Ned Beale is a leading commercial disputes lawyer who specialises in complex commercial litigation and commercial arbitration with a domestic as well as international angle – including Ukraine and Russia. Ned was named UK's Litigator of the Year by Legal Week at their 2019 Litigation & Arbitration Awards.


Ned joined Hausfeld in 2021 from an international law firm where he led the international arbitration practice.

Ned has extensive experience dealing with contractual claims, including claims arising out of Covid-19 and Brexit related disruption, shareholder disputes, warranty, earn-out and other post-M&A claims, aviation matters and disputes in the manufacturing, engineering and broadcasting sectors. He has significant experience advising on both the claimant and defendant sides.

In addition, Ned’s long track-record of acting in banking matters includes retail banking cases and structured finance disputes.

Ned regularly appears in international arbitration for international parties as counsel, advocate and arbitrator, including before ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc tribunals. He is a Fellow (FCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 

Ned’s court work includes extensive experience in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, as well as at appellate level up to the Supreme Court.  This encompasses both contractual claims and commercial fraud, the latter often involving interim injunctions.  


Ned acts for multi-national corporates, publicly funded bodies and entrepreneurs. His clients come from diverse sectors, with particular focuses on aviation (in which he acts both for airlines and lessors), automotive, energy and media. 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 in the Supreme Court.