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Duncan Crine

Civil and Commercial Mediator

Duncan is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator with a background of more than 30 years as a solicitor in London and Oxford specialising in litigation and dispute resolution, including over 20 years in partner roles primarily at large national law firms.


Duncan understands the dynamics of civil disputes and the challenges of modern litigation.  He recognises the power of mediation to deliver swift, pragmatic, flexible, cost-effective and confidential solutions for seemingly intractable disputes; and he appreciates the importance for the parties of a 'safe pair of hands' to lead them through the process.


Duncan became an early adopter of mediation as a solicitor in the 1990s, and acted as 'mediation advocate' for clients (both Claimants and Defendants) in numerous disputes throughout his practice as a solicitor.


Duncan was a practising solicitor from 1991 to 2021.  He became an ADR Group accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator in 2019.

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If you would like to discuss a potential mediation, please email or call Duncan:

07933 769 277 


"Duncan has real stamina, patience and considerable skill as a mediator"

- Commercial Litigation Partner at a leading national law firm, London 2023

"Duncan Crine is a cool and wise head, with a breadth of practice that means he can bring a wider perspective.  Very calm, reassuring and easy to work with."

- Legal 500 2021

"Duncan is very approachable and an expert in his field."

- Chambers & Partners 2021

"very client friendly", "attentive to time pressures and deals with matters promptly and effectively".

- Legal 500 2019

"can always navigate tricky issues and... can understand particularly complex work".

- Chambers & Partners 2019

"a very pragmatic, down-to-earth chap"

- Chambers & Partners 2018

"very strong in mediation and negotiation"

- Legal 500 2017

"very bright and tactically first class"

- Chambers & Partners 2017

"immensely experienced and practical"

- Legal 500 2016

Areas of practice and experience

During his time in legal practice, Duncan gained extensive experience across a wide range of complex and high value disputes, including:

  • professional negligence and related insurance policy coverage issues

  • property, probate, estates and trust disputes

  • corporate and M&A claims, shareholder unfair prejudice claims and partnership disputes

  • B2B contract disputes (manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers).

Duncan has acted for both individuals and diverse businesses, ranging from SMEs to large multinationals, insurers and insureds, trustees, public sector bodies and charities.


We offer the following mediation services delivered by Duncan Crine:

  • Mediator for full day or half-day mediations

  • In-person (London, central and southern England) or remote (by online videoconference or phone)

  • Pre-mediation support and practice mediations

  • In-house mediation training.

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