and financial applications relating to children pursuant to Schedule 1 Children Act 1989. He also undertakes cases in respect of child arrangements and disputes relating to children.

He is particularly experienced in dealing with complex and high net worth cases involving companies, partnerships and businesses (particularly those cases where a forensic report is required) and other high value cases involving property portfolios and pensions. He is experienced in cases where there are issues relating to family trusts. He also regularly deals with cases where there is an international element.

His expertise in Trust of Land cases (TOLATA 1996) means that he is particularly suited to representing clients in financial remedy proceedings where there are third party claims or disputes in respect of the beneficial ownership of properties and involving allegations that a party has an interest in property owned by their extended family.

He also has expertise in dealing with cases where there are allegations of material non-disclosure (hidden assets), financial misconduct or where there are allegations that assets have been transferred to third parties in order to defeat a spouse’s claim.

He is experienced in undertaking child arrangements cases and the full range of cases pursuant to the Children Act 1989, including undertaking applications for international relocation.

He is experienced in dealing with enforcement proceedings including applications for committal.

Duncan undertakes Private FDR hearings acting as the evaluator.

Notable Cases

Gadhavi v Gadhavi [2015] EWCA Civ 520 (Court of Appeal)
Cherwayko v Cherwayko (No 2) [2015] EWHC 2436 (Committal Proceedings relating to an Oil Executive)


Year of Call: 1997


Family Law Bar Association


BA (Hons), PGDL, BVC

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Duncan Watson1GC | Family Law ‘Duncan is a strong advocate and is able to confidently unpick the details of a particular issue, as well as retain focus on the overall resolution of a matter. He excels in advising on complex trust issues, company issues and pensions. He can understand each client’s needs and gives options to met those needs. He thinks outside of the box.’