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Ben Quiney QC

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Practises in all areas of common law and commercial litigation; specialises in commercial and insurance disputes, construction, professional negligence, private international law, and restitution and tracing remedies. Reported cases include: Item Software v Fassihi [2003] 2 BCLC 1 and [2005] 2 BCLC 91 (CA); Re Cooling Equipment Wholesale Ltd [2002] 2 BCLC 74; Mirant Asia-Pacific v Ove Arup [2005] PNLR 10; Margate Theatre Trust v White & ors [2006] Lloyds Rep IR 93; Catlin Estates Ltd v Carter Jonas [2006] PNLR 273; ALE v MSD [2006] EWHC 2080 (TCC); Hart v Larchpark & Fidler [2007] BLR 30 & 160; Bennett (Electrical) Services v Inviron [2007] EWHC 49 (QB); Schmid v Fortmann [2007] All ER (D) 107 (Oct); Crowson Ltd v Concept Ltd [2008] IRLR 288; RBS Invoice Finance Ltd v Karia [2008] All ER (D) 131 (May); Buncefield [2008] EWHC 2218 (Comm); Markel & QBE v SGC & ors [2009] Lloyd’s Rep IR 77 and [2008] EWHC 3087 (Comm) and [2009] EWCA Civ 790; Berryland Books v BK Books & ors [2009] 2 BCLC 709 and in CA [2010] All ER (D) 209 (Dec); Premier Waste Management Ltd v Towers [2010] EWHC 2440 (Ch) & [2012] BCC 72 (CA); Liberty v Campagna 27 Con LJ 275; Cadbury v ADT [2011] BLR 661, [2012] BLR 441(CA), & 145 Con. L.R. 14, Templeton Insurance Ltd v Motorcare Warranties Ltd [2012] All ER (D) 75 (Apr), [2012] EWHC 2309 (QB), & [2013] All ER (D) 32 (Feb) (CA), Bembridge Marine v Allen & ors [2012] EWHC 2213 (TCC) and Rivercove v Euro Rubberlines [2012] EWHC 2593 (TCC). Ben also has expertise and experience in international arbitration.


Called 1998, Gray’s Inn. Before coming to the Bar he did the BCL postgraduate degree, having worked as a tax trainee with Ernst & Young during 1994-95. During this period he received intensive training and experience in accounting, finance and corporate tax matters and techniques. Practised at Crown Office Chambers since its formation, and 1 Paper Buildings before that.


French (basic).


TECBAR; PNBA; COMBAR; London Commercial and Common Law Association.


Birkdale School, Sheffield; University College, Oxford (1994 Law, First Class; 1996 BCL 2(1)); ICSL (1997 BVC).

London Bar

Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersA rare calmness in the face of adversity, which is a massive attribute when dealing with difficult and complex cases.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

Crown Office Chambers is ‘a very good set, which has strength in depth, particularly in insurance’. This can be seen from high-profile cases such as British Gymnastics Association v Perkins Slade, with Ben Quiney QC taking the lead, and complex aggregation dispute Spire Healthcare v Royal Sun Alliance, in which Daniel Shapiro is acting as sole counsel for Spire. The set ‘provides excellent service’ across an insurance practice that spans both construction and property-related insurance claims on the one side, and complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases on the other.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe brilliant at breaking matters down into bite-sized chunks and guiding lay clients through choppy waters as a result.

Within: Professional negligence

Crown Office Chambers is highly regarded for its construction-related professional negligence experience, and is also active across claims involving insurance brokers, IFAs, auditors, lawyers, independent financial advisers, engineers, valuers, quantity surveyors and architects. Acting on both sides, Ben Quiney QC is leading James Sharpe against John Greenbourne in Perry v Raleys, a series of claims arising from the alleged under-settlement of miner’s VWF claims.

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