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Irwin Mitchell

Work 0370 1500 100
Fax 0114 275 3306

Steve Beahan

Work 0114 294 7868
Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Business legal services.


Experienced commercial dispute resolution lawyer. Since June 2011 has headed the commercial litigation department in Sheffield of 25+ lawyers. The department handles over 2,000 claims per year. Deals with most aspects of commercial and property litigation including professional negligence. Experience of High and County Court matters and a keen advocate of ADR having dealt with numerous mediations. Recent appearance in the Court Appeal included the reported case of Brown-Quinn and Webster Dixon LLP v Equity Syndicate Management Limited. In addition to traditional commercial litigation work, Steven and his team are panel solicitors for a number of well-known insurers dealing with disputes for individuals, businesses and charities who have the benefit of a legal expense insurance policy. Leading commentator on legal issues facing SME’s and jointly responsible of for the identification and development of new legal product offerings to SME community for the business legal services division. In recent years has developed bespoke innovative litigation funding solutions for commercial clients.


Trained Irwin Mitchell; qualified 1996; partner Irwin Mitchell 2005.


Wirral Grammar School; Sheffield University (LLB Hons); College of Law, Chester.


Sport (watching and playing), music, travel.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘highly proactive and commercial’ practice ‘stands out in the region’ for its expertise across the manufacturing and insurance sectors and knowledge of injunctive applications and shareholder and derivative claims. Steven Beahan leads the team and regularly handles insurance litigation; clients also praise the ‘brilliant’ Dorrien Peters, who is ‘up there with the best’ and acts in high-value disputes and manufacturing litigation. Clients include Westfield Health, MGS Technical Plastics, Aviva, Allianz and Buchan Concrete Products. -James Berry joined Freeths LLP in 2018.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant

Within: Professional negligence: claimant

With 'a fantastic team of very able lawyers' Irwin Mitchell's 'excellent' professional negligence team handles claims brought by both corporate clients and individuals against a spectrum of professionals. The department has particular expertise in claims arising out of insolvency estates, which 'sets the firm apart from its peers', and is instructed by insolvency practitioners such as Wilson Field and Begbies Traynor. The 'extremely knowledgeable and efficient' Natasha Guthrie has been highlighted as a 'stand-out star' in this area and heads up the professional negligence group. The team sits within the wider commercial litigation team, which is led by the 'tactically astute, highly experienced and very commercial' Steven Beahan.

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