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Birketts LLP

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Robert Tiffen

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Birketts LLP

Work Department

Commercial litigation, Franchising


Senior Associate


Robert joined Birketts in 2015 from a leading regional firm. Before that he worked at the Norwich office of a top 50 national firm.

He has broad experience of a wide range of commercial litigation, including general contract claims, shareholder disputes, breach of warranty claims, professional negligence claims, “soft” IP disputes and disputes arising from insolvency. He has experience of high court and county court proceedings including urgent injunction applications, freezing orders and search orders. Robert has acted for some of the regions biggest businesses and public sector organisations, as well as a wide range of SMEs and individuals. Recent highlights include acting in a complex IP/breach of fiduciary duty/confidential information case which involved an urgent High Court injunction and a damages claim of over $13M (Allfiled UK Ltd v Eltis & Ors [2015] EWHC 1300 (Ch) (19 May 2015)).

Robert also specialises in franchising law and franchising disputes in particular, including default notices and franchise agreement terminations, post-termination restrictions, misrepresentation claims and franchisee class actions. Robert has acted for many of the countries leading franchises, including many previous BFA award winners. He also regularly advises on cross-border dispute resolution in the context of franchising.

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Norwich

Within: Next generation lawyers

Robert Tiffen - Birketts LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Norwich

Birketts LLP's pre-eminent litigation practice in Norwich handles cases up to and including the Supreme Court level, as well as representing clients in mediations, arbitrations and expert determinations. Practice head Paul Matthews and partner Max Roessler are the leading lights of the practice and have broad experience in commercial contract disputes, partnership disputes and many other contentious matters. Senior associate Robert Tiffen 'has a strong eye for detail and makes considered decisions; his actions are both proactive and robust'. Among Matthews' highlights was his defence of a client in Commercial Court proceedings against a claim by Capita Insurance Services PLC for an indemnity provided under a sale and purchase agreement by which the client sold his interest in insurance broker Sureterm Direct Limited. At appeal the claim was unanimously dismissed. Among the firm's clients are Norwich City FC, Norwich Airport, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and offshore energy services company Sembmarine SLP.

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East Anglia: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Birketts LLP has a strong claimant practice that services clients both in East Anglia and nationwide. It regularly handles claims against a variety of professionals but with a particular focus on solicitors and accountants, and it deals with many cases concerning negligent probate advice. Experienced litigator and member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association (PNLA)  Max Roessler leads the practice and advises both business and private clients on claims against a wide range of professionals, though many of his cases focus on matters involving other law firms. Partners Paul Matthews and PNLA member Laurence Weeks also play key roles in the practice, in which senior associates Bernadette Baker and Robert Tiffen and associate Susannah Catchpole are also recommended. Roessler recently acted for a client bringing a claim against financial advisers for poor investment advice affecting beneficiaries. Highlights for Matthews included acting in a claim against solicitors for the negligent management of a potential claim.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Franchising

Birketts LLP continues to grow its reputation in franchising work, with a client list that includes MamaBabyBliss, Little Squigglers and The Avanti Group UK. Legal director Ed Savory  leads the team and is an expert in franchising agreements and resales. He is supported by senior associate Robert Tiffen , who is an expert in contentious matters, and associate Vicki Mitman , who focuses on brand and licensing issues.

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