Delroy Duncan, KC

Director (Litigation)

Specialises in Litigation
(441) 295 7444
dduncan@td.bm
I was honoured to receive the appointment as Queen’s Counsel in a ceremony at Westminster Hall in London, but my overriding sentiment is one of deep gratitude for the people whose contributions and example helped to shape my personal and professional life trajectory.

Delroy is a Director and Founding Partner of Trott & Duncan. In March 2020, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in England in recognition of a distinguished international career that began when he was called to the Bar of England and Wales in London in 1984. Delroy has been extensively involved in litigation arising out of company and commercial disputes, public law and constitutional law cases and human rights issues.

Delroy is highly regarded for his extensive public law experience, advising and appearing in the leading constitutional, judicial review and labour dispute cases both for and against the Bermuda Government, as well as governments in the Caribbean including BVI, Turks and Caicos Islands and Antigua.

Delroy has appeared in over 100 reported cases in the Supreme Court of Bermuda, the Court of Appeal of Bermuda, the Court of Appeal of the United Kingdom and Her Majesty’s Privy Council.

Delroy has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 1997 and sits on local and international arbitrations both as a sole arbitrator and as a member of a panel of arbitrators. He is certified as a trained mediator (Notre Dame Law School, Indiana, 2008), Social Justice Mediator (Social Justice Mediation Institute, Bermuda 2013) and Human Rights mediator. Delroy’s extensive human rights experience has resulted in him acting for the Bermuda Human Rights Commission in various cases and being regularly appointed as a Human Rights mediator.

In January 2016, he was appointed as an Assistant Justice of the Supreme Court of Bermuda.

Delroy is an Associate Member of Cloisters Chambers, which is an esteemed public law set where he completed pupillage and secured tenancy, former President of the Bermuda Bar Association, and a Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Education

  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science

Publications

Offshore Commercial Law in Bermuda Second Edition- Contributor of the chapter Enforcement of Judgments in Bermuda.

Noteable Cases

What Delroy thinks

We have a strong litigation department at all levels and a long history of doing both local and international work. We maintain a substantial local practice, while still earning a noticeable presence in international work for trust, insolvency and company law. We have a strong commercial practice, we are also the preeminent firm on the island for labour relations, constitutional law and judicial review. On the transactional side, the firm has a niche clientele for probate and conveyancing because we have an attentive and caring private client team. We are very much embedded in the community. People come to us because of our history; they remain with us because we value our clients.

My pupillage and tenancy at Cloisters had a profound influence on me. At the time, it was the one of the top ten sets of Chambers in London and David Turner-Samuels, who became Head of Chambers, had represented Bermudians charged in the BELCO riots in the 1960s. Cloisters was producing many of the leading public lawyers of the generation and I was privileged to work alongside them. Those experiences inspired me to take on a lot of public law cases when I came to Bermuda.

I was honoured to receive the appointment as Queen’s Counsel in a ceremony at Westminster Hall in London, but my overriding sentiment is one of deep gratitude for the people whose contributions and example helped to shape my personal and professional life trajectory. Taking silk in England is a rare designation, especially in Bermuda, and having Jerome Lynch, KC working with Trott & Duncan makes us the only firm on-island with two Queen’s Counsels on staff.

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