‘He seems very driven and committed with a pragmatic mind.’ Legal 500 2019
‘He is down-to-earth and has a very nice attitude with clients.’ Chambers UK 2019
‘He is very considered, thoughtful and detailed.’ Chambers UK 2019
Quintin practises across a range of chambers’ specialisms with a particular focus on personal injury, clinical negligence, and insurance related matters. He undertakes work for both claimants and defendants in claims involving the liability of occupiers, employers and public bodies, and he has a successful catastrophic injury practice. In insurance matters he has advised on coverage, and he has a wealth of experience in high value work with a particular focus on property damage.
In addition, he has experience of a wide range of professional liability cases and has acted for surgeons, physicians, nurses, opticians, physiotherapists, solicitors and IFAs. Prior to joining 39 Essex Chambers, Quintin worked as a Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and combines effective legal analysis with commercial realities.
Quintin has extensive experience in high value clinical negligence matters (including matters for opticians), and has acted in cases involving abdominoplasties, orthopaedic operations, alleged missed diagnoses, lack of informed consent and systemic hospital failure. He is instructed by leading clinical negligence firms, including DAC Beachcroft, BLM, Hill Dickinsons, Irwin Mitchell, Slater & Gordon, Capsticks, Hempsons, and Weightmans. Quintin has, by way of example, acted in the following recent claims:
Quintin has considerable experience in personal injury and has acted in a broad range of cases. He has successfully pursued and defended claims against employers, highway agencies and other bodies, and is experienced with significant claims where extensive quantum calculations are required.
Quintin has experience in claims involving a multiplicity of issues and breaches of statutory duties:
Quintin has acted in a large number of claims involving occupiers, limited companies and public bodies, including:
Quintin, led by William Norris QC, represented the successful defendant in the case of Buckett v Staffordshire County Council (QBD, November 2014 Lawtel AC0146016) in which it was held that the defendant’s school owed no duty under the OLA 1984 to the catastrophically injured child trespasser who fell through a skylight whilst on a roof. He has recently advised on the potential liability of a homeowner whose guest fell off the unguarded roof (in circumstances when the fact that the roof was unguarded and that it was a high roof must have been obvious to the deceased).
Quintin was privately instructed in an abuse claim by a father who faced an historic claim from his daughter. Quintin was involved in the preparation of this case, including advising on the objection to the claimant relying on psychiatric evidence for the preliminary issue of limitation. The absence of the Claimant having permission to rely on psychiatric evidence was a key factor in the bar of limitation not being lifted pursuant to section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980.
Quintin has developed a significant practice for both defendants and claimants in this niche area and has a number of ongoing cases involving rearing and kicking horses, and allegedly dangerous dogs.
Quintin has a particular interest in this area and has advised and appeared in cases involving complex issues as regards the imputed adoption of certain roads or paths by highway agencies and the extent of any adopted highway, and has appeared in claims involving more straightforward factual matters.
Quintin has experience across the usual breadth of road traffic accidents. This experience has extended to the liability of taxi drivers for the safety of their passengers when alighting from their vehicles, and any potential liability of those drivers for the actions of their passengers.
Quintin has been involved in cases involving all aspects of fraud, including:
Quintin has recently achieved a finding of fraud at trial in Clerkenwell County Court (Traynor v Islington BC) on the basis that the claimant had simply made up her tripping accident. The finding was based on the inconsistent contemporaneous medical records and the inconsistencies elicited in cross-examination.
Quintin’s approach to fraudulent claims is clear – if there is the evidence to do so, then fraud should be pleaded and the claim should be run to trial. Quintin also frequently advises on applications to strike-out claims, and on the merits of contempt of court proceedings.
Quintin has developed a substantial practice in property claims. He has represented many of the large insurers and utility companies in cases involving subsidence, power surges, fires and escapes of gas, water and sewage. He has also acted for individuals in high value property damage claims. Among his more recent cases was the successful defence of a claim against the Crown Estates for a fallen tree which caused significant damage, and a multi-party dispute concerning a fire which destroyed in excess of a million pounds worth of cigarettes.