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Beale & Co

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Bristol, Dubai, Dublin, London

London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Beale & Co

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

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Beale & Co

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

Leading individuals

Antony Smith - Beale & Co

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London: Real estate

Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Beale & Co

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

Other key lawyers:Antony Smith; Michael Salau; Keith Lonsdale; James Vernon


'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




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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Beale & Co

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:Samantha Jonsson; Andrew Croft


'Specific relevant knowledge of our industry.'

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

Key Clients


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