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Duncan Milwain


Duncan trained and qualified at one of the London “Magic Circle” practices and qualified into its Private Client Department in 1995. He moved to Leeds in 2000 and now works for Lupton Fawcett Denison Till where he heads the cross-disciplinary Charities and Social Enterprises Group (CSEG). 

In the course of his career he has spent a significant proportion of his time advising trust-based and corporate charities and other not for private profit organisations, including chartered bodies and social enterprises. The advice has covered a range of issues including carrying out full legal audits for charities (including advising on trustee liability, governance, trading and taxation issues) and preparing reports for trustees and assisting with the implementation of recommendations.

He has advised several independent schools, religious organisations, cultural organisations, professional bodies and a charitable light railway organisation.

He has also advised a series of social enterprises on options for constitutional structure and assisting with their establishment as Community Interest Companies, as Community Amateur Sports Companies or as co-operatives.

He has lectured on various matters for charities including on risk management, duties and responsibilities of trustees, good governance, structure options for social enterprises and on the appointment of investment managers. He has worked on a number of Charity Law Association working parties, most recently in relation to the new social enterprise tax relief to be introduced in 2014. 

Career Milestones

  • 1993 Trainee Solicitor at Allen and Overy
  • 1995 Assistant Solicitor at Allen and Overy
  • 1998 Assistant Solicitor at Bircham & Co
  • 2000 Senior Solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard
  • 2004 Joined Lupton Fawcett as Head of Trusts, Wills and Estates Department
  • 2008 Appointed Director at Lupton Fawcett
  • 2010 Became Head of the CSEG Team
  • 2012 Runner up - Private Client, Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year


What Others Say

Duncan Milwain leads Lupton Fawcett Denison Till's charities and social enterprises practice. Clients appreciate his "excellent technical knowledge, commercial awareness and client service." Chambers & Partners UK 2016

Professional Societies

  • Law Society
  • Charity Law Association

When not at work

Duncan acts as a trustee of a number of charitable organisations, including being a member of the Parochial Church Council for St Peter’s, Shipley, is a Trustee of a number of charities, a Director of a social enterprise, and the Chair of Trustees of Bradford Festival Choral Society.

Aside from raising two children, Duncan recently rediscovered an interest (though not huge talent) for singing. He also enjoys gardening, cooking, wine collecting, and film.