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Beale & Co

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Bristol, Dubai, Dublin, London

Antony Smith

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Beale & Co

Work Department

Construction, health and safety, professional negligence, insurance.


Antony is well known and widely recognised in the construction and insurance scene. His clients include professionals, contractors and insurers. He specialises in disputes arising out of construction contracts and leads large-scale and large-value disputes, and also has a practice in health and safety, having defended clients in health and safety prosecutions and advised them on site health and safety responsibilities. Antony’s practice covers all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitrations, adjudications and mediations in the UK and abroad. His overseas experience includes advising on claims in Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, the Republic of Guinea, Middle East regions and, in the successful defence of a US $80m claim for delay and disruption arising out of the construction of a power station in the Philippines. His notable UK engagements include high-profile litigation arising out of the Cambridge Guided Busway, Clissold Leisure Centre, the Millenium Bridge and the train tunnel collapse at Gerrards Cross. Antony is a regular speaker on dispute resolution and contributes regularly to journals on construction and professional negligence issues as well as health and safety law


Admitted England and Wales 1983, Ireland 2002; partner in Beale & Company 1985 to date.


The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.


Liverpool University (LLB).


Family, rugby and triathlon.

London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Antony Smith - Beale & Company Solicitors LLP

Within: Professional negligence

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP is a ‘leading specialist firm’ with a ‘fantastic reputation for construction sector cases’. It is also active across legal and financial sector professional negligence disputes. Aviva Insurance UK, RSA, Kier Group and Chubb are clients. Stephen Reilly, who ‘understands the important issues at stake early in the process’, represented ERC Accountants & Business Advisers and its insurer in a £1.5m professional negligence claim arising out of alleged negligent financial advice relating to tax mitigating schemes. Practice head Antony Smith is a ‘real star in this field’ and is ‘extremely knowledgeable, tactically astute, and has excellent judgement’. Damian McPhun, who is noted for his experience in financial sector disputes, ‘cuts to the important issues, has a great bedside manner, and gives clear and concise advice’. Construction insurance group head Ian Masser is ‘commercially savvy and gives sensible advice’. Nathan Modell, Sheena Sood, who ‘brings huge energy, strategic awareness and dedication to her cases’, and associates Joanna Lewis, who ‘really gets to grips with the factual and technical issues’, and Kristina Vongas are also recommended. Ed Anderson has joined Browne Jacobson LLP.

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London: Real estate


Within: Construction

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP is a specialist international construction practice with a good reputation for advising the supplier side of the industry. Sheena Sood heads the team, with clients including Arup Group Limited; Association for Consultancy and Engineering; Mott MacDonald; Colas; NIRAS; Aecom; WSP; BAM Nuttall; WYG; and Atkins. Will Buckby and Antony Smith are also key contacts. Recent work involved representing contractors on large-scale, complex matters within the infrastructure and power sectors. Michael Salau, the ‘calm, sensible and unruffledKeith Lonsdale  and ‘technically strong’ associate  Chris Bates joined the team in December 2018 from BLM.

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