Sean Doherty > DAC Beachcroft LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Work Department

Clinical risk.


Sean has been defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of the NHS LA for Trusts across Yorkshire, the North East and North West since 2000. He deals with obstetric cases, specialising in birth injury claims, and cases of maximum severity. In addition, he has handled a number of group actions and advises on metal-on-metal hip claims. Sean is a nominated partner for the NHS LA in the Leeds and Manchester offices. He is a keen advocate holding higher rights of audience in the civil courts. Sean also advises on risk management issues as a result of claims and provides training to NHS legal services and risk manager on this subject.


Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Sheffield (health team) 2000-01; senior associate Eversheds, Leeds (health team) 2001-08; associate Beachcroft (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) clinical and healthcare risk team 2008; partner 2011.


The Law Society; Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society.


University of Leeds (BSc Hons Bicochemistry and Molecular Biology); Leeds Metropolitan University (postgraduate diploma in Law); Leeds Metropolitan University (LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant

(Leading individuals)

Sean DohertyDAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s well established clinical negligence team has a firm grip on its position at the top of the market, acting for both public and private clients including blue chip insurers and an array of NHS trusts. Leeds clinical negligence head Paul Taylor‘s talent in catastrophic injury work, especially spinal and birth injury claims, is universally recognised. He leads the department with the equally highly regarded Sean Doherty, who also has experience of complex metal hip claims. As well as high-profile national work, the practice also advises a regional client base on matters relating to patient safety, risk management and governance.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Health

DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s public law and health projects team handles the full spectrum of health work with notable expertise in care systems, partnerships, policy development, procurement matters and integrated services contracts. The group is also highly regarded for its mental health advice to public and private sector clients, and works closely with the real estate team to assist with property portfolio management and property purchases. Team head Charlotte Burnett advises on commercial, integration and primary care issues; healthcare regulatory team head Tracey Longfield handles criminal, health and safety and regulatory work; Sean Doherty is the key contact for clinical negligence matters, Peter Merchant handles mental health work, and James Rhodes focuses on employment issues.

North West > Public sector > Health

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields an ‘excellent multi-skilled team‘ and acts for public and private sector health clients across a range of real estate, negligence, employment, technology, IT, procurement and regulatory mandates. The team handles defendant clinical negligence work where team head Sean Doherty, who is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices, is noted. The team also handles commercial disputes in the sector and represents professionals in the health and care sector in disciplinary proceedings.

North West > Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant

Simon Wortley leads the Manchester clinical risk practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP, where the team’s national reputation is underlined by regular instructions from the main London healthcare providers. Wortley, who is highly regarded for his client handling skills, also works with insurers to the healthcare sector, advising on both domestic and cross-border claims. Other key team members include Sean Doherty and associates Claire Fitzgerald and Paul Burrows.