Duncan specialises in advocacy in the Crown Court. He has covered a wide range of cases including conspiracy to supply class A drugs, rape and serious sexual assault, breach of the Companies Act, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
As a duty solicitor since 1999, Duncan has dealt with every type of case from minor summary only matters to the most serious offences on the criminal calendar.
Historic allegation of rape arising from events which occurred when all parties were children. Involved issues surrounding social media posts at the time, collusion between witnesses and omissions from the complainant’s medical history.
Class A drugs were acquired in quantity in Northern Ireland, trafficked to Liverpool and onward to the north east for distribution in Hartlepool and Newcastle. Most conspirators were unknown to police who stumbled on a major conspiracy.
A case of murder; appeared as junior for the defence. The case was unusual as the defendant pleaded guilty but was allowed to vacate his plea. He then advanced the defence of diminished responsibility despite the fact that two psychiatrists agreed that he was not diminished.