Duncan is head of the Firm’s Employment Law Group at A&L Goodbody. He has considerable experience having practiced exclusively in the area of employment law and industrial relations in multiple jurisdictions.
He advises both public and private sector employers on both contentious and non contentious matters. Duncan has developed close working relationships at the highest level with clients and provides strategic advice on restructuring, reorganisation and general employment related matters. He regularly appears in Employment Law Fora, including the Rights Commissioner Service, the Equality Tribunal, the Labour Court, the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Circuit Court, the High Court and Supreme Court. He also advises the public sector on administrative law matters and has regularly appeared in the High Court in high profile Judicial Review proceedings. Duncan also advises on partnership disputes and has acted for partnerships in mediated settlements and in proceedings in the High Court.
Duncan is recommended in a number of leading legal publications. "Duncan wins plaudits for his skill on contentious mandates, as well as his ability to handle cross-border issues, he appreciates the different cultural and practical issues on both sides and makes sure he finds the optimal solution for us” (Chambers Europe, 2013). "Duncan Inverarity has boosted the practice significantly since his arrival" (Legal 500 2013). Clients hail Duncan: "As sensational. He is easy to deal with and has a practical understanding of the issues" (Chambers Europe 2012); "A talented litigator who handles labour cases before the highest courts as well as employment tribunals" (Chambers Europe 2011); “Extremely efficient, vastly experienced, personable lawyer who is easy to work with” (Chambers Europe 2010); “He practised as a barrister in Australia and brings this advocacy skill to the firm’s employment practice. Much of his work is focused on healthcare, a field in which he is an expert” (Chambers Europe 2009); “A shrewd operator, Duncan won praise for his straightforward, no-nonsense advice” (Chambers Europe 2008).
- BComm, University of NSW (Australia), 1988
- LL.B, University of NSW (Australia), 1991
- Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2004
- Solicitor, Law Society of Australia and New Zealand
- Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales
Duncan speaks regularly on employment and industrial relations matters at conferences for organisations such as the Public Affairs Institute, Legal Island, the Law Society and other professional bodies. He co-authored “Employment Law in Ireland” and has written articles for specialist legal publications. He often provides comment on current employment issues in the national media. Duncan was involved in the establishment of the Law Society Employment Law diploma and now lectures on the course and to law student on the Law Society’s Professional Practice Courses. He is also a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association and the Employment Lawyers Association of Ireland.