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Quentin Tannock has a commercial practice, with particular focus on Technology, Intellectual Property, Shipping and Financial Services disputes. Quentin acts and advises in litigations, arbitrations and mediations. He also routinely advises in relation to non-contentious matters. Quentin has extensive experience in remote hearings.

Quentin’s clients range in size from the Fortune 100 through to SMEs. He has a particular interest in disputes which involve IP and the application of software across all industrial sectors. Quentin gives a series of lectures on IP and business to science Masters students at the University of Cambridge.

Quentin is a member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) sub-committee on Remote Hearings. Quentin’s experience in remote hearings includes a seven day remote trial in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

Background

Quentin’s background is in law and business, including commercial arbitration, venture capital investments and the provision of IP related strategy and policy advice to multinational corporations and international organisations. Prior to being called to the Bar in the United Kingdom, Quentin worked as a solicitor, ran an Arbitration Centre in Africa, worked for the University of Cambridge (helping the University manage relationships with major corporations) and was an executive in a USA based Venture Capital company (making and managing VC investments in Europe and the USA). Quentin’s corporate experience includes international M&A, negotiating patent licence agreements and directing software development teams. Having obtained a Masters in Law from the University of Cambridge, Quentin was a visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre, in the Faculty of Law. In addition to corporate experience in the United Kingdom and United States of America, Quentin has experience in China, South Korea, Singapore and South Africa.

Quentin has experience in relation to disputes arising out of IT project failures and IT systems integration issues across several sectors, including utilities and insurance.  His experience includes assisting both suppliers and customers in relation to outsourcing and software licensing disputes. Quentin has also pursued and defended claims relating to misrepresentation and professional negligence in the IT sector. Quentin was recently instructed on behalf of a major international consultancy in relation to termination of contract by a multinational software provider.

Quentin’s IT related corporate experience includes the acquisition and import of software systems and databases (USA to UK), sale of software systems and data (UK to USA), software as a service (SaaS), cloud computing (including AWS hosted services) and mobile app development projects. Quentin has worked on contracts for major software development projects, including collaborative R&D projects and he has helped negotiate terms for private and public sector funding of IT related collaborative R&D programmes.

Featured Technology cases


Advising in relation to breach of software licenses by a major telecoms multi-national in a £1M+ dispute.


Advising on the merits of a claim of software copyright infringement by Russian software developers in relation to software produced by a well-known multinational.


Advising an ISP in relation to managing potential litigation risks arising from hosted content.


Acting for an insurer in a dispute with a bespoke software solution provider.


Advising in relation to a £2M+ contractual dispute between a global telecoms provider and a multi-national software provider.


Advising a major international insurer and reinsurer in relation to GDPR and data protection legislation compliance.


Acting for a multi-national software provider in relation to an over-deployment dispute with a public sector organisation.


Acting in relation to a EUR 15M+ breach of warranty dispute following the acquisition of a software development company.

Quentin’s Intellectual Property (‘IP’) experience includes assisting clients resolve disputes over the ownership, exploitation and infringement of intellectual property rights across a range of industry sectors including IT, financial services, insurance, logistics and consumer services.  His experience spans patent in- and out- licensing agreements for companies, investors and universities, non-compete undertakings, reverse engineering and software licence, design right and copyright disputes, as well as advising in relation to trademark infringements, passing off and misuse of confidential information.

Quentin gives a series of lectures on IP and business to science Masters students at the University of Cambridge. He has also written and co-authored articles for Nature Materials, Nanoscale and other leading materials science publications.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Quentin’s IP related work included offering strategy and policy advice to some of the world’s largest companies and international organisations across a range of sectors including Energy, Health, ICT and Nanotechnology. Past major corporate clients include GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. He has also provided services to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), European Patent Office (EPO) and other international and governmental organisations. Whilst working for the University of Cambridge, Quentin was a member of the Lambert Working Group on Intellectual Property, tasked by the UK government with drafting model contracts for industry-university R&D collaborations.

Quentin has co-authored patents, registered trademarks and negotiated the purchase and sale of software, patent and trademark assets (UK to USA).

Featured Intellectual Property cases


Advising in relation to software copyright infringement by Russian software developers of software produced by a well-known multinational.


Advising an ISP in relation to managing potential litigation risks arising from hosted content.


Securing injunctions in the High Court protecting a client’s IP and confidential information in a £1M+ dispute.


Assisting clients resolve various trademark, copyright and design right infringement claims.


Advising in relation to breach of copyright and IP licences in a £2M+ dispute.

Quentin’s recent instructions have included disputes involving exclusion of liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and the application of consumer protection legislation. Quentin has also recently advised in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) in relation to a party invoking a force majeure clause in a services contract governed by English law.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Quentin was a visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre in the University’s Faculty of Law, with a research focus on international commercial arbitration. Early in his career, Quentin ran an Arbitration Centre in Africa and lectured Arbitration and Mediation to final year law students.  Quentin’s business experience includes venture capital investments and international M&A. His relevant experience includes avoiding and resolving disputes arising out of confidentiality and non-compete undertakings, employee contracts and shareholder agreements including the application of bad leaver provisions.

Featured Commercial Litigation & Arbitration cases


Acting in a EUR 15M+ breach of warranty dispute following the acquisition of a software development company.


Acting in a £1.5M dispute concerning alleged repudiatory breach of contract


Acting in an arbitration arising out of an explosion on a tanker.


Acting in an ICC arbitration, representing a Chinese based exporter in a contractual dispute with a UK based distributor.


Acting in an arbitration between a Polish manufacturer and their UK distributor.


Advising in relation to a dispute between an investment advisor and a customer concerning allegedly negligent advice.


Advising in relation to a dispute between shareholders in a major property investment company.


Acting for the petitioner in an unfair prejudice petition.

Quentin has experience in a range of shipping matters including in relation to collisions and apportionment of liability, hull mould manufacture and storage, demurrage claims, the purchase of a ‘super yacht’ and a range of passenger transport related matters, including a coroner’s inquest and claims arising from a refusal to board passengers.  Quentin has also assisted in relation to a major dispute concerning the rectification of terms of a bill of lading and the construction of a related letter of indemnity.

Quentin was invited to review and update the most recent Lexis ‘PSL Commercial’ content concerning international and domestic carriage of goods by sea, land and air. Quentin’s updates covered numerous topics including: transport and title documents in international carriage of goods, bailment, exclusion of liability, bills of lading and sea waybills, the Hague-Visby Rules and charterparties including voyage charters (Gencon 94, Intertankvoy 76 and Shellvoy 6), time charters (NYPE 93, Baltime 1939 (2001 revision) and Shelltime 4) and bareboat charters (Barecon 2001) together with the incorporation of charterparty terms to bills of lading.

Quentin has, also, been invited to author Lexis PSL Commercial content on bailment.  Quentin’s extensive Practice Note gives a working definition of bailment, discusses modern commercial bailment in numerous industry sectors and provides practical advice and pleading tips.

Featured Shipping cases


Acting in an arbitration arising out of an explosion on board a tanker.


Acting in an arbitration arising out of a fatal accident at sea.


Acting in a dispute arising out of defective maintenance work on a vessel.


Advising in relation to bills of lading and letters of indemnity.

Quentin has experience in a wide range of construction disputes, advising and representing clients in litigation, adjudication and expert determination proceedings.  Quentin’s construction experience spans contractual and tortious disputes, acting for employers, main contractors and sub-contractors in relation to both standard form contracts and bespoke arrangements. His construction experience includes defending claims for delay and disruption, pursuing and defending claims of professional negligence against architects and surveyors and bringing and defending adjudications (including adjudications over the ‘true value’ of payment applications and engaging the provisions of the Scheme for Construction Contracts (England and Wales) Regulations 1998). Quentin has additionally defended several charges of unacceptable professional conduct and serious professional incompetence before the Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) Professional Conduct Committee (“PCC”).

Quentin’s recent instructions range from small domestic housing projects to assisting with railway construction disputes. He has experience in relation to disputes over delay and disruption, Extension of Time (EOT) and valuation of preliminaries, the provisions of the ICC (Infrastructure Conditions of Contract) Design and Construct terms, heave and subsidence, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and latent defects. Quentin is also familiar with professional negligence claims against surveyors and design professionals.

 

Quentin has experience in Venture Capital investments, start-up financing, M&A transactions and in financial services more broadly. His experience includes advising in relation to confidentiality agreements, non-compete undertakings and disputes arising out of employee contracts and shareholder agreements (including ‘drag-along/tag-along’ and ‘good/bad leaver’ provisions). He recently assisted in a major dispute in Guernsey between a hedge fund and its investors and in a separate dispute concerning alleged fraudulent misrepresentations. He has also advised and drafted pleadings in several disputes concerning breaches of fiduciary duties.

Featured Financial Services, Private Equity and Venture Capital cases


Acting in a dispute between a Guernsey based hedge fund and its investors.


Acting in a dispute between investors and an investee company concerning alleged fraudulent misrepresentations.


Advising in relation to a dispute between an investment advisor and a customer concerning allegedly negligent advice.


Securing an injunction preventing the transfer of shares pending resolution of a wider shareholder dispute.


Advising and acting in a dispute over good/bad leaver provisions in a shareholders’ agreement.


Acting in relation to a EUR 15M+ breach of warranty dispute following the acquisition of a software development company.

Quentin’s practice includes advisory work and regular appearances in civil court hearings, disciplinary tribunal proceedings and corporate criminal matters.  Quentin also has experience acting and advising in relation to arbitrations, adjudications, mediations and expert determinations.

Quentin is instructed to appear in a range of commercial matters including trials and applications hearings for injunctions, strike out and summary judgement. Quentin’s recent experience includes successfully securing an urgent injunction in the High Court, restraining breach of contract by a major multinational corporation. His recent work spans the electric vehicles, online gaming, logistics, telecoms, insurance and financial services sectors.

Quentin has experience in disciplinary tribunal hearings. His recent work includes instructions in relation to proceedings of the Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) Professional Conduct Committee (“PCC”), defending several charges of unacceptable professional conduct and serious professional incompetence.

Quentin also has experience in criminal proceedings brought against corporate clients. His recent instructions include representing a FTSE 100 corporation in relation to numerous, summary only, criminal charges attracting potentially unlimited fines.

Quentin has extensive experience in relation to confidentiality, privacy and personal data issues. His recent instructions include, for example, advising a major international insurance company in relation to a series of data protection agreements with their insurance, reinsurance, broker and supplier counterparts. Part of this work included advising in relation to compliance with the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, together with risk mitigation strategies. Quentin has, also, acted for a major bank resisting claims brought alleging breaches of data protection legislation.

Quentin has advised in relation to force majeure contractual clauses in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, under English law.  Among other matters, Quentin’s advice considered causation, contractual notice requirements and mitigation.

Other Featured Cases

Acting in relation to an Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) disciplinary tribunal hearing.

Acting for a petitioner in an unfair prejudice petition brought under s.994 of the Companies Act 2006.

Acting and advising as sole counsel in a £1.5M expert determination

Advising an international insurance and reinsurance company in relation to data protection agreements under the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.

Acting for a major bank resisting claims alleging breaches of data protection legislation.

Advising in relation to force majeure clauses under English law in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Instruct Quentin

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  • Author of Lexis ‘PSL Commercial’ Bailment Practice Note (2017-2019)
  • Contributing author to Lexis ‘PSL Commercial’ Practice Note on international and domestic carriage of goods by sea, land and air (2016-2019)
  • Science and technology roadmap for graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems. Nanoscale, Volume 7, Pages 4598-4810 (2015)
  • Intellectual Property and its Role in the Generation and Diffusion of Green Technologies. World Trade Organisation (WTO) Presentation (2014)
  • Exploiting Carbon Flatland. Tannock, Q. Nature Materials, Volume 11, pages 2–5 (2012)
  • Climate Change Innovation and Partnership Models. World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Presentation (2011)
  • COMBAR
  • IPSOC
  • TECBAR
  • SCL (Society for Computers & Law)
  • SCL (Society of Construction Law)
  • LLM (Cantab)
  • LLB (Hons)

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