Firm Profile > Beale & Co > London, England

Beale & Co

Professional negligence Tier 2

Beale & Co is noted for its experience in defending claims against construction professionals, including engineers, architects, contractors, surveyors, valuers and project managers. It is also involved in negligence cases involving accountants, actuaries, auditors, lawyers, brokers, financial institutions, trustees and financial advisers, and the team takes a 'collaborative approach'. The team's specialist construction practice has been bolstered by several new arrivals in recent months; a team, including Michael Salau and Keith Lonsdale, joined from BLM, and Peter Sewell and Eileen Pathiraja joined from DWF. It is instructed by a number of professional negligence insurers and brokers’ insurance schemes, and the team acts for the majority of the leading construction consultants;  it is 'fully up to speed with the issues affecting clients and insurers, and communicates in an informed manner, which helps all the team working to resolve each dispute'. Firm chairman Antony Smith 'has his finger on the pulse of the firm and the market place that all of his clients operate in; he is incredibly knowledgeable, with a flair for creative thinking'.

Practice head(s):

Antony Smith; Sheena Sood; Damian McPhun; Stephen Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Keith Lonsdale; Michael Salau; Ian Masser; Nathan Modell; Joanna Lewis; Kristina Vongas; Stephen Jones; Andrew Jones; Chris Bates


Ian Masser is pragmatic and sensible both legally and commercially.

Sheena Sood has extensive experience and knowledge of the industry which means she really understands issues and provides useful, pragmatic advice.

Joanna Lewis is able to very quickly understand complex technical principles and is able to identify and recall very precise details within the context of a great deal of information.

The firm’s approach to defending professional indemnity disputes is first-class.

Key clients

Aviva Insurance UK

RSA Insurance Group

Arup Group

Jacobs UK

AmTrust Europe

Hardy Underwriting Asia Pte Ltd (CNA Hardy)

Kier Group

Chubb Insurance


Channel Syndicate and Hamilton Syndicate

Construction: contentious Tier 3

At construction specialist firm Beale & Co, the contentious team works with a range of clients including contractors in the infrastructure and power sectors. The team is led by Sheena Sood, who has experience advising contractors, engineers, architects and health and safety professionals. on domestic and international matters. Another key name in the team is Antony Smith, who specialises in disputes arising from construction contracts, while Michael Salau, Keith Lonsdale and James Vernon are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sheena Sood


‘Great communication and explanation.’

‘Very good legal knowledge and anticipation of events.’

‘Good contacts for further legal advice and good in house depth of knowledge.’

‘Jade Harvey and James Vernon went out of their way to ensure we understood the best legal routes and gave good advice on possible outcomes. Both displayed good knowledge.’

Key clients


Mott McDonald




Contruction: non-contentious Tier 4

The contracts and projects advisory team at Beale & Co is led by Will Buckby, who advises consultants, contractors and employers in the UK and abroad, especially in the Middle East and Africa. Senior associate Samantha Jonsson specialises in non-contentious construction and infrastructure matters in the UK and Dubai. Her focus is on drafting contracts, development agreements and collateral warranties. Senior associate Andrew Croft, who advises developers, specialist contractors and interior designers, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Will Buckby

Other key lawyers:


‘Specific relevant knowledge of our industry.’

‘Level of response is excellent. The team are all very personable.’

Key clients


Health and safety Tier 4

Construction specialist firm Beale & Co regularly handles corporate and gross negligence manslaughter cases, while also advising on fire safety and environmental regulations. Sheena Sood is one of two practice heads and advises on construction-related investigations and prosecutions. She works with co-head Joanna Lewis, who is often instructed on inquests relating to serious injuries and fatalities.

Practice head(s):

Sheena Sood; Joanna Lewis


‘Joanna Lewis is extremely professional, knowledgeable, polite, patient and proficient.’

‘Sheena Sood is pragmatic and has a very good knowledge of health and safety law.’

‘The team has a growing expertise in this area, and now take on some high-profile cases.’

‘Beale & Company have a very strong background as construction specialists which helps them to understand and cut through the technical issues much more quickly than general practitioners might. They have a thorough understanding of  industry practice which enables them to give clear advice in often difficult circumstances.’

‘Sheena Sood has extensive knowledge of HSE law and practice and is adept to handling sensitive issues. She understands the urgency of matters, builds a good rapport with the client and provides sensible, pragmatic and considered advice.’

‘Jo Lewis is an excellent health and safety specialist for construction matters. She has a thorough appreciation of technical/legal issues and a first rate client manner.’

Key clients

Peter Lind & Company (Central Region) Limited

AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Ltd

EM Highway Services Limited

Mouchel Limited – now part of WSP Parson Brinkerhoff

Hastingwood Securities Ltd.

WYG Group Limited

Association for Consultancy and Engineering

Ramboll Group

Building Engineering Services Association

Arup Group Ltd

Professional negligence Tier 3

Beale & Co defends insurers of solicitors, brokers, accountants and surveyors, as well as construction and banking professionals against claims related to professional negligence. This includes claims arising from the negligent wording of policy issues, insufficient tax advice, negligent construction planning and the ill-handling of investment and property transactions. Practice head Joe Eizenberg also assists with the resolution of claims disputes through arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Joe Eizenberg

Key clients



Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

AmTrust Europe

Aspen Risk Management




Tokio Marine HCCI



First title

The Beale & Company ethos is to deliver commercial and cost-effective legal advice with a commitment to putting the needs of clients first – at every stage.

The firm: Beale & Company has a first-class reputation for advising on complex and technical matters in the fields of construction, engineering and infrastructure, insurance, the professions and technology. It has a firm grounding in London, Bristol, Ireland and Dubai. Its dynamic approach to business, coupled with a sense of togetherness and integrity, is valued by its clients and staff alike.

Types of work undertaken: Professional negligence: a core part of the firm’s insurance practice is its specialist teams acting on claims involving all professions. Experienced in handling complex and high-value claims, as well as more straightforward and cost-sensitive matters, the teams advise a spectrum of national and international insurers and insureds including construction professionals, solicitors, accountants and IFAs.

Insurance: as an integral part of the firm’s work, specialists provide advice on matters arising regarding D&O, financial institutions, property and casualty, product, cyber, education and EL/PL risks, in respect of claims (including claims handling and delegated authority schemes), coverage advice and policy wording.

Construction and projects: having been active in the sector for over 50 years, the firm acts for some of the foremost companies, providing specialist advice in the UK and throughout the world. Its non-contentious work includes advising on projects, from inception to completion, to guarantees and other security documentation. The firm has extensive dispute resolution experience handling large, high-value, technical cases effectively. UK and Irish work includes advising on and conducting arbitration, litigation, adjudication and mediation.

International arbitration/dispute resolution: with expertise in all types of dispute resolution across numerous jurisdictions, the firm advises on every aspect of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including: international and domestic arbitration and adjudications; expert determination; mediation and negotiation. The firm provides clear, unambiguous strategic advice on both avoiding disputes and, where this is not possible, taking disputes through to a successful resolution. Its lawyers have many years of experience in handling complex disputes under all major arbitration and ad hoc rules, as well as DAB/DRB proceedings.

Corporate and commercial: the firm provides advice and services to a range of clients, including global corporations, SMEs, and professional practices. Corporate services include: business reorganisation and restructuring; company sales and purchases; corporate recovery; incorporation of companies and LLPs; joint ventures and strategic alliances; management buy-outs and buy-ins; M&A; private equity, finance; shareholders/partnership agreements; and succession planning.

Health, safety and environment: the firm has a dedicated team with a record of achieving results for its consultant, contractor, employer and insurer clients. It advises on: coroners’ inquests; corporate and gross negligence manslaughter prosecutions; drafting CDM-C and other appointments; drafting policies and procedures and advising on compliance, HSE, EA and police investigations; improvement and prohibition notices; insurance issues and coverage; offences and sentencing; representation.

Regions: a powerful base in Bristol gives a strong national dynamic to the insurance services provided in respect of all areas of claim, together with a highly regarded claims handling resource.

Ireland: the Dublin office provides specialist insurance and dispute services to the London market and other insurers across the professions, providing experience and expertise in the resolution of disputes across Ireland.

International: the increasingly strong practice in Dubai acts for clients throughout the GCC and operates as a hub for the work undertaken for clients in Africa. The firm has a wealth of experience advising developers, contractors, consultants and their insurance providers in international construction and engineering, infrastructure, and power and energy projects. It has provided legal advice to clients in respect of some of the most iconic construction projects in the GCC. Beale & Company is a founding member of the European network, Lexicom. It has relationships with the African Legal Network, which has over 580 lawyers in 14 major African cities.

Recruitment: the firm recruits, on average, six to seven graduate trainees each year across its offices.

Other offices: Bristol, Dubai, Dublin

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Antony Smith
Professional liability Antony Smith
Projects and construction Sheena Sood
Projects and construction Will Buckby
Insurance Damian McPhun
Dispute resolution John Henderson
Health, safety and environmental Sheena Sood
Corporate and commercial Michael Archer
Corporate and commercial James Hutchinson
International arbitration/other commercial Claire Miller
Regions Joe Eizenberg
Ireland Tara Cosgrove
Dubai Claire Miller
Photo Name Position Profile
 Joanna Lewis  photo Joanna Lewis
 David McArdle  photo David McArdle
 Stephen Reilly  photo Stephen Reilly
 Sheena Sood  photo Sheena Sood
Number of partners : 23
Number of associates : 12
Number of assistant solicitors : 18
Number of other fee-earners : 23