|Industry||Private banking Financial planning and wealth management|
|Headquarters||Belgravia, London, England, UK|
|Products||Wealth management – accounts, lending, savings|
Duncan Lawrie Limited, known simply as Duncan Lawrie, is a small private bank with its head office in Belgravia, London. Founded in 1971, the bank offers a bespoke service, with an emphasis on a personal relationship, to high net worth individuals.
The bank is now 100% owned by Camellia Plc, but it can trace its origins back to two Scottish businessmen, Alexander Lawrie and Walter Duncan, who travelled to Calcutta in the mid-19th century to make their fortunes as general merchants. Their businesses were merged in 1967.
The bank has several offices across the United Kingdom, including a branch in Bristol, a country estate in Kent, and international banking, investment and fiduciary business in the Isle of Man as well as its head office in Belgravia, London. Duncan Lawrie also recently opened a representative office in Kolkata, offering banking and investment management services to private clients resident in India.
While the bank places emphasis on confidentiality and never reveals its clientele, it is widely believed that numerous aristocrats, politicians, entrepreneurs and media figures hold accounts with the bank.
Duncan Lawrie predominantly holds accounts for high net worth individuals. Along with daily banking requirements, Duncan Lawrie also offers Trust and Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Investment Management and International Services from their Isle of Man office. In 2005 the bank purchased Douglas Deakin Young, and in 2007 it acquired Hill Martin and Hill Martin Asset Management. Together they run much of the Financial Planning and Investment Management sections of the bank.
In 2006 the Crime Writers' Association announced Duncan Lawrie as the main benefactor of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the largest prize for crime writing. The Bank also supplies financial services for several large charities, especially within the Arts, such as the Arvon Foundation.