Duncan helps landowners, business owners, individuals and families with significant private wealth to plan for succession and inheritance in a measured and tax efficient manner.
He advises on complex trust arrangements for landed families and estates, trustees, business owners, and beneficiaries, and has acted for a number of large family trusts holding substantial assets. Duncan has also acted for farmers and agricultural landowners, and much of his work includes a focus on capital gains tax and inheritance tax planning.
Work highlights include:
In addition, Duncan advises on the creation and administration of charities, and acts as a trustee of a community charity in Yorkshire.
Despite the complexity of some of his work, Duncan is able to make the law understandable and accessible to clients, and gives pragmatic advice designed to solve problems in a practical manner. Duncan empowers clients to make informed decisions that fit with their family circumstances, and that are in the long-term interests of their family.
"Duncan's detailed knowledge of the subject, combined with your candid and accessible style, resonated strongly here. Further to which, your focus on client outcomes and your non-target driven approach was well received too." Bertie Dannatt at Ruffer