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Freeths LLP

5000 OXFORD BUSINESS PARK SOUTH, OXFORD, OX4 2BH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01865 781 000
Fax:
Fax 01865 778504
DX:
45418 COWLEY
Email:
Web:
www.freeths.co.uk

Duncan Crine

Tel:
Work 01865 781054
Email:
Web:
www.freeths.co.uk
Freeths LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

Duncan heads up Freeths’ sizeable 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.

Duncan is also an Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator. He has long been a strong proponent of all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and he is highly regarded for his mediation expertise, having represented clients at mediations for well over 20 years.

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), McCallum-Toppin & another v McCallum-Toppin & Others [ChD 2019] (shareholder dispute).

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", “very strong in mediation and negotiation, and gives consistently clear advice”.

Career

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

Member

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

Education

Unviersity of York (BA Hons).

Leisure

Family, outdoors.


South East: Dispute resolution

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

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

Duncan Crine leads the dispute resolution practice at Freeths LLP which offers 'excellent partner-led litigation services at reasonable rates'. The firm is experienced in representing private and corporate clients as claimants and respondents  in complex shareholder, contractual and commercial disputes in the technology, retail, construction, logistics and education sectors. The practice strengthened its disputes offering with the addition of 'first-rate litigator' Will Richmond-Coggan from BDB Pitmans in January 2019.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Duncan Crine - Freeths LLP

Within: Professional negligence

Freeths LLP's professional negligence practice is led by Duncan Crine and handles a wide range of high-value and complex matters for both claimants and defendants across a wide pool of industry sectors. Recent work highlights include acting for a director of a large drinks company in a shareholder dispute. Other key figures include managing partner Sarah Foster, who has particular expertise in trust and probate-related professional negligence matters, and William Richmond-Coggan, who joined the firm from Pitmans LLP.

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