Duncan Macintosh

Duncan is recognised as a leader in his field by the legal directories, Duncan is a founder of Capital Law, leads the Corporate team, and is a member of the firm’s Board. Duncan is qualified as a solicitor both in England and Wales, and in Scotland, where he is a Writer to HM Signet.

A specialist in private equity and M&A, Duncan has spent over 30 years in the private equity industry. He has acted for private equity funds on their investments and issues arising in their investee companies. He co-founded a private equity fund and advises the senior leadership teams of national and international trading companies on strategic legal issues affecting their businesses, as well as acting for sellers, buyers, companies and businesses on various joint venture and sale and purchase transactions.

Duncan is qualified as a solicitor both in England and Wales, and in Scotland, where he is a Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chairman of The Silver Birch Foundation, and Secretary of Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

Duncan is a highly experienced Private Equity and Corporate lawyer with the rare gift of pragmatic commercialism combined with the charm of the human touch and a fine dash of humour. He understands entrepreneurs, business people and investors. His capable & highly responsive team get to the nub of an issue and deliver swift practical results for clients. He is in huge demand and still first on my Speed Dial.

David Williams, Senior Partner Dunedin Capital


  • Acting for WestBridge Capital Llp, a private equity fund manager in a number of investments, where they have funded management in acquiring businesses from their owners. We have also advised WestBridge investments on their exit – as well as the fund and its managers on their own constitutional and administrative issues.
  • Acting for the shareholders, both Management and WestBridge Capital, in the sale of Vista Retail Limited, which creates and markets software for the retail industry, to a secondary buy-out, led by Lloyds Development Capital.
  • Acting for management in the sale of their interest in Metamark Limited, which makes and distributes sign vinyl, to Primary Capital, and their rollover into the buy-out vehicle.
  • Acting for Albany Investment Limited, a private equity fund manager, which specialises in cyber security businesses, in its incorporation and the establishment of its trading platform.
  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Banking
  • Commercial
  • Corporate governance
  • Equity investments and divestments both in the UK and overseas
  • Group restructuring
  • Joint ventures
  • MBOs / MBIs
  • Private equity
  • Venture capital


  • Founder Partner, Capital Law Limited, Cardiff and London (2005 – present day)
  • Partner, Morgan Cole, Solicitors, Cardiff and London (1990 – 2005)
  • Legal Adviser, then Senior Legal Adviser, 3i Group Plc (1987 –  1990)
  • Trainee, Assistant Solicitor, then Partner at Guild & Guild WS, Edinburgh (1980 – 1987)


  • Glenalmond College, Perthshire; University of Glasgow, (1978 MA, 1980 LL.B, 1983 WS); solicitor England and Wales (1990).


  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • The Law Society of Scotland
  • Secretary of Glamorgan County Cricket Club
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Chairman of The Silver Birch Foundation