Duncan Aldred works, mainly with banks and insolvency professionals, on contentious matters.
Duncan is highly experienced in advising clients on aspects of banking law and practice, administrations, provisional liquidations, court-appointed receiverships, injunctions and mediations.
Away from litigation, Duncan has helped banks and other clients to deal with a wide variety of sensitive issues. These have ranged from technical legal questions through handling threats of blackmail to dealing with potentially adverse publicity.
Subjects on which Duncan regularly talks include: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Fraud, Disclosure in Litigation, Legal Professional Privilege, Constructive Trusts, Money laundering and 'Tipping Off'. Duncan has also published numerous articles and has spoken several times at the annual Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime. Over the last 2 years, he has spoken for the Securities and Investment Institute, the Compliance Institute, The Anti Money laundering Professionals Forum and R3.
Relevant experience includes advising:
- A large UK bank in defending one of the major litigation cases of the year, brought by Mahme Trust and others. The litigation culminated in a seven-week trial. Judgement was given in favour of the Bank on all points and the Bank was awarded indemnity costs
- Ferrari SpA in what became known as the F1 Spying scandal. This involved leading a small team to obtain and carry out a search order to retrieve confidential ferrari documents from the home of a competitor's chief designer and subsequently representing Ferrari at two meetings of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, which resulted in Ferrari's main competitor receiving a ban from the 2007 constructors' championship and a record $100million fine
- A major bank client to design and implement a strategy for minimising losses crested by a complex property-related fraud