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Freeths LLP

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Duncan Crine

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Freeths LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Duncan heads up Freeths’ substantial Dispute Resolution Department in Oxford.  With over 25 years’ litigation experience in the areas of commercial litigation, property litigation and professional negligence, he handles complex and high-value disputes and is familiar with High Court and County Court litigation, as well as all forms of ADR including mediation, arbitration and neutral expert evaluation.

Duncan’s personal caseload includes commercial litigation (contract disputes, shareholder/SPA disputes, unfair prejudice/s994 petitions, warranty/covenant claims etc) and professional negligence matters (claims for/against legal, construction and finance professionals and their insurers, and the provision of related insurance policy advice).  His cases have involved company/corporate deals and transactions, property schemes and construction projects, failed investment/tax schemes, loss of chance claims and disputed estates and trusts. Aside from mainstream issues of breach of contract and negligence, Duncan has handled claims involving alleged breach of trust, fiduciary duty, fraud, warranty of authority, identity theft, misfeasance, conversion, IT/IP issues, database infringement and estoppel.   

Duncan’s reported cases include: Halifax v Gould & Swayne [CA 1998] (multiparty managed litigation – shared ownership), Barclays v Savills &others [QB 2012] (lender litigation – featured in Lawyer magazine’s “Top 20 Cases of 2012”), Page v Hewetts & another [ChD 2013] (limitation), Xenakis v Birkett Long [QB 2014] (recoverable loss).

Clients describe Duncan as: “very bright and tactically first-class”, “gives consistently clear advice”, pragmatic, down-to-earth” and “one of the most tenacious litigators around – a formidable opponent".


Qualified 1991. Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave/ Beachcroft Wansbroughs/ Beachcroft LLP (London) 1992-2006 (partner from 2000). Henmans/Henmans Freeth/Freeths LLP 2006-date (partner).


Law Society; Property Litigation Association (PLA), Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA).


Unviersity of York (BA Hons 2(:1)).


Family, outdoors.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Freeths LLP’s experience encompasses multi-party shareholder, IT supplier and professional negligence cases, among other matters such as employment issues, contractual disputes and passing off claims. Duncan Crine provides ‘clear advice’ and leads the practice, which acts for clients such as BMW and GEFCO. Also noted are managing partner Sarah Foster, senior associate Andrew Dashwood-Begg and recently promoted senior associate Mona Schroedel.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Freeths LLP consists of Simon Hobbs in Milton Keynes and litigator Duncan Crine in Oxford and has a particularly strong standing in the hospitality, national pub chain and real estate sectors, for which the team advises on administrations, transactional issues and disputes as well as directors’ duties, liabilities and allegations against them. Hobbs recently advised Intertain on the liquidation of Jongleurs Comedy (Group). Other clients include Whitbread, PwC, Quantuma and Ernst & Young.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Duncan Crine - Freeths LLP

Within: Professional negligence

Freeths LLP has ‘a very good depth of knowledge in the area of professional negligence and the difficulties that can arise with various parties’. The team handles a mix of claimant and defendant matters in the financial and property sectors, and also has strong expertise in emerging professions and D&O liability insurance. In a recent highlight, the firm represented Travelers International Insurance Company in two related solicitors negligence claims regarding property transactions, successfully securing a favourable summary judgment with costs; it also represented the client in a case arising from a decision not to pursue a claim against an NHS Trust. Practice head Duncan Crine has ‘a cool head’ and ‘is a class act’. He is ably assisted by Sarah Foster, who specialises in probate disputes and regularly handles claims against local authority employees; Clare Bellis, who is ‘a strong, sensible and capable litigator’ with significant property litigation expertise; and Angela Bowman, who specialises in probate and charity-related claims.

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