1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Duncan is a specialist in family finances, including financial remedies on divorce, financial applications relating to children pursuant to Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 and civil actions between former co-habitants.

Duncan is instructed in the full range of family finance disputes from multi-million pound divorces to cases where the assets are more modest. He is particularly experienced in dealing with complex cases involving companies, partnerships, family trusts, insolvency, third party property rights, pensions and cases where there are issues relating to disclosure.

Duncan also undertakes private law Children Act work.

  • Children (Private Law)
  • Family Finance & Property

    Focuses on family finance matters, and is an expert in financial remedies concerning divorce, cohabitation disputes and Schedule 1 applications. He is noted for his ability to handle complex cases relating to partnerships, companies, trusts and assets. 

  • What the Directories Say

    “Duncan has notable strength in handling complex financial matters involving businesses and trusts. He can come up with a range of solutions to any issue that needs to be resolved.” Tier 4 – Legal 500, 2022

    "Razor sharp mind. Extremely competent in dealing with complex cases involving business assets. Unflappable under pressure. Produces exceptional written advices. A fearsome advocate." Tier 4 - Legal 500, 2021

    “He is frequently our go-to barrister on complex financial matters.” “He is professional, approachable, structured in his approach and very clear in his advice to clients.” “He is a specialist who is well respected.” Band 2 - Chambers and Partners, 2021

    'A specialist in family finances.’ Legal 500, 2019 

    'An excellent, reliable barrister who is particularly good on financial matters. He thinks outside the box and strives to achieve the best outcome possible for clients.' 'Meticulous in his approach.' Chambers and Partners, 2019

    'He is extremely good on money cases, very particular and good at addressing the detail.' 'He is good with demanding clients, very patient and unshakable in his views, and also very methodical.' Chambers and Partners, 2017

    'When instructing him, you know you will receive the best advice and support possible.' Legal 500, 2016

    'He is a reliable counsel, an all-rounder for finances in divorce, TOLATA matters and children's issues.' Chambers and Partners, 2016

    'He does everything very thoroughly and is particularly good on complex cases with hidden assets.' 'The judges know him well and they respect him because they know he is a good advocate who pursues sensible arguments.' Chambers and Partners, 2015

    'Highly praised for his family practice. He focuses on financial remedy and is admired for his approachable manner, his care for the client’s interests and his attention to detail.' Chambers and Partners, 2014

    'Duncan Watson is ‘very strong’ for finance matters, and is ‘an impressive negotiator.' Legal 500, 2013

Legal 500

Leading Junior

Tier 4 - 2022

Chambers and Partners


Band 2 - 2021

Legal 500

Leading Junior

Tier 4 - 2021

Chambers and Partners


Band 2 - 2020

Legal 500

Leading Junior

Tier 4 - 2020