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

East Anglia > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Duncan AstillMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP handles health and safety cases as part of the broad remit of its regulatory, public and commercial disputes practice, which frequently acts for clients in the construction, waste management, agriculture, education and charity sectors. Cambridge-based practice head Duncan Astill specialises in regulatory enforcement actions, investigation and public law disputes. Clients describe him as ‘outstanding, offering clear advice‘. Principal associate Amanda Narkiewicz handles regulatory and healthcare matters, including the defence of health and safety prosecutions, and managing investigations by the police and regulators.

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

The ‘very attentive and user-friendly‘ Mills & Reeve LLP has a substantial national education practice and large health group that are ‘honest, realistic and responsive at times when there is significant pressure‘. In Cambridge, Gary Attle is co-head of the education and research sector practice, in which the ‘approachable and positiveDuncan Astill has 20 years’ experience in public and regulatory law. Charity law partner Sarah Seed, construction specialist Raith Pickup, employment partner Stuart Craig and education group principal associate Poppy Short also play key roles. In Norwich, Stephen King and Natalie Wade are key partners in the health and care practice.