W. (Bill) Duncan
Retirement Villages Association Inc
New Zealand Law Society
“Bill gained his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of Auckland. He practised as a general practitioner before joining the firm that ultimately became Fortune Manning. Bill looks after a variety of clients from closely held commercial companies to family trusts and private clients. He works in the areas of conveyancing, property development, corporate financing, nominee mortgage lending, trusts, estates and leasing.”
He has a wider trust interest in the area of charitable trusts and has pioneered the setting up of many community based organisations and charitable trusts for private clients.
He currently sits as a trustee on several charitable trust boards and is an advisor to several others
Bill was one of the founders of what is now the Retirement Villages Association Inc. and currently sits on its Review Authority for the resolution of disputes
- Over a number of years Bill has been solicitor for a number of organisations which he has assisted with restructuring from time to time
- These include groups of project managers based in both Australia and New Zealand
- Specialists in various areas of medicine
- And a major duty free concessionaire
He has wide community interests including both the church and Rotary which see him as advisor to several boards and groups of trustees
Bill arrived from England in 1956. Shortly after qualifying as a lawyer in 1964 he took up an opportunity to help rebuild a practice that had known better days. This was the beginning of Auckland’s urban sprawl and Bill found himself doing a variety of work including subdivisions, building contracts and general family legal work.
With new Aucklanders came start-up companies and organisations. Such was the volume of work, Bill’s practice was amalgamated with another in 1971 and has ever since been known as Fortune Manning. Bill has particularly enjoyed matching clients with compatible skills to achieve people’s dreams.
After nearly three score years in the law Bill is virtually on call as a consultant to assist those, many of whom were formally the backbone of the firm, with retirement planning and associate legal needs as they arise .
Bill has been an active Rotarian for 50 years, an assistant chaplain, an elder of his church and a member of several choirs as well as being involved with Charitable Trusts, many of which he set up himself on behalf of clients.