Cooke, Young & Keidan is a leading boutique litigation and arbitration law firm based in the City of London. We specialise in complex and high-value commercial and financial dispute resolution and, largely being free of conflicts of interest, are one of the few top quality London firms who sue the financial institutions. Our lawyers, recognised as experts in their fields, are experienced in domestic and international litigation, arbitration, adjudication and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. We advise and act on a range of general commercial disputes as well as acting across specialist practice areas such as partnership and corporate disputes, contentious FCA regulatory work and civil fraud litigation.

Partner-led service

Our partners have years of experience gained from practising in top City law firms and are ranked in the legal directories for the quality of their work and expertise. We strive to differentiate ourselves from other City firms by providing a partner-led service at realistic charge-out rates. We received special recognition in the 2012 edition of Chambers and Partners directory for our "sterling" standard of client service and our expertise.

Conflict of interest free

Our policy is to avoid being conflicted from acting against City and financial institutions including banks and major accountancy and other professional services firms. We are therefore frequently instructed in complex disputes involving financial institutions against which other City firms have traditionally been unwilling to act. We have obtained some enviable results and are recognised as a leading law firm in this field. Almost uniquely among London law firms, all of the partners in our banking litigation team are recognised in the legal directories as leading practitioners.

Quality advice

Our clients benefit from high quality advice and service as a result of our lawyers' extensive experience and high skill levels. We strive continuously to find effective and novel solutions to our clients' problems. Once a dispute resolution process commences, be it litigation or one or other of the forms of alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, expert determination etc) all our efforts are focussed on winning and achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. The quality of our work is reflected in the nature of our opposition, which often comprises the large City of London firms and the US law firms operating in London.

Select clients

Having expanded considerably since being founded in 2009, the Firm is now one of the more substantial “disputes only” practices in the City of London. We are nevertheless careful to limit our acceptance of engagements to those that we can effectively manage, in order to ensure that our clients receive a service that is consistent with the delivery of only the very highest professional standards. This tends to mean that we are selective as to the cases we take on, usually focussing only on particularly high value or complex disputes. We do not take on any criminal defence, family law disputes or employment cases.  This work is always referred out by us.