About us

Cooke, Young & Keidan is recognised as one of the leading dispute resolution law firms in London. Our lawyers have been commended in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, the pre-eminent independent guides for the legal profession. We were named Boutique Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2013.

Independent recognition

The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 ranked Cooke, Young & Keidan as a leading London firm in the Commercial Litigation, Financial Services, Civil Fraud and Banking Litigation (Investment and Retail) categories and commented that we are:

“An outstanding boutique” which is “top of the market for handling difficult financial services litigation”

The 2015 edition of that guide observed:

“Boutique commercial and financial dispute resolution firm Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP has developed an excellent reputation for providing ‘practical and commercial advice’ to a range of clients, including in claims adverse to banks.”

The Chambers and Partners Guide 2017 ranked us as a leading firm for Banking Litigation and as a highly regarded London firm for Litigation, with clients commenting:

“It’s a very proactive team who are not afraid to speak their mind and ‘tell us how it is’. We were always presented with commercial, business-minded advice.”

Recent editions praised us for being:

an outstanding litigation firm for claimant work” and “A very sensible, savvy outfit” and “extremely bright, creative, tenacious, thorough and committed to [our] clients”

“quality partners who can take on the market-leading firms”.

“For institutional and corporate clients who want to take on a major institution, they’re a go-to firm”.

The directory also noted that we are considered to be:

“particularly good value for money, providing a service comparable to many much larger firms for competitive rates”.


Further examples of commentary on Cooke, Young & Keidan in recent legal directories.

The WorldFinance Legal Awards 2012 named us as the UK’s Best Dispute Resolution Firm.

Track record and experience

The firm was established in January 2009 by its three founding partners, Gerald Cooke, Philip Young and Marc Keidan. The founding partners recognised the need for specialist disputes lawyers, providing a top-quality service but with competitive and flexible charging structures.

The firm’s senior partner, Gerald Cooke, was a disputes specialist with the global law firm Baker & McKenzie for 20 years. The firm’s other partners also have substantial experience in the resolution of complex domestic and international disputes, gained from years of practising in top City law firms. The firm has recruited only the most talented of associate solicitors, including solicitors who have joined from major City and international disputes practices.

Our working practices

We are a focused and dynamic firm and are adept at working in a way that saves costs for our clients at the same time as providing a service designed to give our clients the edge in their disputes. Our aim is to provide clear and practical legal advice and – where consistent with our clients’ strategic objectives – to resolve cases as quickly and economically as possible. Our strong business model and track record of success in complex litigation and have led to rapid growth of the firm’s client base. Our clients include blue-chip organisations, insurers and insurance brokers, household name companies, hedge funds and high-net worth individuals.