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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.
Steven qualified as a solicitor in 1996.
Steven Beahan "has a tremendous amount of experience" - Legal 500, 2014
"very pleasant to deal with, and efficient at case management." - Legal 500, 2013
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“Irwin Mitchell supports measures to improve awareness in this area as both individuals and businesses should be aware they can have BTE legal expenses insurance, or that they already have it and therefore have access to legal advice.
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“The cost of BTE insurance means it can never be an option for everyone and we continue to work with political parties on all sides to try and ensure we have a justice system which offers access to justice for all. However, it does have a part to play for some clients and we’d be happy to work with regulators and political stakeholders to ensure we have an effective market for those who wish to choose that option.”
“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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“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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