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Quentin Cregan


Year of call: Australia 2003/ UK 2013

Quentin has acted as counsel in large-scale commercial litigation, with experience in intellectual property (particularly IT/ mobile-related patent claims, copyright and confidential information), software deployment/technology disputes, and corporate/hedge fund trading (incl. trading software) matters.

Quentin is presently completing a D.Phil in law at Oxford on the topic of Intellectual Property Enforcement. Whilst at Oxford, Quentin tutored in both contract law and intellectual property. Quentin further holds a Masters of Science (M.Sc) from the University of Oxford, and two law degrees from the University of Queensland (LLB(Hons), M.Phil).

Since joining chambers in 2014, Quentin has worked in patent, copyright, trade mark/comparative advertising, confidential information, competition, and contractual disputes and continues to develop a practice in line with Chambers’ profile.

Prior to 2003, Quentin worked as a software developer and systems/network security administrator in the US (Silicon Valley and New York), and other countries, and remains active with directorships of start-up companies.


Areas of Practice

  •  Breach of confidence
  •  Broadcasting
  •  Copyright
  •  Corporate shareholder & board disputes
  •  Data protection and privacy
  •  Database rights
  •  Internet content & ISP disputes
  •  Information Technology & Outsourcing Disputes 
  •  Offshore Litigation (Private Client, Trust, Hedge/Investment Fund, Corporate)
  •  Passing off
  •  Patents
  •  Telecommunications
  •  Trade marks
  •  Trusts

Quentin’s technical experience includes system and network security, systems management, software design/implementation and support for systems hosting 100,000+ software developers in *nix (incl. legacy Irix, Tru64)/Linux, *BSD, and Windows environments. His programming experience includes C, Java, Perl, Pascal, Python, PHP, and related SQL aspects.

Sample of Current Instructions

ITV v. TVCatchup (Court of Justice of the European Union - 2016)
Quentin is further instructed (with James Mellor QC) in relation to proceedings on behalf of ITV & other broadcasters in the Court of Justice of the European Union relating to broadcasts of public television across the Internet.

Patentee v. Licensed Organisation (High Court – Chancery - 2016)
Acting in a contractual dispute regarding pharma patent royalty triggers in licensing agreements for novel pharmaceuticals.

Individual v. Foreign Government (High Court – IPEC - 2016) [copyright, contract, performers rights]
Acting on behalf of a foreign government in relation to claims regarding copyright and performance rights.

Software Development House v. Former Contractor (High Court – Chancery - 2016) [copyright, contract, confidential information]
Currently instructed by a software development house in relation to a complex computer software claims (including cross-language translation claims) against a former developer.

Samples of Cases

Nekoti v Unvilla (T/A Consol) [2016] EWHC 556 (Ch)
Recently appeared in the High Court on behalf of a network of beauty & sun-tanning salons in relation to copyright and contractual claims made against them by a software development company. Successful in having the case against his clients dismissed with indemnity costs.

TUI UK Ltd v. GuestLogix Inc (2015 - High Court – Technology & Construction Court)
Acted in relation to IT/computer software disputes arising out of a customer management and payment systems deployment by a Canadian technology company.

Good Technology (now Blackberry) v. MobileIron & Airwatch (2015 – Patents Court)
Acted (with Andrew Lykiardopolous QC and Tom Moody-Stuart QC) on behalf of Claimant Good Technology/Blackberry in relation to patent claims over mobile phone / mobile security technology.

ITV & Ors v. TV Catchup [2015] EWCA Civ 2014 (Court of Appeal)
Appeared in the Court of Appeal with James Mellor QC for ITV and other broadcast parties in a case regarding copyright implications of re-transmission of broadcaster content on the Internet.

Re: Queensland Health Payroll System Commission of Inquiry (2013)
Throughout most of 2013, Quentin was in Australia appearing and acting as counsel to IBM in the long-running Queensland Health Payroll System Commission of Inquiry before the Hon. Richard Chesterman AO RFD QC dealing with one of the largest ever IT and procurement disputes in Australia with estimates of losses in the region of £600million.

Lady Henrietta St. George et al v. Sir Jack Hayward et al
Acted in the long-running dispute between two family groups and related entities. Disputes arose as to the size of effective ownership of various companies (relating to trust and shareholding issues), management participation and engagement agreements with third parties regarding effective control of the second largest city in the Bahamas (Freeport). Satellite litigation in Cayman Islands, Bahamas, London and arbitration in the ICC.

Re: Investment Fund
Also acted on behalf of an investment fund regarding ongoing global disputes relating to asset placements, dealing with Mareva-style relief in a number of jurisdictions seeking restraints of hundreds of £millions.

Re: Bre-X (in liq). v. Felderhof
Acting for and advising in relation to matters where approximately US$3bn had been ordered restrained under a Mareva pending litigation arising from the Bre-X mining collapse in Canada. (Approximately CAD$6bn collapse).

Re: Attorney-General for the Cayman Islands

Acted for, appeared on behalf of and advised the Attorney General in relation to commercial matters in which the Attorney-General had been joined.

General Advisory

Quentin has extensive experience in commercial and chancery advisory work, including all fields of intellectual property, broadcast licensing, online gambling licensing, construction and development disputes, corporate shareholder, director and hedge fund/investment manager disputes.

Additional Information


University of Oxford
Master of Science (M.Sc)
Doctor of Philosophy (Law) (D.Phil) – In progress 

University of Queensland
Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) (B.Sc. (Comp. Sci))
Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons))
Master of Philosophy (Law) (Research Dissertation: Legal Ramifications of Information System and Data Security Compromise).


2003 – Call to Bar of the Supreme Court of Queensland; High Court of Australia.
2006 – Call to Bar of the Cayman Islands.
2013 – Call to Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn).


Cregan, Q (2012) ‘Regulation by Contract’ Study & Presentation on online contract service terms commissioned Nominet for the Annual UK Internet Policy Forum (22 March 2012). (http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/57386_Regulation-by-Contract-OII.pdf)

Panellist/Speaker, Oxford Property Law Discussion Group with Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group: ‘Does it matter whether intellectual property is really property?’ (24 May 2011).

Cregan, Q. (2011) ‘Roving injunctions and John Doe orders against unidentifiable defendants in IP infringement proceedings’ Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 6(9): 623-631.

Cregan, Q. (2010) ‘Digital knock-offs, ceded sovereignty and international law: the repercussions of SAS Institute Inc. v. World Programming Ltd’ Oxford Intellectual Property Discussion Group: Presentation & case note.

Cregan, Q. (2010) ‘Mapping and Measuring Cybercrime’ accepted paper for Oxford Internet Institute Cybercrime Forum, January 2010.

Cregan, Q. (2005) ‘Sources of Evidence – Pre-trial discovery of parties, third-party disclosure of electronic material’ paper and presentation to the Queensland Bar Association.

Cregan, Q. (2003) ‘Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime’ accepted paper and presentation to the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) national conference (October 2003).

Cregan, Q. (2001-2002) Linux Magazine (13 monthly articles on technical matters).


Oxford Intellectual Property Moot Coach for University of Oxford 2011, 2012.
PADI Accredited Dive Master.
Languages: French (conversational).


Recent Activity

» Nekoti Limited -and- Univilla Limited t/a Consol [2016] EWHC 556 (Ch)
» ITV v TVCatchup [2015] EWCA Civ 204