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Ben Quiney QC

Call 1998 • QC 2014

"clever, practical and easy to work with."
(Legal 500 2016)

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 – 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 majeure clause to liability of warehousemen to causation and quantification (DAC Beachcroft)
  • 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).
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Qualifications


  • Birkdale School, Sheffield.
  • University College, Oxford. BA (Hons) in Law – First Class.
  • Tax Trainee with Ernst & Young
  • University College, Oxford. BCL.
  • Admitted to Gray’s Inn. Awarded the Lord Birkenhead Scholarship.
  • Inns of Court School of Law.
  • Called to the Bar.
  • Tenant at Crown Office Chambers (previously One Paper Buildings).
  • 2014 Appointed QC
  • 2017 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; insurance claims; fire and disaster claims; bonds & guarantees; expert evidence; conflicts of interest; privilege and the law of evidence; damages; the new Companies Act 2006; directors’ duties; interim commercial remedies; restrictive covenants; and the Law Commission reform of Insurance Law.

Memberships


  • COMBAR
  • LCLCBA
  • TECBAR
  • PNBA

Recommendations


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

Legal 500 2017

“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

“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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