Duncan Watson

Duncan Watson
Level 15, 111 Elizabeth Street
NSW 2000
+61 2 9146 3553


Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders - Partners

Duncan is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Hong Kong and Sydney offices specialising in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration.  He is qualified in both Australia and England and Wales. He acts for multinational corporations and high net worth individuals based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the US and Australia.

Duncan has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations under most arbitral institutions and rules, including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SCC, CAA, UNCITRAL, AAA/ICDR and SCAI, as well as ad hoc arbitrations, seated around the world.  He has also acted in multiple investor-state arbitrations administered by ICSID. He has particular expertise in financial services, energy and resources, and post-M&A disputes.

Duncan also sits as arbitrator.  He is a fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), and a member of the HKIAC’s list of arbitrators.  He also regularly publishes and lectures on topical issues in commercial and investment treaty arbitration, including advocacy.

Who’s Who Legal (2016) noted that Duncan “stands out in Australia, and is feted for his ‘immediate and complete grasp of technical issues’”. Clients have praised his “appropriate and practical” advice (GAR 100).

WWL says: Duncan Watson boasts a strong practice in Asia and is highlighted as "a very impressive young partner".

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