Duncan Jones specialises in defence advice and advocacy in all areas of criminal and regulatory law. He has particular expertise in fraud and financial crime, regulatory litigation and corporate crime.
Duncan advises individual and business clients both before and after charge. His practice encompasses proceedings in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and regulatory tribunals. He is frequently instructed to represent professionals, high profile, and high net-worth individuals in criminal proceedings.
In fraud and financial crime, Duncan acts as junior alone or as led-junior defending in complex fraud and money laundering trials. His recent cases include boiler-room frauds, international VAT and excise diversion fraud, international bribery and corruption, and ‘rogue trader’ fraud worth many millions of pounds.
Duncan has specialist experience of litigation concerning the proceeds of crime, including cash seizure and forfeiture proceedings, restraint and asset recovery, having worked as a Legal Officer in the criminal finances litigation department of HM Revenue and Customs. He has represented various defendants facing confiscation enforcement proceedings, and third parties seeking to protect their interests in confiscation and restraint proceedings.
In general crime, Duncan has successfully defended those facing allegations of organised crime including a national conspiracy to supply drugs, conspiracy to handle stolen goods, conspiracy to import tobacco, and conspiracy to rob. He has acted for defendants facing allegations of serious violence, weapons offences and sexual offences. In 2016-17 he was a led-junior in the longest and most complex ‘modern-slavery’ trial ever prosecuted in this jurisdiction.
Duncan has substantial experience of a range of motoring law matters including drink and drug driving, dangerous driving, careless driving, vehicle and licencing offences. He has dealt with road traffic prosecutions involving fatal accidents.
Duncan has advised businesses and individuals accused in regulatory proceedings including for breaches of Human Medicines Regulation, environmental offences, and police disciplinary hearings.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Duncan worked at Corker Binning, a leading firm of solicitors, where he gained considerable experience of a range of white collar and general criminal matters including international bribery and corruption, fraud, regulatory offences, serious violence, sexual offences and driving offences. Duncan assisted with research, analysis and advice to a variety of clients including governments, corporations, bankers, politicians, sportsmen and private individuals.
He worked on several sensitive and high profile investigations and prosecutions including the parliamentary expenses investigation, the Pakistan cricketers’ spot-fixing trial, and preparations for the trial of Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne.
Duncan has successfully opposed applications for a variety of civil court orders including applications for football banning orders and orders for the destruction of dangerous dogs.
In 2017 Duncan delivered advocacy training to Russian lawyers in St Petersburg for Citizen’s Watch International.
2011 – BPTC - City Law School (Outstanding)
2008 – LLB (Joint Hons.) Law and Human Rights - University of Essex
2013 – Michael Jaffa Prize
2011 - Inner Temple prize for outstanding performance in BPTC examinations
2011 - Winner of the national BPTC criminal trial competition
2010 – Inner Temple exhibitioner
Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association