Managing Partner: Claire Miller
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 4
Number of staff: 8
Originally founded in 1838, Beale & Co have over 180 years’ experience providing specialist legal advice to the construction, engineering, infrastructure and insurance sectors. With over 85 lawyers spread across offices in London, Bristol, Dublin and Dubai, the firm delivers an innovative and international service to its clients across the globe.
Beale & Co has a reputation for working to the highest standards and has thrived in response to a demand that has grown exponentially over the past 25 years.
The firm recognises the importance of maintaining quality of service in an ever-changing market and Beale & Co’s lawyers are experts in their respective fields meaning that they have a genuine understanding of the industries in which they operate. Their approach is simple and effective: understand complex technical issues, identify commercially viable solutions and implement the appropriate strategy to achieve a successful outcome.
Beale & Company (Middle East) is the first truly specialist construction law practice to set up in the UAE, advising exclusively on construction and engineering matters in the Middle East and Asia. In the last five years Beale & Co has gained repeat instructions from many of the leading developers and contractors operating in the region, having advised and represented clients in respect of some of the most iconic construction and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
The firm’s relative size combined with tight lines of communication make it extremely agile and able to respond both efficiently and effectively to demand. This means its clients receive a consistent, high quality and cost-efficient service - all the way from briefing to resolution.
The team of partners and dedicated lawyers in Dubai have a combined wealth of experience of the construction industry, from international private practice as well as in-house roles, giving them first-hand knowledge of the challenges that frequently arise in the industry. The team provides specialist advice and representation for its clients in relation to contract and project management, dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and international arbitration.
Main Areas of Practice:
International Arbitration & Construction Disputes:
Beale & Co is recognised as one of the key players in the international construction disputes market. The firm acts for both claimant and defendant clients in complex, high value international arbitrations (including related ancillary proceedings), both institutional and ad hoc, including under the DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, SIAC, CRCICA, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules, expert determinations, mediations and international litigation. Beale & Co represents its developer and contractor clients in a wide range of construction disputes, particularly those involving delay, extensions of time, loss and/or expense (including prolongation and disruption costs), variations, suspension and termination, defective design and payment. Since opening its Dubai office, Beale & Co has acted for the region’s leading developers and contractors in relation to some of the world’s most iconic projects including Metro 2020 and Cayan Tower in Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The firm advises on all non-contentious issues which may arise on construction, power and infrastructure projects including contract formation on both standard forms and bespoke contracts; tendering and procurement routes; challenges of procurement awards; joint venture agreements and purchase agreements. The team acts for clients on transactions procured by both traditional methods and increasingly using innovative methods such as partnering and alliancing. The team also advises on project/contractual issues during project delivery, including variations, interim payment and final account applications.