Portrait of Peter Duckworth

Peter Duckworth

Year of Call 1971

Professional Practice

Peter specialises in ‘heavy duty’ financial claims, particularly those involving businesses, landed estates, issues of non-disclosure etc. He has a trial practice which, over the last 12 months, has embraced asset bases varying from £5m to £40m.
“Praised for the competency of his advice, his advocacy skills, and above all the charming way he deals with clients”— Chambers & Partners

  • Recommendations

    A gifted family law practitioner dealing with complex matrimonial finance proceedings. Expertise: "A very careful preparer of his papers, who also has a great deal of commercial acumen. He is very good at financial analysis."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    A savvy matrimonial finance expert with particular experience of tackling business issues involved in divorce proceedings. Expertise: "A go-to guy for complex areas of law." Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal case Davies v Davies, which concerned a dispute concerning a London hotel worth £8 million.
    Chambers & Partners 2014
  • Notable Cases

    • Shield v Shield
      [2014] EWHC 23 (Fam)
    • Shield v Shield
      [2013] EWHC 3525 (Fam)
    • Hall v Simons
      [2002] 1 AC 615 (CA and HL)
    • Dharamshi v Dharamshi
      [2001] 1 FLR 736 (CA and HL)
    • Thomas v Thomas
      [1995] 2 FLR 668
    • Hildebrand
      [1992] 1 FLR 244
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Author of Matrimonial Property & Finance (Jordans)

    • Co-author (with DJ Hess) of Dictionary of Financial Remedies (Class Publishing)

    • Appears on the lecture circuit and writes for Family Law Journal and Family Affairs.

  • Personal Information

    Business and financial services (director of EquityShare Ltd, Niche Capital Ltd, and Xiros Ltd; manages a pension scheme). Piano playing (LRAM; throws charity recitals; one broadcast on Radio 3). Current issues and the public square. Entrepreneurial startups.


  • MCIArb
  • Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship