‘A very passionate lawyer, who is very, very clever and excellent with clients.’
‘Greatly respected in the market for his aptitude in financial crime, he frequently undertakes cases being fought at the top end of the judicial system.’
Described in the legal directories as a ‘highly regarded fraud practitioner, with a strong commercial focus’, Duncan’s practice covers both business and general crime. He is a ‘very talented’ advocate, with ‘excellent client handling’, who is ‘very strong technically’. He ‘exudes confidence, and is a determined yet persuasive advocate.’
Business crime, financial services regulation, confiscation and forfeiture, homicide, terrorism, inquests and appellate advocacy.
Duncan’s expertise covers corruption, high-end commercial and banking fraud cases and cartel investigations. Recent work includes the representation of a banker charged in the Euribor proceedings; the first prosecution to trial of a company charged with corruption (in which he represented the company Chairman); the first major cartel trial to go to a jury; the prosecution for corruption of the former Premier of the Cayman Islands and the election petition for bribery and corruption brought against the former Mayor of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He defended in the BA/Virgin ‘price-fixing’ case and represented one of the defendants charged in the phone hacking trial.
Duncan regularly acts in an advisory capacity for private clients. He has, for example, been instructed by a bank to conduct an investigation into and report on allegations of corruption; advised high net-worth individuals in connection with allegations of corruption made in matrimonial proceedings; and has advised in connection with a threatened private prosecution of a high street bank. He conducts forfeiture applications, restraint proceedings, worldwide freezing orders and other criminal aspects of civil and commercial litigation. He is currently retained by the SFO in an ongoing investigation into the affairs of a high profile company. He has also advised the CMA, OFWAT and OFCOM.
He has appeared in many cases in the Supreme Court and the House of Lords, including as Leading Counsel. He appeared in the leading cases on confiscation (R v May, Jennings and Green and R v Waya). Duncan regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and is instructed by the Attorney General to appear in guideline cases concerning terrorism and national security. He also regularly appears in the Divisional Court in judicial review proceedings issued in connection with the investigation and prosecution of crime or regulatory matters.
- Silk, 2014
- Senior Treasury Counsel, 2013 to date
- First Junior Treasury Counsel, 2011-2013
- Junior Treasury Counsel 2006-2011
- Standing Counsel to the DTI, 2004-2006
University of Oxford, BA (Hons).