Duncan Gorst provides clients with advocacy and strategic advice in complex international disputes, with a focus on international arbitration. 

Duncan has handled institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings around the world, spanning both common and civil law jurisdictions, in particular England, the United States, and Germany. He has a broad practice, covering, among others, complex disputes in international supply chains, manufacturing and engineering projects, and joint ventures. He has worked with clients in industries including the automotive, aerospace and defence, technology, energy, and life sciences sectors.

Duncan received a 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Germany™ recognition for International Arbitration, Arbitration and Mediation, and Litigation.

Duncan is qualified in both England and Wales (Solicitor Advocate) and New York and holds degrees in both English and German law. He speaks German fluently and has been based in Germany for over eight years. Duncan speaks and publishes regularly on international arbitration topics.

Duncan also has an active pro bono practice, regularly advising NGOs on international law issues, in particular human rights protection.

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

Resolving a dispute is a complex project. I work with you in a structured and efficient way from the outset by both understanding your dispute beyond the legal issues and aligning with you on the best means of resolution within the broader context of your expectations of the process and the outcome.

Work

Automotive supplier

Acting for a multinational automotive supplier in an ICC arbitration regarding the supply of hardware components.

Software development company

Acting for a software development company in an ICC arbitration regarding post-M&A claims for warranty and earn-out on a share purchase agreement.

Multinational aerospace and defence company

Acting for a multinational aerospace and defence company in a DIS arbitration against a supplier regarding the supply of hardware and software for a defence project

Multinational aerospace and defence company

Acting for a multinational aerospace and defence company in an ICC arbitration regarding the supply of hardware for a build-to-print manufacturing project

Multinational pharmaceutical company

Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration against a Chinese supplier

German joint venture partner

Acting for a German joint venture partner in a series of DIS arbitrations arising out of breaches of contract and related statutory claims

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