Duncan has 25 years' experience in managing professional service firms and was appointed as Executive Partner of CMS on 1 January 2018. In this role, he is responsible for the implementation of the overall global strategy and expansion of CMS as well as for the organisation's financial performance, client-related technology initiatives and business development.
Formerly the Managing Partner based in London, he was responsible for steering the UK firm through the global financial crisis and was the architect of a number of mergers including the largest 3 way UK merger with the firms of Olswang and Nabarro. During his eight year tenure, the profits of the firm increased considerably and the business grew substantially.
Under Duncan's leadership, the firm opened offices in Brazil, Russia, China, Turkey and the Middle East. He also oversaw a programme of innovation, introducing new processes and technologies including the groundbreaking outsourcing to Integreon and a relocation of the firm to a new cutting edge office in London.
Duncan was a founding partner of the CMS Academy, in partnership with IMD Business School, which has pioneered training, learning and development across CMS.
Prior to becoming managing partner, Duncan was a leading private equity lawyer bringing his characteristic dynamic and innovative approach to deals. He was also head of the European Private Equity Group, specialising in cross-border investment in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2006, he was named by Private Equity International as one of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers in the world. He moved to Prague and later to Geneva and led the large scale expansion of the firm's Central and Eastern European Practice bringing together some 400 lawyers across eight jurisdictions in 12 regional practice and sector groups.
Duncan has degrees in law, psychology, business management and tax and is an alumnus of Keele University, The London School of Economics and IMD Business School. He is currently undertaking a doctorate in digital business models for professional service firms at the Dauphine University in Paris.
Duncan currently lives in Milan with his wife Candy and their four children Sebastian, Francesca, Toby and Phoebe.