Full Name: Mr Marcus W S Duckett
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0400 619 317
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0919
Date of Admission: 31 Mar 2003
Called to the Bar: 11 May 2006
Previous Occupation: Solicitor + Associate to County Court Judge


Marcus Duckett has been working as a lawyer for 17 years. He has been a Barrister for 13 years. Specialising in both Family and Criminal law, Marcus appears in the Magistrates', Federal Circuit, Family and County Courts. In the Family law jurisdiction, Marcus regularly appears at Interim and Final Hearings in the Federal Circuit Court and also in the Family Court. Marcus handles matters involving both parenting and financial orders. Issues often dealt with are the fair division of assets, best interests of the children, appropriate spend time arrangements, relocation, family violence and de facto disputes.

Over the past 13 years of practising in Family Law, Marcus has represented many clients at all stages of proceedings including Conciliation Conferences/Mediations, Interim Applications and Final Hearings. In addition to court appearances Marcus is able to provide both written and oral advice and draft necessary court documents such as Affidavits and Outlines of Case.

Marcus' involvement in Family law matters often commences with either applying for, or defending an Intervention Order application. His experience in both Criminal and Family law often helps clients in navigating through Intervention Order proceedings with understanding for the often serious effect an Intervention order can have in either a criminal and/or family law context.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Marcus worked for two years as an Associate to County Court Judge Duckett OBE. In Marcus' first years at the Bar he ran numerous criminal trials in the County Court and conviction/sentence Appeals in the Court of Appeal. However, his practice has now evolved to predominantly being appearances in the Federal Circuit Court, the Magistrates' Court and Appeals to the County Court.

Marcus commenced working as a lawyer 17 years ago at Hall & Wilcox Lawyers, a Melbourne law firm then consisting of 60 solicitors. During his two years at the firm, he had responsibility for many significant litigation matters of a predominantly personal injury nature (WorkCover). As a solicitor Marcus’ work often included appearing at court for interlocutory matters, instructing at trials and attending at conferences/mediations.

One of Marcus' four sisters is also a barrister at the Victorian Bar, Charlotte Duckett. When Marcus is not at work he is generally either taking care of his two young daughters or coordinating tradespeople for his property interests.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Intervention Orders
  • Property
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Family Law

  • Care & Protection
  • Child Disputes
  • Parenting Orders
  • Property Disputes

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