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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Duncan Astill

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Duncan is part of the commercial, regulatory and public sector disputes team in Cambridge. Duncan specialises in regulatory enforcement action. He represents clients immediately following serious incidents, through Police and HSE investigations and at Coroner’s Inquests. In addition Duncan advises on a full range of regulatory matters including environmental issues. Duncan is a public law expert experienced in judicial review proceedings. He advises on governance and risk management and provides bespoke training to many clients on health and safety related topics, including training boards in respect of their collective and individual responsibilities. Throughout his career Duncan has acted for a variety of clients across all sectors of the economy. He has a particular strength in health, education and in respect of building and construction related issues.


Solicitor Bevan Ashford Solicitors 1999-2004; associate Bevan Brittan LLP 2204-08; senior associate 2008-09; associate/partner Mills & Reeve LLP 2009 to present.


BA (Hons) Law, Sheffield Hallam University 1994.


Cricket, tennis and walking the dog.

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Within: Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP 'offers an excellent service to clients in commercial litigation matters, which are handled robustly on clients' behalf and the issues are always well thought through', says one barrister who notes that 'the calibre of the lawyers is high and they are always a pleasure to be instructed by'. Jamie Wheatley leads the practice and has 'a strong intellect coupled with sound commercial judgement, and he appears popular with clients and a real pleasure to work with'. The firm's other stars include Gary Attle who focuses on public law and clients note his 'exceptional experience and wisdom' adding that he is 'a delight to work with'; associate Lino Di Lorenzo , who handles corporate recovery and general commercial litigation, is 'incredibly capable, definitely one to watch for the future; his analysis is impressive and he provides clear, intelligible and practical advice'; 'capable litigator' and principal associate Douglas McDonald ; and principal associate Alison Garrett , who is known for 'strong commercial guidance during settlement negotiations'. Di Lorenzo helped Wheatley and principal associate Helen Prandy pursue a $7.6m breach of contract and misrepresentation claim for client 1st Class Legal Limited in Chicago, US. Another highlight saw Duncan Astill handle a £3m dispute for NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group. Consultant and head of the North America desk Graeme Menzies  is also recommended. Monika Sobiecki moved to Dentons.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Duncan Astill - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Health and safety

Mills & Reeve LLP has a regulatory practice that is best-known for its work in the the healthcare sector, in which it advises both independent and public sector service providers on health and safety matters. Its recent work includes achieving the discontinuance of a corporate manslaughter investigation against an NHS Trust, obtaining early resolution of a police investigation into the death of a care home resident who went missing following a fire alarm, and preventing enforcement action being taken against a German contractor after subcontractors developed carbon monoxide poisoning. Duncan Astill in Cambridge leads the practice and frequently acts for clients in the construction and healthcare industries, including overseas companies, in compliance and HSE matters. In-house barrister, regulatory lawyer and Crown Court judge Philip Grey  leads on work in the education sector. Senior associate Amanda Narkiewicz is a rising star and with Astill she defended Spanish company Befesa Salt Slags Ltd in two prosecutions. Consultant and regulatory specialist Ian Mayers has more than 30 years' experience in this specialist area of law.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Health

The health and care practice at Mills & Reeve LLP provides 'an excellent overall level of service with excellent sector knowledge and commercial experience, a fast response rate, strong healthcare team depth, and good value for money'. Project finance specialist Bridget Archibald leads the practice from Cambridge and is the relationship partner for key clients such as as NHS Property Services. Corporate partner Natalie Wade has 'fantastic knowledge and network in the healthcare sector, and deep commercial understanding of competitors and corporates'. She handles high-value M&A projects for clients including Virgin Care and Elysium Healthcare. She recently advised a private equity house on the acquisition of a regional dental chain. Her team is noted for including 'incredibly responsive and proactive market experts'. Also recommended are procurement specialist Kevin Calder, who handles major projects for the Department of Health; regulatory specialist Duncan Astill; IT contracts expert Peter Wainman; and new arrival James Fry , who was previously head of life sciences at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is led by Bridget Archibald and is praised for its¬†‚Äėproactive approach and a great understanding of the NHS industry'.¬†The practice has extensive expertise in healthcare M&A, commercial NHS work and technology. Julian Smith¬† and Duncan Astill¬†advised¬†US-based investors the Nashville Healthcare Council and Tenet Healthcare on entry into the UK healthcare market through joint ventures and acquisitions. The ‚Äėimpressive ‚Äô Jill Mason¬† heads the health care and mental health group and recently acted for a South East CCG in designing a home care package for a patient with complex requirements, as well as for a charity care home in Court of Protection proceedings. Commercial specialist Kevin Calder¬† continues to work with the Department of Health on high-value commercial projects. Peter Wainman¬†is advising Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust on procurement of two new interconnecting IT systems. Jill Weston and Sarah Garrood ‚Äėhave years of experience and are highly recommended‚Äô for mental health and regulatory work, and Stuart Knowles¬† is ‚Äėvery responsive and knowledgeable‚Äô in clinical governance and inquests. James Fry¬† joined the team from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬† in September 2017 to lead the life sciences practice.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Mills & Reeve LLP  is experienced in investigations facing the construction and healthcare sectors. Duncan Astill  leads the Brimingham team and recently advised Befesa Salt Slags on two separate matters. The first involved an investigation into the death of a Spanish contractor while replacing heavy machinery on the client's premises and the second on the management of the risks posed by hand arm vibration syndrome.  Also recommended is consultant Chris Gough, who is an expert in advising on carbon monoxide-related cases.

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