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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: Rising stars

Robert Tiffen - Birketts LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Norwich

Birketts LLP has two standout practitioners in Max Roessler and consultant Paul Matthews, who lead a practice that handles high-value and complex cases across East Anglia and further afield. Both advise on a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes, professional negligence, insolvency and traditional chancery work. Senior associate Robert Tiffen has notable expertise in franchising cases and works closely with the firm's non-contentious franchise specialists.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Franchising

Legal director Ed Savory heads up the practice at Birketts LLP, which has particular expertise in advising on the set-up, expansion and management of franchise networks at a national and international level, and franchise litigation. Senior associate Robert Tiffen is also a key name to note and is a franchise litigation specialist, while fellow senior associate Sarah Lewis specialises in drafting franchise agreements and reviewing operations manuals for franchisors. Savory recently advised Zedify on its establishment of a licensed network of low emission couriers and assisted Make Believe with the growth and diversification of its franchise network.

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