Ned Beale is a partner in the London office of Trowers & Hamlins, a 150 partner firm headquartered in London with 10 offices in the UK, the Middle East and Malaysia.
He specialises complex, high value and high profile commercial disputes. In 2019 he was named the UK's Litigator of the Year at Legal Week's Litigation & Arbitration Awards, for cases in the Supreme Court and international arbitration.
Ned handles the full range of commercial disputes. That include contractual claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, warranty, earn-out and other corporate claims, banking litigation, aviation disputes for both airlines and lessors, disputes in the manufacturing, engineering and TMT sectors typically with heavy technical aspects, professional negligence claims and trusts litigation. Much of his work has an international dimension.
Ned has extensive experience in all divisions of the High Court and at all appellate level. In 2019, he represented the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking in its successful intervention in Sevilleja v Marex UKSC 2018/0178, the first ever intervention by Members of Parliament in the Supreme Court.
Personal recommendations include The Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation: "a keen eye for the commercial, common sense of a claim" (2017) and "instrumental in steering litigation through procedural complexities" (2018) and "highly intelligent. He uses a layered approach to a case, building up each legal point over time until it becomes fortified against all attacks" (2019).
Ned leads Trowers' international arbitration team. He regularly appears in international arbitration, including before ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc tribunals. Personal recommendations include The Legal 500 for International Arbitration: “fights extremely hard” (2017), "focused on solutions" (2018) and "fantastic" (2019).
Ned sits as an arbitrator. He is a Fellow (FCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the LCIA and the CEDR Commercial Arbitrators panel.
Ned coordinates litigation in the UK and internationally to safeguard his clients' assets. He also has significant experience on the defendant side, for example representing the lead defendant in the injunctive phase of the lead UK Madoff litigation, reported at Madoff Securities v Raven & Ors  EWHC 3102 (Comm).
Ned has lectured at the UCL Centre for Ethics & Law and at LCIA and ABA-SIL conferences. He teaches a class on international arbitration at City University, London. He is a past president of the Litigation Commission of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats.
Ned writes for The Guardian and The Times newspapers on legal topics. He has a long-standing interest in access to justice and consumer protection.