Matthew is a partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team. 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.
Matthew is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
- In Legal 500, Matthew is recognised for his personal tax, trusts and probate practice, where he is described as ‘a leader in his field, best private client lawyer – a true rock in any situation.’ He is also credited for his ‘good personal skills’ in regard to his contentious trust and probate work.
- “Matthew Duncan is simply by far the best lawyer we have engaged; He builds trust based on actions , and his legal knowledge is superior to anyone we have engaged before. A lawyer for life”.