Quentin qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and subsequently he has spent his entire career in top quality City of London law firms. Quentin heads the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, handling all kinds of dispute from debt collections to multi-million dollar matters and is also head of the Superyacht Group. Quentin is an expert in yacht contract work and other commercial contract work. Quentin is able to bring his considerable depth and breadth of experience to bear on matters to help resolve problems and settle complex contracts quickly and cost effectively.
Quentin was a partner for over 14 years in Simmons & Simmons, one of London’s premier law firms, where he was Head of the International Trade and Shipping Group and a member of the Litigation Department and Arbitration Groups, handling complex matters for clients based around the world. He also developed specialised skills in superyacht / megayacht contracts and disputes as well as commercial shipping and trade.
In 2004, Quentin fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he set up his own law firm, Quentin Bargate & Co. In 2006, he was joined by his old friend and former colleague, Andrew Murray, and the firm changed its name to Bargate Murray. The firm has since enjoyed rapid expansion.Quentin is an advocate for alternative dispute resolution (ADR), but he also deals with cases in court when required. He occasionally sits as an arbitrator.
Quentin holds a Master’s degree in Marine law, is a member of the LMAA, a Member of the Nautical Insititute, a member of the IOD and a Freeman of the City of London.
His other interests include photography (Elsevier has published a technical book. “Microstock Photography” written by Quentin under his “Douglas Freer” pen name on stock photography), music and his family.
Litigation Law Practice:
Using our considerable experience in handling complex cases, we seek to avoid time-consuming and expensive court action, whether via an early financial settlement between parties, or through a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as mediation.
Where litigation appears inevitable, however, we will approach the matter with you in a way that is sensitive, cost-aware and time-efficient.
We use sophisticated document management software to assist in managing document intensive cases. This helps us both to reduce costs and more efficently identify issues and the documents relevant to those issues.
Our work extends across all levels of the court system. We can assist you with the following:
Injunctions and other urgent action • Company and shareholder disputes • Contract disputes • Trade, insurance and shipping disputes • Property disputes • International cross-border litigation • Defamation and libel • Banking and financial litigation • Employment disputes • Debt collection