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Beale & Co

Work 020 7469 0400
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Bristol, Dubai, Dublin, London

Joanna Lewis

Work 020 7469 0444
Beale & Co

Work Department

Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure; Health, Safety and Environment; Insurance; Professional Liability


Jo is a partner in the construction and engineering and professional indemnity departments.

Jo has extensive experience in advising professionals in the construction industry having represented engineers, architects, quantity surveyors and project managers and their professional indemnity insurers. She has advised in both small and high value complex litigation in the TCC as well as mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Jo specialises in adjudication both in bringing high value fee claim adjudications and defending professional negligence adjudications including a multi million pound double adjudication arising out of a high profile PFI project.

Jo also advises clients in relation to health and safety and regulatory law. She advises on all aspects of an investigation and/or prosecution including what to do after an accident, coroners’ inquests, regulatory offences, sentencing and insurance cover. Jo successfully advised on the acquittal of a corporate manslaughter prosecution in the crown court against an engineer.

In recent years Jo has been involved in a number of claims against surveyors, both residential valuation claims and missed defect claims. Jo is currently involved in an initiative to stream line the method of dealing with and resolving claims against surveyors and working in conjunction with surveyors, RICS, brokers, insurers and lenders to achieve this.

Jo has also advised solicitors, insurance brokers, IFAs and their professional indemnity insurers in defendant actions. She has advised in particular in large high profile multi party claims from the Financial Compensation Scheme defending independent financial advisors and in bringing a claim by multiple claimants in regard to complicated financial pension advice against various financial institutions and IFAs.

Jo also regularly advised insurers on all aspects of professional liability policy coverage.


Partner in Beale & Company - 2018


Member of the National Society of Women in Construction.


Exeter University BA History (Hons)
College of law, London CPE and LPC

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Beale & Co 'has a growing presence in the health and safety arena' with 'solid commercial advice and a team that is always approachable'. Key individuals include practice leader Sheena Sood, who is 'tactically astute', and associate Joanna Lewis, who is 'very reliable'. The team is notably experienced in incidents arising out of construction projects; clients include Peter Lind & Company, WYG Group, Ramboll Group, the Building Engineering Services Association and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Beale & Co 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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