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Year of Call: 2007


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Clerk: Joanne Caunt

Clerk: Ellen McInall


Duncan has an impressive all-round Chancery practice covering both traditional and commercial work with a particular focus on insolvency and commercial disputes, as well as property and contentious trust issues. He also maintains a busy probate and Inheritance Act practice. Duncan has a First Class Degree in German.

Duncan mainly appears in the High Court in Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and London. He also appears regularly in the county courts, representing claimants and defendants at trial and on appeal. He has considerable court room and trial experience.

He has been ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for several years in the following practice areas: Chancery, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Real Estate.

  • Duncan is a pragmatic, tactically astute and calm advocate

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Duncan is incredibly user-friendly. He understands the commercial realities of a client's position and offers pragmatic advice accordingly

    Legal 500 2022
  • He has a knowledgeable, calm and analytical manner which can cut through emotion and complexity to find a solution. At the same time, he is able to reassure and empathise with a nervous client

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • A very pragmatic junior with a commercial approach

    Legal 500 2022
  • He is extremely calm both in conference and at hearings, and remains clear in his advice and advocacy especially when faced with a challenge

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Calm, clinical, persuasive, hard working and a delight to deal with

    Legal 500 2022
  • Duncan is first class and a pleasure to deal with; he is both extremely approachable and technically excellent

    Chambers and Partners 2021
  • An excellent litigator.

    Chambers and Partners 2021
  • He refuses to panic even under substantial pressure. He brings a very calming atmosphere to a case

    Chambers and Partners 2021
  • A first-rate advocate who always gives solid and clear advice and is extremely client-friendly

    Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Duncan is first class and a pleasure to deal with; he is both extremely approachable and technically excellent. He also has a particularly calm and measured manner which clients find very reassuring, whether in Court or in a mediation setting

    Legal 500 2021
  • Very bright and approachable. Liked by client and gives clear and comprehensible advice in the most complex of cases

    Legal 500 2021
  • Duncan is a superb all-rounder. He builds a trusting rapport with lay clients very easily, whilst at the same time pulling no punches in his negotiations. He has a first rate legal-mind, as demonstrated by both his shrewd advice and formidable advocacy

    Legal 500 2021
  • Duncan is an excellent advocate, calm and unflappable, has superb attention to detail and is extremely down-to-earth and client-friendly

    Legal 500 2021
  • Duncan has an excellent and well-deserved reputation in the Leeds market. He gives solid and well thought-out advice. He is also refreshingly approachable and easily builds a rapport with clients.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • Probably the calmest, most unflappable barrister I've come across.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • Storming ahead of his peers.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • He has expertise beyond his years of call.

    Legal 500 2017
  • He is a great trial advocate.

    Chambers & Partners 2017
  • Super-bright, very thorough and well prepared.

    Chambers & Partners 2017
  • He gives very lucid advice and is down to earth.

    Chambers & Partners 2017
  • Commercially astute, personable and client-friendly.

    Legal 500 2016
  • An extremely good advocate with an extremely good intellect.

    Chambers and Partners 2015
  • He is a star of the future who already demonstrates the ability to handle complex cases.

    Chambers and Partners 2014
  • His skeleton argument was so persuasive that we walked into court and the judge adopted the argument as his judgment. He also puts forward very strong advocacy - he is the rising star of the Northern Chancery Bar.

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Career and Associations

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of the North-Eastern Circuit

2013-2018: Appointed to the Attorney-General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

2007: Called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

2007: LLB, Nottingham Law School (First Class)

2006-2007: Bar Vocational Course (Nottingham Law School).

2005-2006: Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School.

2001- 2005: MA German & Russian (First Class) Pembroke College, Cambridge


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