It is with the greatest sadness that we have to report the untimely death of Duncan Innes. He was a partner at Marriott Harrison for 21 years and helped to transform the firm through the force of his personality and his skills as a lawyer. He was a friend, colleague and mentor and a valued and trusted adviser. It was in his nature that clients would become friends and many have been associated with him throughout his time here.
There was no aspect of the firm in which he was not interested and influential, whether in the practice of law, his tireless efforts at marketing or his initiatives as our Minister for Fun. He took a particular interest in the careers of junior lawyers and was a keen motivator as well as extolling the highest standards. He arranged our epic trips to the Open (but only if it involved the sleeper to his beloved Scotland), he chose knowledgeably from wine menus and was central to the MH football team latterly as (a perhaps under-appreciated) goal keeper. On the Friday before he died he was taking steps to ensure that the firm’s 30th anniversary year, which this is, would be marked with a suitable event.
Duncan leaves us with a golden trail of memories stretching back through the years he was with us. Sadly, we must now be content with those.
There will be a private funeral on Monday 23rd February. A memorial service in Central London will be held at a date yet to be set, but details will be included on this website nearer the time.
Our most sympathetic thoughts are with Vera, Katharine, James and Charles and the other close members of his family.
Rest in peace, dear friend.