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Quentin Bargate

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Quentin is the Founder and CEO of Bargate Murray, an award-winning Luxury Asset Law firm based in the city of London. Like the firm that bears his name, he enjoys an excellent reputation in superyacht, aviation, maritime and commercial law.

Quentin advises on all aspects of the acquisition and disposal of luxury assets, including ownership structuring and taxation. He specialises in advising UHNW clients, family offices, yacht managers, and other professionals about everything to do with superyachts, including new build construction contracts, operational and regulatory matters, sale and purchase contracts, insurance, taxation, management agreements and seafarer employment agreements. In recognition of the breadth and depth of his experience, he was asked to join the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands Shipowners Advisory Counsel (CISAC-YC) to assist in shaping the maritime policies of this key yachting jurisdiction. He inspires considerable loyalty amongst his clients, with many having retained Quentin’s services for over 20 years.

As well as his work with superyachts and aviation, Quentin also advises on other luxury asset classes such as fine art and classic cars.

Quentin also handles more general commercial shipping matters. Another key area of focus is dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. In his career Quentin has handled heavyweight banking, insurance and commercial dispute resolution work and he sits as a maritime arbitrator under London Maritime Arbitration Association rules.


Quentin was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 1981. Prior to founding Bargate Murray in 2004, Quentin was Partner and Head of the International Trade and Shipping group at Simmons & Simmons (1990 – 2004). Prior to his time at Simmons & Simmons, Quentin was an Associate at Lovell White & King (now Hogan Lovells) (1983 – 1987).

Professional Memberships

Quentin is actively involved in the industry and is a member of several organisations. He is a member of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands Shipowners Advisory Counsel (Yachts) (CISAC-YC). He is a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrator’s Association (LMAA), a member of the Nautical Institute (MNI), a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), a member of the Baltic Exchange, a member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club and a Freeman of the City of London.


Quentin regularly comments and writes for the national, legal and trade press concerning superyachts and marine law. A few recent examples include:

•“Attorney-Client privilege must be reclaimed in the UK” published in Law360

•“Superyachts are great, but we need to keep it real” published in SuperyachtNews

•“Keep informed on confidentiality” published in the FTAdviser

•“Superyachts don’t automatically mean supervillains” published in The Times

In April 2008, Quentin published technical best-seller, "Microstock Photography", under his pen name, Douglas Freer.


Quentin read law at Middlesex (1974-1977) and holds a Masters in Marine Law and Policy, Cardiff (1983).

As an experienced litigator and arbitrator, Quentin has his own arbitration website – – and Bargate Murray continues to handle complex and novel cases, mainly but not exclusively, in the maritime and superyacht sphere.

Other interests include photography, and Quentin is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.