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Ned Beale

Ned Beale

Partner โ€“โ€“โ€“ London

Ned Beale is a partner in the London office of Trowers & Hamlins LLP, a 150 partner law firm headquartered in London with 10 offices in the UK, the Middle East and Malaysia.

He specialises in complex commercial disputes and regulatory advice. Ned and his team are recommended by The Legal 500 for commercial disputes, which describes them as "top-level lawyers who are experienced at dealing with complex, high-value litigation".

Ned handles the full range of commercial disputes, including contractual claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, warranty, earn-out and other corporate disputes, banking and financial services litigation, aviation disputes, disputes in the manufacturing, engineering and TMT sectors typically with heavy technical aspects, professional negligence, trusts and probate litigation and contentious insolvency. Much of his work has an international dimension.

Ned has extensive experience in all divisions of the High Court and at appellate level. Personal recommendations include The Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation "excellent" (2015), “recommended” (2016), "a keen eye for the commercial, common sense of a claim" (2017) and "instrumental in steering litigation through procedural complexities" (2018).  Alongside formal proceedings, Ned frequently deploys mediation and other forms of ADR.

Ned leads Trowers' international arbitration team.  He regularly acts in international arbitration, including before ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc tribunals. Personal recommendations include The Legal 500 for International Arbitration "first-rate" (2015), “fights extremely hard” (2016), "focused on solutions" (2017) and "Beale and his team are able to navigate international arbitrations efficiently and diligently" (2018).  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 also deals with urgent injunctive relief, allegations of fraud and internal investigations. As one of his firm’s Money Laundering Reporting Officers, he advises his own firm and its clients on managing risk. A current focus is advising public and private sector clients on the Money Laundering Regulations 2017. The Legal 500 2018 recommending Ned for civil fraud states he is "flexible, realistic, hard-working and has excellent judgment".

Ned has in-house experience through roles with Royal Mail Plc, St Paul Travelers Inc and Octopus Publishing Group Ltd. He frequently works closely with clients to manage major disputes both before and after the commencement of proceedings. Client recommendations include "the outcome was certainly a success" – Chief Operating Officer, US energy company and "a very successful outcome on a high profile investment" – Portfolio Director, UK private equity house.

Ned was president of the Litigation Commission of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats from 2013 to 2016.  He 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.

Ned writes for The Guardian newspaper on legal topics. He has a longstanding interest in access to justice and consumer protection, including acting as Honorary Legal Adviser at Camden Citizens Advice.