Beale & Co adds Partner to growing professional indemnity team

Thursday, 6th February 2020

Beale & Co are delighted to announce that highly regarded professional disputes lawyer, Joe Bryant, has joined its professional indemnity team. Joe is well known in the insurance market and joins the Firm from RPC where he was a senior Partner.

Joe specialises in defending lawyers and insurance brokers (and their London market insurers) against claims for professional negligence, and has an established client base including some of the largest legal and insurance firms both in the UK and internationally.

He advises on the full spectrum of issues facing the legal and broking professions, from M&A lawyers facing complex corporate and tax litigation on the one hand, through to Lloyds brokers having to deal with disputed declinatures and Insurance Act interpretation on the other. He is routinely instructed by the insurance market to act for its policyholders in resolving their disputes, as well as providing coverage advice on policy interpretation.

Away from brokers and lawyers, Joe also acts (again predominantly through the UK insurance market) for construction professionals, having been involved in a wide range of claims both nationally and internationally over his 20 year career to date.

Joe is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 with clients describing him as “very astute and pleasant to work with,” and lauding his “wealth of experience.”

In the last 12 months Beale & Co has invested significantly in its professional indemnity team with the hire of Partners Keith Lonsdale and Michael Salau from BLM, Peter Sewell and Eileen Pathiraja from DWF and Killian Dorney from A&L Goodbody in Ireland. The team has also seen the arrival of 5 Senior Associates and 2 Associates in that same time.

Joe’s arrival is great news for Beale & Co and further strengthens the Firm’s existing professional indemnity capabilities as a Top Ranked Professional Negligence Firm in Chambers & Partners.

Joe Bryant said – “I am delighted to be joining a Firm of such calibre and with a true focus on delivering a high quality, specialist service to its clients. I look forward to working with the team and adding to its expertise in this field.”

Sheena Sood, Senior Partner, said – “Joe is a fantastic addition to the team and we are delighted he is joining us. His expertise is a natural fit and offers a wealth of opportunities for our insurer and policyholder clients.”