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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Duncan Hamilton

Arnot Manderson - Edinburgh

Duncan Hamilton - Arnot Manderson
  • Parliament House
  • Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
  • EH1 1RF

Profile submitted by Duncan Hamilton

Practice Areas

Specialises in defamation, reporting restrictions, contempt of court, privacy and media law. Top ranked by both Chambers and the Legal 500 directories. Principally instructed Counsel for BBC Scotland and additional regularly appearing for a range of national newspapers, broadcasters and high profile individuals in media matters. He has appeared in a number of important recent cases (including the Supreme Court) redefining media coverage of court proceedings in Scotland and additionally the leading defamation decision of the Inner House on qualified privilege, honest comment and defamatory meaning. His practice also includes clinical negligence, personal injury and public law. He is a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government.

Professional Memberships

Faculty of Advocates.


Trained at leading Edinburgh firm before calling at the Scottish Bar. Previously a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2003. Served on six Parliamentary Committees, including the Justice Committee. Additionally, a weekly newspaper columnist for a number of national titles over the last decade including 'The Scotsman' and 'Scotland on Sunday'. Special Adviser to the First Minister of Scotland in 2007-08. Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government from 2013 to date.


Contributor to 'Scots Law for Journalists' (Eighth Edition)