Portrait of Peter Duckworth

Peter Duckworth

Year of Call 1971

Professional Practice

As a financial remedy specialist of long standing, Peter combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law with a commercial approach to resolving disputes. As he says, “You have to put emotions to one side and solve your problems in a businesslike way. It’s one of the most important business decisions you will make in your life”.

Peter’s extramural interests include running two commercial companies and a small pension scheme. He both sits, and advocates, at arbitrations and pFDRs.

“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

    • 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 (Bloomsbury Professional)

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

    • 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