Ned Beale specialises in complex commercial litigation and international arbitration. Many of his cases are in the public eye and involve novel questions of law. Most have an international dimension – including Ukraine and Russia. Ned was named UK's Litigator of the Year by Legal Week at their 2019 Litigation & Arbitration Awards, when his "innovation and creativity” were praised by the panel chaired by LCIA Director-General Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof.
Ned has extensive experience dealing with contractual claims, including claims arising out of Covid, Brexit and Russia related disruption, shareholder disputes, warranty, earn-out and other post-M&A claims and disputes in the media, manufacturing, and energy sectors. He has significant experience advising on both the claimant and defendant sides.
He also has specific expertise in aviation disputes, including both lease finance and manufacturing claims. Recent instructions include advising Qatar Airways in its multi-billion dollar dispute with Airbus concerning its A350 and A321 Neo fleets, one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases’ of 2023.
Ned’s long track-record of acting in banking matters includes structured finance and retail banking disputes. These matters often have an insolvency context, including acting both for and against insolvency practitioners.
Ned regularly appears in international arbitration as counsel, advocate, and arbitrator, including before ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc tribunals. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the ICC UK national committee.
Ned’s court work includes extensive experience in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. This encompasses both contractual claims and commercial fraud, the latter often involving interim injunctions.
Ned acts for multinational corporates, publicly funded bodies and entrepreneurs. His clients come from diverse sectors, with focuses on aviation (in which he acts both for airlines and lessors), media (especially broadcasting), automotive and energy. His banking work typically sees him acting for borrowers of all types, as well as for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking.
LPC and PGDL, BPP Law School, London
BA (Hons), Durham
Solicitor, England and Wales, 2003
Fellow (FCIArb) - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Member - ICC UK Arbitration and ADR Committee. More info.
Member - LCIA
Member - London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation (LCAM) Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 Arbitrator Panel. More info.
Member - CEDR Commercial Arbitrators Panel
Member and Past President - Litigation Commission of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA)
Ned regularly writes for leading legal publications, academic journals and the national press.
"Why the UK should weaponise the English rule of law" - The Lawyer, April 2023
Foreword, "Building a Framework for Compensation and Redress" - All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking, February 2023
"Arbitration Agreements in Commercial Aviation Contracts and the Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation" - Air & Space Law, 48, no. 1, 2023, co-authored with Ben Graham-Evans
"Give SMEs the regulatory protection they deserve" - co-authored with Lord John Sharkey, Thomas Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, 2022
"Cut-Through Clauses in Aviation Insurance and Reinsurance Policies" - Air & Space Law 47, no. 1, 2022, co-authored with Ben Graham-Evans
“Common Mistake Rectification: Subjective Intentions v Objective Meaning” – LMCLQ 1, 2020 - co-authored with Professor Hugh Beale
“Judicial actions by MPs – trespassing beyond the law’s constitutional boundaries?” – The Lawyer, November 2019
“Court interventions by MPs: constitution in action, or under attack?” – New Law Journal, October 2019
“Companies should be allowed to choose how best to deliver justice” – The Times, March 2019
“Access to Financial Justice: Three Financial Services Conduct Scandals, and a Proposal for Reform" – 33 JIBLR 5, 2018
“Staggering price of civil court fees comes with a human cost” – The Guardian, February 2016
WHAT OTHERS SAY
Ned was named UK's Litigator of the Year – Private Practice at Legal Week's Litigation & Arbitration Awards 2019. He was lauded for his "innovation and creativity” by the panel chaired by LCIA Director-General Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof.
Legal 500 UK
'Ned Beale is great to work with – extremely clever, thoughtful and commercial in his approach.’ - Banking Litigation, 2024
‘Ned Beale is a great person to work with. He is super responsive and always eager to assist, suggesting several options of the way out and highlighting pros and cons of each.’; ‘very focused, efficient and on the ball. It’s very impressive indeed and I have found my experience of working with them to be second to none.’ and ‘a very talented individual who is a creative lawyer and also has excellent judgment. Great at the big picture, but equally on top of hunting down the detail. He is great at adjusting gears and approaches depending on the situation and context. He has the trust of clients and manages a great team by example.’ - Commercial Litigation: Premium, 2024
'Excellent' - Commercial Litigation: Premium, 2024
Ned Beale is not only solutions oriented, but also extremely pleasant to deal with and always accessible.’; ‘a hardworking and thoughtful lawyer who focuses on clients’ interests first.’ and ‘a very talented individual and creative lawyer with excellent judgement. Great at the big picture, but equally on top of hunting down the detail.’ - International Arbitration, 2024
"Ned Beale is an outstanding litigator. Most efficient and effective. He has excellent instincts, great judgement and knows which points to press home. One couldn’t be in better hands.” – Commercial Litigation: Premium, 2023
"Ned Beale is a first-class operator. Smooth and steely, he sets the route to victory and then delivers." – International Arbitration, 2023
In addition, in previous years:
"Extremely experienced, navigated complex negotiations calmly and precisely". – International Arbitration 2021
“An excellent all-round commercial disputes lawyer. He is wonderful to work with, charming, approachable, and commercial. He is very good with international clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending him”. – Commercial Litigation, 2021
"Fantastic". – International Arbitration, 2020
"Highly intelligent. He uses a layered approach to a case, building up each legal point over time until it becomes fortified against all attacks". – Commercial Litigation, 2020
"Flexible, realistic, hard-working and has excellent judgment". – Civil Fraud, 2020
Ned was recognised by Lawdragon in 2021 and 2023 in their list of the world’s top 500 Global Lawyers for International Arbitration and Litigation
Who's Who Legal
In 2023, Ned was highlighted as a 'Recommended Individual' in Commercial Litigation.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
Legal 500 UK, 2024
‘Ned Beale is not only solutions oriented, but also extremely pleasant to deal with and always accessible.’; ‘a hardworking and thoughtful lawyer who focuses on clients’ interests first.’ and ‘a very talented individual and creative lawyer with excellent judgement. Great at the big picture, but equally on top of hunting down the detail.’
Director, Asset Management Firm
I just wanted to thank you for all your help: a perfect combination of technical skill, tactical thinking, and humour. You can imagine we have worked with a lot of lawyers; if only they all operated the way that you do.
Legal 500, 2023
Ned Beale is an outstanding litigator. Most efficient and effective. He has excellent instincts, great judgement and knows which points to press home. One couldn’t be in better hands.
Legal 500, 2022 and 2023
Ned Beale is a diligent, client-focused lawyer, with sharp legal skills. - and - A first-class operator. Smooth and steely, he sets the route to victory and then delivers.
Legal 500 UK, 2021
One of London’s leading litigators, combining focused and creative strategy with a determination to win for his clients - and - A sharp and experienced lawyer.
Legal 500 UK, 2021
Understands what clients want and will act proactively and appropriately to achieve this. He has good links with the Commercial Bar and so knows which counsel will be right for a given case and client.
Legal 500 UK, 2021
An excellent all round commercial disputes lawyer. He is wonderful to work with, charming, approachable and commercial. He is very good with international clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
Chambers UK, 2020
Described by his international arbitration clients as 'fantastic' and Ned is recommended for civil fraud as 'flexible, realistic, hard-working and has excellent judgment'.
Legal 500 UK, 2020
Highly intelligent. He uses a layered approach to a case, building up each legal point over time until it becomes fortified against all attacks - and - Ned Beale is a first-class operator. Smooth and steely, he sets the route to victory and then delivers.