Duncan Jones specialises in criminal and white-collar defence advice, advocacy and investigations. He has particular expertise in fraud and financial crime, business crime and regulatory enforcement.
Duncan advises individual and business clients facing investigation and prosecution by a range of agencies, including the Serious Fraud Office, the US Department of Justice, HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Duncan has worked on numerous sensitive and high-profile matters and is frequently instructed to represent professionals, high profile, and high net-worth individuals in relation to confidential matters. He is currently instructed as junior trial counsel for an individual prosecuted by the SFO for alleged corruption in connection with Unaoil and has worked on other high-profile SFO investigations including ENRC and Alstom.
Duncan’s court practice encompasses proceedings at all levels of the English criminal courts. He acts as junior alone or as led-junior defending in complex 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
In 2017-18 Duncan was part of a transatlantic team representing Richard Usher, a former foreign exchange trader who was prosecuted by the US Department of Justice for conspiracy to fix prices in the $5 trillion-per-day global foreign exchange market. Mr Usher was acquitted of all charges by a federal jury in the Southern District of New York.
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.
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
Prizes / Awards
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