Simon Duncan

Legal Director

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Career History

After a career in the City as an interest rate trader, Simon re-qualified as a solicitor. He completed a Law degree (City University, First Class Honours) followed by the Bachelor of Civil Law at Brasenose College Oxford University, before qualifying as a solicitor at Davies Arnold Cooper in 2009.

Simon joined Moon Beever in 2011 and Wedlake Bell in July 2021 when the two firms merged. He practices in insolvency and financial litigation, and he has developed a particular expertise in banking litigation and swap mis-selling claims. He has written widely in these areas with articles published in the New Law Journal, Amicus Curiae and in Recovery.

In 2015, he was invited to become a Guest Lecturer at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London. In July 2016, he presented a paper at INSOL International Academics’ Colloquium on insolvency set-off in the aftermath of the banking crisis.

In September 2016, Simon started a 12-month period of study leave in order to complete a Master of Studies in Legal Research degree at Oxford University. He explored the limits of insolvency set-off in the context of swap mis-selling claims. He returned to full-time practice at Moon Beever in October 2017. He joined Wedlake Bell from Moon Beever in July 2021 when the firms merged.

In October 2018 Simon accepted an offer from Oxford University Law Faculty to enroll as a research student to complete a doctorate (a DPhil in Law) on a part-time basis. He is extending his research on the law of set-off.