D Hamilton

Duncan G. Hamilton K.C.

Year of Call: 2006

Year of Silk: 2021


M.A. (Hons) University of Glasgow

LL.B. University of Edinburgh

Dip.L.P. University of Edinburgh

Special interests

Company and commercial



Duncan Hamilton has a wide civil caseload and extensive experience at all levels of the Scottish civil court system. He is top ranked by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 in media law. The Legal 500 also has him ranked as a Band 1 Silk in Public and Administrative Law.

His expertise covers all aspects of reputation management including defamation, contempt, privacy and data protection. In public law, he has acted regularly both for and against public bodies in high profile judicial reviews. He has an extensive Inquiry practice, most recently in the high-profile public inquiries into the death of Sheku Bayoh, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and the Scottish Covid Inquiry.

He has an additional specialism in both high value personal injury actions and clinical negligence, having acted in all types of such cases for both pursuers and defenders over nearly 20 years.


Part Time Sheriff since 2021

Legal Convener of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland since 2018.

Ad Hoc Advocate Depute since 2018

Member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999-2003.