Duncan Penny QC > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill


Duncan’s expertise covers corruption, high-end commercial and banking fraud cases and cartel investigations.  Recent work includes the representation of a banker charged in the Euribor proceedings; the first prosecution to trial of a company charged with corruption (in which he represented the company Chairman); the prosecution for corruption of the former Premier of the Cayman Islands and the election petition for bribery and corruption brought against the former Mayor of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.  He defended in the BA/Virgin ‘price-fixing’ case and represented one of the defendants charged in the phone hacking trial.

Duncan regularly acts in an advisory capacity for private clients. He conducts forfeiture applications, restraint proceedings, worldwide freezing orders and other criminal aspects of civil and commercial litigation. He is currently retained by the SFO in an ongoing investigation into the affairs of a high profile company. He has also advised the CMA, OFWAT and OFCOM.

He has appeared in many cases in the Supreme Court and the House of Lords, including as Leading Counsel.  He appeared in the leading cases on confiscation (R v May, Jennings and Green and R v Waya). Duncan regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and is instructed by the Attorney General to appear in guideline cases concerning terrorism and national security.  He also regularly appears in the Divisional Court in judicial review proceedings issued in connection with the investigation and prosecution of crime or regulatory matters.


Called 1992. Junior Treasury Counsel 2006; First Junior Treasury Counsel 2011; Senior Treasury Counsel 2014; Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2014.


University of Oxford, BA (Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Duncan Penny QC6KBW College HillA silk of strong intellect and a powerful court presence.

A powerhouse of criminal advocacy‘, 6KBW College Hill is well known as ‘a premier division prosecution set‘ with ‘first-class counsel‘, but is also noted for its capabilities in handling defence instructions. Terrorism cases remain prominent in the team’s caseload; Duncan Penny QC successfully prosecuted Hashem Abedi, who was convicted of 22 counts of murder in respect of the bombing at the Manchester Arena in 2017. In another matter, Duncan Atkinson QC and Ben Lloyd acted for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the prosecution of Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare following the death of Hoare’s three-year-old son from asphyxiation, allegedly due to being crushed by Waterson’s car seat; Waterson was convicted of manslaughter, while Hoare received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Also of note, Alistair Richardson, unled, prosecuted Tristan Morgan, a neo-Nazi who attempted to burn down Exeter Synagogue. Dorian Lovell-Pank QC retired from practice in January 2020.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Duncan Penny QC6KBW College HillHe uses his precise eye for detail to excellent effect.

6KBW College Hill‘s members are adept at prosecuting and defending cases involving SFO investigations, corruption, and international bribery cases. Duncan Penny QC and Simon Ray are acting for Paul Careless, the former executive of Surge Financial, in an SFO investigation following the insolvency of London Capital & Finance in February 2019; Surge Financial marketed bonds for the company, which owed £237m to over 11,000 investors at the time of its collapse.