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Duncan McConnel

William Forster Chambers

Level 1
26 Harry Chan Avenue

GPO Box 4369

Tel: 08 8982 4700
Fax: 08 8941 1541

Practice Details

Admitted to the Supreme Court:
Signed the Bar Roll:

Duncan McConnel

Duncan McConnel 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


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.

Areas of Practice
  • Common Law/Personal Injury
  • Appellate (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Dust Diseases (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Insurance - disability claims (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Intentional Torts (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Judicial Review - motor accident (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Judicial Review - workers compensation (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Motor Vehicles (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Negligence (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Professional Negligence (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Work Injury Damages (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Workers Compensation (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Commercial
  • Appellate (Commercial)
  • Banking (Commercial)
  • Competition (Commercial)
  • Consumer Protection Law (Commercial)
  • Contractual Disputes (Commercial)
  • Corporate Insolvency (Commercial)
  • Corporations Law (Commercial)
  • Insurance (Commercial)
  • Partnership Disputes (Commercial)
  • Professional Liability (Commercial)
  • Real Property (Commercial)
  • Disciplinary Proceedings (Public/Administrative)
  • Judicial Review and administrative law (Public/Administrative)
  • Liquor Licensing (Public/Administrative)
  • Merits Review (Public/Administrative)
  • Native Title (Public/Administrative)
  • Work Health and Safety (Criminal)
  • Civil Appeals (Appellate)
  • Equity
  • Work Health and Safety (Industrial/Employment)
  • Environment and Planning
  • Appellate (Environment and Planning)
  • Environmental and Planning Offences (Environment and Planning)
  • Mining (Environment and Planning)
  • Inquests/Inquiries
  • Commisssions and other inquiries (Inquests/Inquiries)
  • Coronial Inquests (Inquests/Inquiries)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution