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Steven Beahan



Steven is the head of the Commercial and Property Litigation team at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield. He has been a Partner at the firm since 2005.

He is an experienced practitioner, recognised as an expert in the fields of commercial dispute resolution and litigation in The Legal 500. He deals with most aspects of commercial and property litigation and now heads the department of over 25 lawyers in Sheffield.

Steven has experience of High and County Court matters as well as in the Court of Appeal and is a keen advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) having dealt with numerous mediations.

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.

Steven has also recently been involved in developing bespoke funding arrangements for clients working with household name insurers, specialising in the provision of After The Event (ATE) Litigation Costs Insurance. He also advises companies and individuals in relation to their legal obligations and provides guidance on a pro-active basis with a view to assisting businesses to avoid litigation in the future.

Recent highlights:

  • Recent cases include appearing in the Court of Appeal in one of the lead commercial insurance cases; Brown-Quinn & Another v Equity Syndicate Management Limited & Another [2012] EWCA Civ 1633 and on the issue of the duties of a solicitor at a mediation; Frost v Wake Smith [2013] EWCA Civ 1960.
  • Regularly acting for major household and commercial legal expense insurer customers and is a panel solicitor.
  • Representing clients in the Court of Appeal.

Market view:

Steven Beahan "has a tremendous amount of experience" - Legal 500, 2014

"very pleasant to deal with, and efficient at case management." - Legal 500, 2013

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 13/01/2016
    Irwin Mitchell Leeds Boosts Commercial Litigation Team

    “Zoe is a welcome and valuable addition to our commercial dispute resolution team and we are delighted to have her on board. Demand within the department is growing and it is important that we continue to recruit at a level which provides senior level advice to clients.”

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  • 15/10/2015
    Small Businesses Claim The Government Should Still Do More To Boost Economy - Says New Study

    “Clearly the Government needs to listen and engage with the needs of small companies more than it currently does. We found that 22% of small companies thought that the Government wasn’t helping to boost their local economy and when we looked at businesses in their first year lf trading, the figure was even lower. Many of these enterprises are the big job creating companies of the future and it is vital that more is done to assist them. “We support the intention of a more balanced UK economy and believe that it is vital that the concerns of small companies are listened to in order to ensure that it becomes a reality.”

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  • 16/06/2015
    ERC Study Proves SMEs Are ‘Engine Room Of Economy’

    "The recession created a very difficult few years, but this research arguably indicates the silver lining that it brought with it – an opportunity for those affected to chase their dreams and begin their own ventures. "Small businesses have long been heralded as the lifeblood or ‘engine room’ of the economy and this research proves it. Quite simply, when entrepreneurs thrive the business world thrives, with the creation of new jobs and fresh opportunities. "However, it is important to remember that leading SMEs do not often simply go it alone. A proper, comprehensive support network is vital to help them on their way and this should include legal advice on the key aspects they need to consider – from data protection, employment to regulatory compliance."

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  • 27/05/2015
    Queen's Speech: Enterprise Bill

    “It is encouraging to see that the new Government has prioritised small businesses and no doubt many company bosses will support the objective of cutting red tape. It is however the latest in a long line of similar announcements stretching back many years and some SMEs will now want to see real action rather than well-meaning words. “Creating a Small Business Conciliation Service to help resolve business-to-business disputes will also be supported, especially as it looks to address the issue of late payments. Many smaller businesses have been dealing with the significant increase in court fees since April, so any proposal to address this will be welcomed. As ever we await the detail, however.”

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