Duncan is Head of A&L Goodbody's Employment Law Group and has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law and industrial relations in multiple jurisdictions. Duncan advises public and private sector employers on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises Board rooms across Ireland and abroad on strategic and complex employment and industrial relations matters. Duncan also specialises in crisis management for clients and has advised on some of the most high profile corporate issues in Ireland. Duncan regularly appears for clients in the Workplace Relations Commission, the Circuit Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Duncan also acts for partnerships in mediated settlements and in proceedings in the High Court.
"Understands real world risk and provides invaluable strategic advice on tricky employment law issues." (Chambers Europe 2020)
"Go-to person for high-level sensitive work… a very valued partner." (Chambers Europe 2019)
"A 'go-to' person who is highly effective, pragmatic and extremely good when dealing with senior management and non-lawyers." (Chambers Europe 2017)
"Considerable knowledge of labour law and industrial relations across numerous jurisdictions, and he is widely admired for his vast presence across the market." (Chambers Europe 2016)
Duncan has co-authored “Employment Law in Ireland” and has written articles for specialist legal publications. He regularly speaks at conferences on employment and industrial relations matters for organisations such as the Law Society and other professional bodies. Duncan was involved in the establishment of the Law Society Employment Law diploma. He lectures this course as well as on the Law Society of Ireland's Professional Practice courses. Duncan is a member of the European Employment Lawyers' Association and the Employment Lawyers Association of Ireland.