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Beale & Co

CAPITAL HOUSE, 85 KING WILLIAM STREET, LONDON, EC4N 7BL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7469 0400
Fax:
Fax 020 7469 0401
DX:
517 LONDON CITY
Email:
Web:
www.beale-law.com
Bristol, Dubai, Dublin, London

Sheena Sood

Tel:
Work 020 7469 0402
Email:
Beale & Co

Work Department

Construction, health and safety, professional negligence, insurance.

Position

Sheena qualified in 1992 having trained with Beale & Company. She has over 20 years’ experience advising clients within the construction and related industries on a wide range of disputes and on investigations and prosecutions under health and safety law. Sheena has advised and represented numerous clients and their insurers in relation to civil claims both advancing claims for construction industry clients through the most effective means and defending negligence claims brought against them; conducting early risk assessments for clients to understand the merits of their position and achieve results which takes into account those risks and the need for a proportionate approach to costs. Her work is across all sectors of the construction industry and she has a thorough understanding of the issues of importance. She undertakes an increasing amount of work with an international focus, providing legal support for high-profile projects across the world. Sheena’s work in the health and safety field includes numerous fatal site accidents and personal injury claims that can follow construction site and workplace accidents. She represents clients throughout HSE and Police investigations and in criminal prosecutions brought by the HSE and CPS. She has many years experience in representing clients in meetings and interviews with the Police and the HSE during the course of an investigation including interviews under caution. Sheena advises on CDM and other health and safety legislation and assists clients in the implementation of good practice. Sheena works with her clients to set and keep under review the overall strategy to resolution and manages delivery to achieve the client’s aims in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

Career

Admitted England and Wales 1992, Ireland 2002, Northern Ireland 2006; partner in Beale & Company 1998 to 2017; senior partner 2018 until present.

Education

Brunel University (LLB).


London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP '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 & 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

Construction

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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