Duncan called to the Bar as a Lord Hope Scholar and practices principally in the field of commercial law with a particular interest in contractual, construction and engineering, professional negligence and employment disputes. Before coming to the Bar he gained experience in litigation and commercial law working at well-known national and international firms.
Duncan has considerable experience of the sharp end of litigation having appeared in courts and tribunals regularly throughout his career. He represents clients in the Court of Session (including the Commercial Court), the Sheriff Court and the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunal. He also accepts instructions in adjudications, arbitrations, and mediations.
His most recent experience in training for the Bar included a £45m claim in an arbitration concerned with the professional negligence of design engineers; a complex Commercial Court action worth c.£1m concerned with liabilities arising out of a publicly procured waste handling contract; a Commercial Court dispute concerned with the operation of a pension scheme and various substantial professional negligence actions involving accountants, architects, engineers and solicitors.
Prior to that, Duncan acquired very considerable experience of employment law during his time as a solicitor acting primarily for respondents on various matters including restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal, discrimination and agency workers’ rights. He advised across a number of sectors including hospitality, sports, professional services, energy and construction and engineering.
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