Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Licensing, Trading Standards, Health & Safety, Food Safety, Environment, Animal Health, Inquests, Prison Law), Common Law (Insolvency, Inquests), Public Access (Direct Public Access)
Year Called: 2007
Inn: Lincoln's Inn
Qualifications: M.Phil (Cantab),
GDL and BVC (Very Competent, College of Law),
Lincoln's Inn (Hardwicke and Levitt Scholar)
Appointments: Level 2 Crown Court Prosecutor
Bar Council Registration
Duncan’s practice is split between crime (particularly regulatory crime), licensing and insolvency matters.
A significant amount of Duncan’s work is in the regulatory field. He advises and acts for prosecuting authorities and has particular experience in counterfeiting and hallmarking offences, health and safety offences, food safety offences, environmental offences, animal health offences and offences created by the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Duncan also advises and acts for the defence in regulatory proceedings. In recent years, he has represented high-street retailers, a traditional boat yard, a sex shop and a multi-national pharmaceutical company. His defence work typically involves cases brought under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Licensing Act 2003.
Due to their nature, a number of Duncan’s regulatory cases have received media coverage (locally and nationally).
Duncan prosecutes and defends in general criminal matters. He has appeared in cases involving drugs, violence, dishonesty, firearms, offensive weapons and frauds, particularly benefit frauds. Duncan also handles cases involving confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Road traffic prosecutions are a particular interest of Duncan’s. He has experience in cases involving speeding, excess alcohol, dangerous / careless driving and section 172 offences. Duncan has conducted numerous ‘special reasons’ and ‘exceptional hardship’ hearings and is well-versed in the ‘totting’ provisions.
Duncan handles a range of licensing matters, typically involving premises and taxi licensing. He has acted as a Legal Advisor to various licensing sub-committees over recent years as well as representing licence holders and responsible authorities before sub-committee. In addition, Duncan has experience conducting licensing appeals before the Magistrates’ Court.
Duncan accepts instructions in contentious insolvency matters, both personal and corporate.
Duncan has experience in dealing with, amongst other things, statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions (typically on behalf of the petitioning creditor) and cases involving Individual Voluntary Arrangements. Duncan has a developing interest in corporate insolvency matters and accepts instructions in that area, also.
VAT Number: 947034714