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Ben Quiney QC

Call 1998 • QC 2014

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

Recommendations

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.”

“Utterly unflappable. Ask any question, no matter how complex or involved, and he will give a wholly considered covers-all-the-bases answer that gets to the real heart of the issue. Also very good at understanding how to get through opponents arguments.”

“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”

Career Summary

He has practised at Crown Office Chambers since its formation, and 1 Paper Buildings prior to merger and since 1998. 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. He took silk in 2014.

Practice

Ben practises in all areas of commercial litigation. He specialises in dealing with disputes dealing with all aspects of commercial, insurance, construction, and professional negligence issues. Ben has fought cases in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, TCC, 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.

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Qualifications


  • 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

Seminars

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.

Memberships


  • LCLCBA
  • TECBAR
  • COMBAR
  • PNBA

Recommendations


“He is very commercial and will always have thought of everything.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Utterly unflappable. Ask any question, no matter how complex or involved, and he will give a wholly considered covers-all-the-bases answer that gets to the real heart of the issue. Also very good at understanding how to get through opponents arguments.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Ben is incredibly calm, incredibly assured and measured.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“His advice is clear, measured and commercial and his mind is incredibly well organised.” “He’s good at structuring arguments methodically and impressive on his feet.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“His advocacy is sharp and incisive. Technically brilliant and happy to role up his sleeves.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is always fully read in, prepared and very organised. There is no better man in a crisis.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is structured and clear, and has a great knack for putting the client at ease. He’s very skilled at advocacy and advising in conference, and judges immediately warm to him.”; “He is calm and measured, puts his written arguments in an attractive way and is helpfully understated in court.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“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


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