Duncan McGill


My expertise is in commercial litigation and dispute resolution with a focus on insurance, medico-legal, construction, liquor law and insolvency. I provide advice in advocacy matters before courts at all levels and a broad range of tribunals. I am also an experienced participant in all forms of alternative dispute resolution and I am a qualified mediator.

In the insurance sector I advise insurers and insureds on indemnity and defence issues with a particular focus on professional liability claims. I have acted for a broad range of professionals including architects, engineers, accountants, lawyers, real estate agents, health professionals and construction industry participants.

In the medico-legal area I have represented a broad range of health professionals including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, chiropractors and osteopaths in relation to complaints and disciplinary proceedings before the Health and Disability Commissioner and professional registration boards. I have appeared in numerous hearings before various professional boards, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and the Coroner’s Court. I have also acted for numerous primary health organisations, charitable trusts, private hospitals and rest homes.

In the construction sector I have advised construction professionals and companies in relation to construction contract and payment disputes and have been involved in numerous leaky and defective building claims.

In the liquor law arena I have for more than 10 years represented one of New Zealand’s two largest supermarket operators in relation to their contentious liquor issues including appearing before various District Licensing Committees, the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority and the High Court on numerous occasions. I also assist various liquor industry participants including bar operators, off licence holders and individual liquor managers with all aspects of liquor licensing and enforcement.

I have advised receivers, liquidators and secured creditors in relation to insolvency matters. This includes representation in relation to voidable transactions claims, director’s duties, priority and security issues and recovery matters.

I am recognised as a 'Leading Individual' for insurance by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 legal directory, with clients saying "Duncan McGill is my key contact. Always willing to answer the phone and help my clients". I am an active member of the Auckland Medico-Legal Society, the Construction Law Society of New Zealand, the New Zealand Insurance Law Association and I am a board member of the Justitia Mutual Association Inc, a mutual offering professional indemnity insurance to the legal profession.