Duncan MacLeod was a tenant in Chambers from 1988 to 2009. He was listed as a 'Leader at the Bar' in Chambers UK Directory and described as "In a class of his own for police work", where he also impressed onlookers with "his top-drawer performances in the more difficult cases" and being "a wise choice of Counsel for large inquests, deaths in custody and malicious prosecutions."
Duncan was instructed in numerous sensitive, high-profile and serious cases on behalf of the Metropolitan Police and other constabularies, including the Mohammed al Fayed and Winston Silcot litigation and the case involving the private videotapes of the late Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. He was also instructed in Court of Appeal and House of Lords cases concerning developing areas of law such as Farah and Waters. With his experience in anti-terrorist cases, he was instructed by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and other constabularies in inquests, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, death in custody, assault and firearms cases and in claims framed in negligence and misfeasance in public office and he was instructed in the Inquests into the deaths of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed.
Listed as a leading junior in Clinical Negligence in the Legal 500 Directory, his principle areas of practice were in Clinical Negligence and solicitors negligence claims, but also experienced in claims against barristers, surveyors and accountants. His work also included claims against solicitors arising out of their conduct of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury proceedings.
In Regulatory and Health and Safety Law and the Law and Practice of Food Safety, Duncan was instructed by large corporations such as McDonalds, Cadburys, Goldman Sachs, Whitbread, Forte PLC, and Estee Lauder, as well as by Local Authorities and small companies. His specialist practice was in law of food safety, food contamination/poisoning cases, labelling and trading standards. Wide experience of Health and Safety criminal/regulatory work involving accidents and fatal accidents at the workplace, in factories, instruction sites, on docks and on corporate premises. Specialist expertise in Inquests. Instructed to advise and act in a wide range of criminal regulatory/health and safety/food safety matters and proceedings.
Duncan's Personal Injury practice was in all types of claims, clinical/medical accident litigation. Instructed in the Marchioness River Thames disaster litigation and in serious brain injury cases, workplace, road traffic and fatal accident claims he is also visiting lecturer at the Universities of Hong Kong, University of Malaysia and University of Mauritius lecturing on Advocacy skills.
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
Personal Injury Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association