Duncan Astill > Mills & Reeve LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP

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Contentious health.


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.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Human resources > Health and safety

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which is led by Cambridge-based Duncan Astill and Jamie Wheatley, acts for a wide range of institutional and corporate clients. It has particular expertise in the firm’s two largest sectors, namely health and education; in relation to the latter area, the group has been particularly active in advising university estates on asbestos-related incidents. The group overall is adept at advising on corporate manslaughter and health and safety prosecutions. It also advises on other matters, such as Care Quality Commission enforcements and inquests.

East Anglia > Human resources > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Duncan AstillMills & Reeve LLP

The regulatory practice at Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in regulatory enforcement actions and related advice. It has notable expertise in the education and healthcare sectors, though it recently handled high-profile matters in the construction industry. Head of the regulatory practice Duncan Astill is a leading light and his group is a key component in litigator Jamie Wheatley‘s national regulatory, public and commercial disputes service line. Principal associate Amanda Narkiewicz is a rising star who regularly handles investigations and prosecutions by police, the HSE and other regulators following incidents of significant injuries and fatalities.

East Anglia > Public sector > Health

Mills & Reeve LLP has more than 300 health sector clients nationally, and many of them call on the services of partners in the firm’s Cambridge and Norwich offices. It acts for leading NHS trusts, independent healthcare providers, commissioning groups, government bodies, charities and investors in the sector. The key partners in East Anglia are regulatory enforcement specialist Duncan Astill, health and care M&A expert Natalie Wade and technology and contracts adviser Peter Wainman.