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Duncan McConnel SC
William Forster Chambers

Level 1
26 Harry Chan Avenue

GPO Box 4369

Tel: (08) 8982 4700

Duncan McConnel SC is a barrister at William Forster Chambers in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Year and Place of First Admission

1994, Northern Territory


High Court, Federal Courts and Tribunals, Northern Territory

Qualifications and experience

Accredited Mediator (NMAS)(2020)
Accredited Arbitrator (CIArb)(2019)
Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Barrister (2009) (admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

Type of mediation conducted

All areas of civil litigation, including: contract disputes, building claims, insurance, workers
compensation, trusts, estates, equitable claims, Australian Consumer Law claims, corporations


Duncan is a barrister at William Forster Chambers with a busy practice in insurance, worker’s compensation and commercial litigation.

Since being called to the Bar in 2009, Duncan has been involved in the majority of significant reported cases in the worker’s compensation jurisdiction in the Northern Territory. In addition, Duncan’s practice includes a wide variety of matters ranging from native title to crime, with an emphasis on the appellate jurisdiction.

Duncan has spent many years in legal profession representation, first at the Law Society of the Northern Territory and subsequently at the national level. In 2015 Duncan was the President of the Law Council of Australia, the peak national and international representative body for the Australian legal profession, having served as a director of that body for 7 years. In 2019 Duncan was appointed as Chairman of the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission for a term of 3 years. He is also the current President of the Northern Territory Bar Association.