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 two most recent editions of The Legal 500 ranked Cooke, Young & Keidan as a leading London firm in all of the Commercial Litigation, Financial Services, Civil Fraud and Banking Litigation (Investment and Retail) categories and commented that the firm is:

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

“a cut above others for personal service and leadership, and it provides outstanding value for money”

“Traditionally one of the leading conflict-free banking litigation firms”

“[a firm which] punches above its weight due to its competitive rates, combined with excellent client care and legal and strategic excellence’. The team is notably strong in bank and finance-related fraud cases, handling high-profile investigations into domestic and overseas parties.”

The 2015 edition of that guide observed that:

“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 2018 ranked us as a leading firm for Banking Litigation, Litigation (London) and Civil Fraud, with clients commending:

“the “excellent lawyers” at the firm for “their commercial approach to our business.”

Recent editions reported comments from market sources and clients as follows:

“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.”

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”.

“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 editions of 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 partners all have substantial experience in the resolution of complex domestic and international disputes, in many cases gained from years of practising in top City law firms. The firm places emphasis on recruiting only the most talented and well qualified of associate solicitors, including lawyers 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 international arbitration 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.