Michael Duffy

Associate  |  Boodle Hatfield

United Kingdom



What advice would you give a trainee just starting out?

Private client' law is broad and increasingly more complex. Take your time to understand the basic principles, ask questions and read the legislation.

Did you have a mentor who supported you in your early career? What was the most valuable thing they taught you?

It sounds cheesy, but a number of the partners at Boodle Hatfield (where I trained) have been mentors to me. They have obviously imparted their own knowledge and practice styles, but the most valuable thing they have taught me is to have confidence in my own views and decision making.

What do you think will be the most significant trend in your practice over the next 12 months?

Generational and societal change in attitudes to wealth and asset structuring. In more practical terms, that means adapting pre-existing structures so that they work for new generations of family members as well as helping those structures with increasing compliance requirements both in the UK and globally.

What do you do when you're not working? Any hobbies?

I am interested in medieval to early modern European history and am currently getting through various podcasts and books on the Holy Roman Empire. I can also be found after work doing weight training/CrossFit, but no one wants to hear about that...