Robert Coffey is Cooke, Young & Keidan’s managing partner. He has responsibility for helping set the firm’s strategic direction and heads up its management team. By background, he is a General Commercial Litigator specialising in high-value disputes including IP/Technology and Product Liability.
Robert Coffey is an experienced commercial litigator and has substantial management experience, having been the founding partner of a successful London practice. Prior to that, he was a solicitor at Baker & McKenzie where Gerald Cooke and Philip Young were his colleagues in that firm’s dispute resolution practice. Prior to his appointment as managing partner at CYK, he undertook a variety of legal and business consulting roles, including acting as a consultant solicitor to CYK.
His broad legal experience includes litigation, arbitration, mediation, and settlement of high-value contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, IP/IT rights and licensing disputes, fraud matters, and franchise disputes. Robert also has extensive experience in product regulation and product liability matters, and a special interest in technology related disputes.
Robert’s clients are frequently household-name manufacturers and major brand-owners. His work for these clients has included: advising on and co-ordinating one of the world’s largest product recalls in 68 jurisdictions simultaneously; defending and prosecuting IP infringement claims; negotiating favourable settlement of complex commercial contract disputes; and international arbitrations. Robert has comprehensive experience of seeking and obtaining emergency injunctions, freezing orders, and enforcing judgments. He has been consulted by the police/investigating authorities on international fraud matters.
Robert has represented manufacturers and IP rights owners (including software developers and licensors) in a broad range of high value matters which have been subject to confidential settlement, arbitration, and mediation.
He has significant experience of international disputes, and co-ordinating teams of advisors from multiple jurisdictions.
Robert has carried out a very significant amount of pro-bono work including a successful intervention on behalf of the UNHCR at the House of Lords.
Robert holds an M.A. from University of Dublin, Trinity College, and postgraduate qualifications from The College of Law, London. He trained at Baker & McKenzie London, and on qualification as a solicitor in 2005, joined that firm’s dispute resolution department as an associate (where he worked with Cooke, Young & Keidan partners Gerald Cooke and Philip Young). Robert was selected in 2005 to act as Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Kennedy at the Court of Appeal. In 2008 Robert co-founded Coffey Graham LLP, where he was a partner for five years and subsequently a consultant. Robert was a consultant to Cooke, Young & Keidan and in 2017 succeeded Gerald Cooke as Managing Partner.
Robert is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, and the Law Society of Ireland.