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Ben Quiney QC

Call 1998 • QC 2014

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

International Arbitration

Ben has wide experience of arbitrations, both domestically and internationally. This is in all his core areas, with particular emphasis on Insurance and Construction arbitrations. This has included acting in ICC, LCIA, LMAA, ARIAS, DIA, SIAC, and ad hoc arbitrations. Ben has also acted on Arbitration appeals and enforcement actions in different jurisdictions, such as in the BVI. He is also happy to act an Arbitrator.

Selected Cases

Examples of arbitrations he has acted in include:

  • Multiple insurance claims arising out of five significant energy projects being heard in Denmark.
  • Defending a professional indemnity insurance claim arising from various claims against accountants brought by high net individuals.
  • A claim under a D&O Policy connected to the various LIBOR actions arising from the recent financial crash.
  • An arbitration in Singapore dealing with an insurance claim arising from a significant transport network collapse.
  • A series of arbitrations arising from significant commodities transactions and international trade issues.
  • An insurance claim arising from the collapse of a bridge in Russia.
  • A claim under a D&O Policy arising from proceedings in the USA and allegations of multi-billion tax fraud in Russia.
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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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