Tom Duggins

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A brilliant litigator and a disarming negotiator

Legal 500

One of the best... quick thinking and strategic dynamism

Samantha Singer, Barrister, Queen Elizabeth Buildings

Known for being smart, practical and astute, Tom has huge experience dealing with complex, multi-jurisdictional cases and he acts for an increasingly diverse range of clients.

His case load extends from financial settlements on divorce or dissolution, to disputes concerning the care of children. He is particularly well known for his skilful drafting of nuptial agreements and frequently advises on wealth protection.

He has a reputation for being fiercely protective of his clients and unwavering in his pursuit of their cases, both in negotiations and court proceedings.

A proud Northerner, Tom came to London to study Law at the London School of Economics. He joined us in 2018, after more than 10 years at Charles Russell, one of London’s leading firms, where he gained his expertise acting in high value, multinational disputes.

Tom is a member of Resolution and in 2020, achieved the professional accolade of being ranked in Chambers.

Highlights

  • Tom acted for the husband in a widely reported case in which the terms of a restrictive pre-nuptial agreement were successfully overturned.
  • Tom has sought and obtained freezing injunctions in many cases, most recently concerning assets of around £60m.
  • Tom acted for one of the parties in the first case to reach the Court of Appeal concerning the division of finances following the dissolution of a civil partnership.
  • Tom acted for the husband in the case which established that Saudi Arabian Talaqs are capable of recognition in England and Wales, which led to an extremely beneficial outcome to the client in the financial settlement.

Professional Testimonials

Every year Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners compile independent recommendations based on client and peer reviews for all practising lawyers. These are some of Tom's reviews, and testimonials from other legal professionals.

  • Extremely bright and gets straight to the point, cutting out the irrelevancies and focusing on the main issues. Legal 500 2021
  • Tom has a strong strategic mind and gives realistic advice which secures great results. He is an extremely effective litigator and an even better negotiator. Cyrus Larizadeh QC, Vice Chair of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Tom’s experience, legal knowledge, sound judgment, eye for detail, tactical acumen, charm and tenacity in obtaining the best outcomes for his clients make him someone in whom any client can repose absolute confidence, and rest safe in the knowledge they are instructing one of the best of the new generation of specialists in the family law field. Harry Oliver, Barrister, 1 Kings Bench Walk
  • His intellectual might is complemented by his first class client care. His clients’ interests are at the heart of his thinking and he never shrinks from asserting their needs. He provides the perfect combination of skill, experience and personality for success in today’s complex family law environment. Samantha Singer, Barrister, Queen Elizabeth Buildings

Client Testimonials

Testimonials

  • You were very kind and helpful at a time that I needed someone who was level headed and professional to guide me through a very daunting process
  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so efficient, patient, empathetic and fun to work with. You have kept me calm under horrible circumstances and have helped keep me going over the last grim 15 months.
  • I just wanted to thank you for all your help, sage advice, and never-ending patience.
  • A massive thank you for all the support, encouragement and understanding you have shown me in regards to your handling of my case from the start.