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Ben Quiney QC

Call 1998 • QC 2014

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

Property Damage

Ben undertakes all areas of property damage work. He deals with coverage, recoveries and defences. Ben has extensive experience of very large fire claims and disaster litigation. He has been involved in the TCC and Commercial Court multi-million pound litigation arising from major fires.

In the latest edition of Chambers and Partners he is identified as a Leading QC.

Selected Cases

  • Boots v Schneider – Ben acted for Schneider, manufacturer of a component that is alleged to have caused an electrical fire. The fire is alleged to have caused £20m of damage (Zelle).
  • 2 Entertain v Sony [2020] EWHC 972 (TCC) – Ben is acting for Sony in defending a multi-million pound bailment claim arising from an arson during the London Riots 2011. The case raises various interesting issues ranging from the effect of limitation and force majeure clauses to the liability of warehousemen/bailment to causation and quantification (DACBeachcroft).
  • Howmet v EDL & ECS 157 Con. L.R. 1 & [2016] B.L.R. 555, Ben acted for a factory owner in a recovery action resulting from a serious fire that caused £20+m losses arising from an alleged failure of fail safe devices. This case dealt with significant arguments relating to scope of duty, causation and novus actus (RPC).
  • Cadbury v ADT [2011] BLR 661, [2012] BLR 441 & 145 Con. L.R. 147, Ben acted for the Claimants against Defendant engineers in this £100m+ recovery action involving the destruction by fire of a large popcorn factory in Pontefract, arising from the installation and operation of a CO2 fire suppression system. This case was one of the Lawyers top 20 cases of 2011 (DAC Beachcroft).
  • NGS v Covea & Riverdale – Ben is acting for an Insured in a claim arising from a Fire at a Salt Manufacturing plant. It involves complex issues as to the cause of the fire, coverage and professional negligence (Rustem Guardian).
  • Breckland Lodge v Breckland Rooking & Tokio Marine – Ben is acting for the Defendant roofers facing a significant claim arising from hot works undertaken on a hotel roof. Issues of work methods, coverage and quantification are central to the case (Spire).
  • National Trust v TFT and Cuffe – Ben is acting for the Defendant contractor in this case that arises from a serious fire at Clandon House, which is a historic building. The serious fire caused losses claimed to be worth many millions. The case raises complex issues of limitation, duties of care, and quantification (DACBeachcroft)
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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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