Duncan Brooks

"Completely imperturbable… very knowledgeable and so authoritative and sensible… he is destined for greatness."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Very calm, very reliable, very thorough"

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Completely imperturbable… very knowledgeable and so authoritative and sensible… he is destined for greatness."

Chambers & Partners 2021

Languages spoken: Conversational French and German

Barrister specialising in complex matrimonial finance proceedings, including international jurisdiction disputes, trusts and tax issues and knotty points of law. Experienced arbitrator and private FDR evaluator.

Overview

Duncan is a barrister specialising in complex matrimonial finance proceedings, and also acts as an arbitrator and private FDR evaluator in financial cases.

Expertise

Duncan is ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and has a wealth of expertise in complex financial cases involving high and ultra-high net worth clients, including issues relating to businesses, trusts, taxation and international forum disputes.  He is adept at dealing with knotty points of law and acting for third parties who are intervening in proceedings.

Duncan has been a family arbitrator (MCIArb) since 2013 and has delivered awards in over 30 arbitrations. He has also conducted over 70 private FDRs as evaluator.

“Duncan is a safe pair of hands and his judicial experience stands him in excellent stead, allowing him to make astute and considered strategic calls for his clients. He's commercial with it, and has a keen eye for detail." "A class act whose strategic sense of cases and calm incisiveness are huge attributes." "He is rated for his preparation, attention to detail and ability to help people come together on cases.”
Chambers & Partners 2022
“Completely imperturbable… very knowledgeable and so authoritative and sensible… he is destined for greatness.”
Chambers & Partners 2021
“Very calm, very reliable, very thorough.”
Legal 500 2021
“An excellent all-rounder, he’s well prepared, has a calm manner, is good on his feet, and has an excellent practice in arbitration…”
Chambers & Partners
“There aren’t sufficient words of praise to describe Duncan Brooks. If he could be cloned, there wouldn’t be any other style of barrister.”
Chambers & Partners
“One of the very leading technical lawyers; a smart tactician and persuasive advocate.”
Legal 500
  • Lord Justice Holker Award, Gray’s Inn
  • LL.B. (Hons), St Aidan’s College, University of Durham
  • Family Arbitrator (MCIArb) since 2013
  • Deputy District Judge since 2010, sitting in the Family and County Courts
  • Collaborative Lawyer since 2009 – advises in writing and in five-way meetings
  • Member of Resolution
  • Member of the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association

Duncan has been published and regularly lectures on international disputes and open justice in family proceedings. He has a particular expertise in international forum disputes and both domestic and international enforcement issues.

Duncan is married with two children. He enjoys jazz singing, watching football and cricket, and playing tennis.

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