D Hamilton

Duncan G. Hamilton Q.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 has built a strong reputation across a range of civil law areas of practice including media law, high value personal injury actions and clinical negligence. He has also gained considerable experience in multiple Public Inquiries.

Top ranked by both the Legal 500 and Chambers, Duncan is a leading Counsel at the Scottish Bar specialising in media law. He is frequently instructed in defamation, privacy, data protection and contempt proceedings by a range of media interests, particularly the BBC.

In public law, Duncan has acted on behalf of the Scottish Government since 2013, and regularly appears on behalf of both the Government and other public bodies in judicial review and personal injury cases, including for public sector clients such as Police Scotland, Transport Scotland, the Scottish Prison Service and the Forestry Commission. He also successfully represented Alex Salmond in the former First Minister’s successful judicial review of the Scottish Ministers.

Duncan also maintains a busy practice in clinical negligence, often acting for healthboards.

In the area of Inquiries, Duncan has recently appeared at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on behalf of a leading private school and he is currently instructed on behalf of a Core Participant in the Public Inquiry into the death of Sheku Bayoh.

He has many years of experience of Fatal Accident Inquiries, often appearing on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service.


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.