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Ben Quiney QC

Call 1998 • QC 2014

"An absolute star of the Insurance World."
(Legal 500 2020)

Career Summary

He has practised at Crown Office Chambers since its formation, and 1 Paper Buildings prior to merger. Before coming to the Bar he was awarded a first class degree in law and went onto take the BCL postgraduate degree. After University he worked as a tax trainee with Ernst Young. During this period he received intensive training and experience in accounting, finance and corporate tax matters and techniques.


Ben practises in all areas of common law and commercial litigation. He specialises in commercial and insurance disputes, construction, and professional negligence. Ben has fought cases in the specialist divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court. He has a wide range of experience in domestic and international Arbitrations in a variety of jurisdictions.


In the recent editions of Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 Ben is identified as a Leading QC in his core areas of work, such as Insurance, Property Damage, Construction and Professional Negligence. He is described in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as:

“An absolute star of the Insurance World”

“He has the rare talent of a razor-sharp intellect combined with the ability to present his point in a user-friendly format.”

“A hard-working and meticulous barrister who is very good on his feet.”

“Responsive, incisive, clear and an excellent strategist.”

“He exudes total confidence in his case and he is a good cross-examiner.”

“A rare calmness in the face of adversity, which is a massive attribute when dealing with difficult and complex cases.’

‘Ferociously intelligent but at the same time very down to earth and approachable’

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  • Birkdale School, Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) in Law – First Class, University College, Oxford
  • Tax Trainee with Ernst & Young
  • BCL, University College, Oxford
  • Admitted to Gray’s Inn, Lord Birkenhead Scholarship
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Called to the Bar
  • Tenant at Crown Office Chambers (previously One Paper Buildings)
  • Appointed QC
  • Called to the BVI Bar


Ben regularly gives seminars in his areas of expertise. He is happy to do so as part of in-house training. In the past few years he has given seminars on the following topics: Insurance Act 2015; liquidated damages; fire and disaster claims; bonds & guarantees; conflicts of interest; privilege and the law of evidence; damages; fiduciary and directors’ duties; interim commercial remedies; restrictive covenants; the impact of Covid 19 and insurance claims; loss of a chance in professional negligence claims; and the Law Commission reform of Insurance Law.


  • PNBA


“Very calm, very intelligent, highly responsive, fun to deal with and a good strategist.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is very dedicated, always on top of the details and very pragmatic.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is excellent, very good at what he does and particularly good at difficult coverage cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“Ferociously intelligent but at the same time very down to earth and approachable.”

Legal 500 2017

“Particularly good at oral advocacy.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“His client care is excellent and he’s always open to new ideas.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“He has great attention to detail, is very tenacious and very bright.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“Extremely user-friendly – very clear in the way that he explains things.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is incredibly bright, he gets to the kernel of the problem very quickly. He is very practical and pragmatic in his approach.”

“He is an ingenious lawyer, and one of those practitioners that just loves the law.”

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