Michael Doherty

Director in Litigation and Dispute Resolution


20 Years (16 Years PQE)

Main Areas of Work:

  • Commercial contractual disputes (including commercial insurance disputes and disputes relating to surety)
  • Director/Shareholder/Partnership disputes (particularly claims based upon unfair prejudicial conduct and/or related to partnership agreements)  
  • Disputes arising out of the sale and purchase of businesses (particularly claims based upon breach of warranty, misrepresentation and/or fraud)
  • Construction, Engineering and Machinery disputes
  • Goods and Services and Product Liability disputes
  • Professional Negligence and Vicarious Liability claims
  • Insolvency related disputes

Mike also takes on the roles as Deputy MLRO and Training Principal at Wake Smith. 

Great / Notable achievements at Wake Smith:

  • Acting on a multi-million-pound multi-faceted breach of warranty claim
  • Defending a €1.3m breach of contract/negligence claim brought by a large multi-national against a much smaller South Yorkshire based client firm
  • Acting on a multi-million pound unfair prejudice claim

What clients say about you:

‘Mike Doherty has good business acumen.’ - Quoted in The Legal 500 2024

Mike Doherty makes good use of counsel, and always has his client’s commercial needs at the forefront of his mind.’ - Quoted in The Legal 500 2024

‘Michael Doherty is a standout star. He provides first-rate client service and is a pleasure to deal with. Michael offers commercially-minded and direct advice and valuable insights on case strategy. He is a real asset to any legal team.’ - Quoted in The Legal 500 2022

'I would highlight Michael Doherty, who is an excellent and commercially astute lawyer. Michael dives into his cases and identifies all of the salient and strategic points. He is able to deliver pragmatic and reliable advice and is always a pleasure to work with.'

'Mike Doherty is a very astute practitioner, providing excellent tactical input and direction in any dispute with a confidence-inspiring and straightforward manner that gets to the heart of any matter by bringing his clear insight and bags of experience to bear'.  

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