Our Team

Offering experience and trust

Our firm provides family law clients with years of family law experience and representation that you can trust and rely on. We know that clients come to us in difficult times and that every situation is unique and requires counsel that are creative and skilled.

We do this work because we want to help clients and families resolve difficult circumstances so that they can move on in the new phase of their lives.

Andrea Duncan (Principal)

Andrea DuncanAndrea is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1994. As a family lawyer for more than 25 years, a parent, and a business owner, Andrea brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her practice.

Andrea’s practice is based on the fundamental belief that every problem has a solution and strives to work with clients to find solutions tailored to their specific needs. She is passionate about families and is committed to giving her clients the personalized attention their legal issues require.

Andrea is a strong advocate for her clients, both as a negotiator and a litigator. She has extensive trial and courtroom experience, but recognizes that court is often a last resort, and regularly assists clients with alternate forms of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. She is also a certified family law mediator.

When not at work, you can find Andrea with her daughters and her Bernese Mountain dog, enjoying the many adventures that Victoria has to offer.

Assistant: Catherine at catherine@duncancolaw.com

Samantha de Wit (Associate)

Samantha de WitSamantha’s family law practice encompasses negotiation, mediation, and (if necessary) litigation in order to resolve family disputes. Samantha is also a trained Collaborative Family Law lawyer.

The end of a relationship is a significant and emotional event in one’s life, particularly where parties have had children together and their financial lives have become intertwined. Samantha can assist you to navigate the tricky path forward, including resolving parenting issues, support issues and issues relating to property and debt.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Samantha immigrated to Canada with her family in the 1990’s. After receiving her LL.B. from the University of Manitoba in 2009, Samantha gained valuable experience in the areas of child protection, family law, mental health law and criminal law. Following her call to the bar of Manitoba in June 2010, Samantha focussed her career on the practice of family law, first in Winnipeg and then in Victoria commencing in 2013.

Samantha is a significant contributor to the legal community, sitting on various executives with the Canadian Bar Association, the executive of the Victoria Bar Association, and as a previous Director of the Family Services of Greater Victoria. She is also a member of her local rotary group. She donates her time through Access Pro Bono Canada and enjoys quality time with her golden retriever and orange tabby.

Assistant: Janice at janice@duncancolaw.com

Geneva Houlden (Associate)

Geneva Houlden

Geneva is a highly motivated and passionate family lawyer who is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients. Geneva’s experience in family law, including complicated property division, dispute resolution, and fertility law, has helped numerous clients navigate the legal system with ease and confidence.

Geneva takes time to get to know her clients and their unique needs, tailoring her service to ensure that they feel heard and understood throughout the legal process. She is a strong advocate for her clients in court, but is equally adept at settling claims between parties before anyone needs to set foot inside a courtroom.

Clients will be treated with compassion and can trust in Geneva’s experience and determination to help them navigate their legal challenges. She doesn’t shy away from a fight but will do her best to prevent one when possible.

In addition to her legal expertise, Geneva is known for her dedication to her community. Originally from Saskatoon, Geneva graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science (with honours), and her Juris Doctor degree. During her time in law school, Geneva volunteered at a pro bono legal clinic, where she provided legal services to individuals who could not afford traditional legal representation. Her passion for access to justice led her on to direct the Saskatchewan chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada, a nationally recognized program that places law student volunteers in a variety of different legal projects to address the ongoing access to justice crisis in Canada. Geneva is currently a board member for the Victoria Bar Association and the Secretary for the Collaborative Family Separation Professionals group.

Outside of work, Geneva can be found hiking, skiing or walking her black labrador, Finn. A foodie at heart, she’s an accomplished baker and is making it her mission to become acquainted with all of Victoria’s best coffee shops, microbreweries and restaurants.

Assistant: Janice at janice@duncancolaw.com

Team Members

Catherine
Catherine has worked exclusively in family law, both in Manitoba and since her move to Victoria in 2017. She has developed a love for this city and on weekends likes to hike, find new coffee shops and explore the island. She enjoys yoga, reading, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Janice
Janice has been a member of the Victoria legal community for many years. Her experience comes from working at the Court House Divorce and Family Departments, and private law firms. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her two cats; and is passionate about celebrating peoples differences.