Firm Profile > Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP > London, England

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP
21 LOMBARD STREET
LONDON
EC3V 9AH
England

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Praised for its 'highly innovative thinking', litigation boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a popular choice for claimants against banks and other financial institutions and counts fintech disputes among its areas of growth. The 'brilliant strategic thinker' Philip Young, the 'simply brilliant' Sinead O’Callaghan and Lydia Danon have broad litigation experience. 'Great strategist' Stephen Elam is particularly strong for claims involving complex financial products while Daniel Burbeary excels in cross-border disputes involving China, Russia and the CIS region. 'Emerging star' Sam Roberts and Rosie Wild are among the associates to note.

Other key lawyers:

Sinead O’Callaghan; Philip Young; Lydia Danon; Stephen Elam; Sam Roberts; Daniel Burbeary; Rosie Wild

Testimonials

One of the very best boutique litigation firms. And a go-to firm for Banking disputes (claimant side). No fuss, high client engagement, lower cost but on a par if not better than much larger firms. CYK recruit well, operate well and win cases. Their work product is often significantly superior to that of their competitors or opponents.

Philip Young – a really good lawyer and a really good person to look after your case. Sensible, clever and easy to work with. Excellent judgment.

Sam Roberts – new partner – very good indeed. Daniel Burbeary – knows how to run a heavy arbitration or commercial court action. Rosie Wild – one of the best litigation associates in London – very broad shoulders for a very young lawyer.

Highly innovative thinking. Brilliant ability to produce well-thought through and strategic approaches to cases.

‘Philip Young – Brilliant strategic thinker. Lydia Danon- gutsy and straight-talking. What every client wants in a fight. Rosie Wild – Goes the extra mile, all the time. The associate every partner wants. Daniel Burbeary – Great client skills. Sees the way through to a good commercial result.’

Stephen Elam has the ability to explain the most complex concepts clearly so that rational decisions can be made. He is always available to discuss issues and he is a great strategist.

Cooke, Young & Keidan rightly have a first-class reputation in this area.’

Sinead O’Callaghan – Sinead is simply brilliant. Sam Roberts – a real class act, and emerging star in this area.

Key clients

Grove Park Properties

Mary Ward House Limited and Timothy Murphy

Daniel and Toby Ward

The ECU Group Plc

Cheyne Capital International Limited

Oliver Morley, trading as Morley Estates

Reliantco

Robson Asset Management Manco Limited

Bitfinex

ThinkMarkets

CMOC

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Praised for its 'highly innovative thinking', litigation boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is particularly popular among high net worth individuals, SMEs,  as well as, increasingly, corporates and investment companies. 'Brilliant strategic thinker' Philip Young is a key contact for claims requiring urgent injunctive relief while Sinead O’Callaghan and the 'gutsy and straight-talking' Lydia Danon have broad practices. Stephen Elam has a specialism in financial services and regulatory disputes. It continues to build its technology practice, particularly in fintech and venture capital-related disputes. Arish Bharucha joined Howard Kennedy LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Philip Young; Sinead O’Callaghan; Stephen Elam; Lydia Danon; Daniel Burbeary

Testimonials

Philip Young – Brilliant strategic thinker. Lydia Danon- gutsy and straight-talking. What every client wants in a fight. Rosie Wild – Goes the extra mile, all the time. The associate every partner wants. Daniel Burbeary – Great client skills. Sees the way through to a good commercial result.

Highly innovative thinking. Brilliant ability to produce well-thought through and strategic approaches to cases.’

This team knows its onions extremely well. They possess not only a great knowledge of the law, but also of the technicalities surrounding the use of the law.’

The service, knowledge, professional attitude, and process are very well done.’

Key clients

Reliantco Investments Limited

Derek Quinlan

Shaun Barnard

The ECU Group Plc

Grove Park Properties

Infund LLP and Mr Hector Juan Jose Garcia Quevedo Topete

ThinkMarkets

CMOC

Oliver Morley, trading as Morley Estates

Robson Asset Management Manco Limited

Bitfinex

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is regarded as ‘one of the very best boutique litigation firms and a go-to firm for fraud disputes‘. The practice focuses on complex commercial fraud work, handling domestic and multijurisdictional matters for corporate and private clients. The ‘brilliant strategic thinkerPhilip Young is a key name in the area and specialises in banking and commercial litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Philip Young; Lydia Danon; Rosie Wild

Testimonials

‘This team knows its onions extremely well. They possess not only a great knowledge of the law, but also of the technicalities surrounding the use of the law. This gives their clients a huge advantage as the firm will always be looking a number of steps ahead, working out what the consequences of taking a particular path now might be in a year or two’s time’.

‘Best known initially for taking on the banking world, now firmly established in the Civil Fraud market, involved in some of the bigger cases before the Commercial Court’.

‘Philip Young is a bit of a legal “geek”, who is genuinely deeply interested in the law and has a great depth of knowledge of the areas in which he practises. Sometimes it seems as if neurons are flying out of his brain as he goes off on what appears to be a tangent, but which he ties back to the very core of the issues he is dealing with’.

‘Lydia Danon invokes trust in clients from the off. Takes no nonsense from opponents, from counsel or from clients, who love her style. Her plain speaking is a breath of fresh air. Clients know that they will get good straightforward and correct advice’.

‘Rosie Wild is a superb senior associate surely on the brink of partnership. Has hugely detailed knowledge of the issues in every piece of litigation she is involved in. Appears to be tireless, never too busy to deal with whatever is put before her’.  

‘Massively supportive of counsel in every case,  the importance of which cannot be overstated. Highly innovative thinking. They come up with well-thought through and novel approaches to tricky issues. Much more broad-ranging knowledge and skills than comparable firms’.

‘Philip Young is always looking for the unseen angle in a case. Brilliant strategic thinker. Lydia Danon – gutsy and straight talking. Exactly who a client wants next to them in a fight. Rosie Wild – willing to go the extra mile. The associate every partner wants with them on a case’.

Key clients

VP Bank

Grove Park Properties

The ECU Group Plc

Mr Yoshiki Ohmura

CMOC

Infund LLP

Reliantco

Shaun Barnard

ThinkMarkets

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, a commercial and financial disputes boutique, is known for handling contentious financial regulatory work, acting for corporates and regulated firms in FCA investigations and disputes, as well as advising on supervisory and enforcement issues. Key contacts are Stephen Elam, an expert in financial products, and Sinead O’Callaghan, whose clients include funds and high-net-worth individuals. In March 2020, founding partner Marc Keidan left to start Keidan Harrison.

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Elam; Sinead O’Callaghan

Testimonials

Extremely careful and considered litigators. Very aware of the workings of financial markets.’

Steve Elam is the top choice for litigation involving exchanges or trading.’

CYK Law are a small firm which punches well above their weight. This is down to their ability to source litigation funders to support cases, and draw on a pool of good subject matter experts.’

An excellent and client focused team. Clients can be assured of day to day contact with the senior members of the team. A forward thinking approach to costing for clients.

Stephen Elam has excellent management skills, especially in large scale litigation.’

The team at the firm are excellent – efficient, pro-active and intelligent – and a pleasure to work with.’

Stephen Elam has the ability to explain the most complex concepts clearly so that rational decisions can be made. He is always available to discuss issues and he is a great strategist.’

Sinead O’Callaghan is good. Knows her stuff, commercial, personable.’

Key clients

iFinex Inc (Bitfinex)

The ECU Group Plc

Reliantco Investments Limited

Grove Park Properties Ltd

ThinkMarkets

Oliver Morley, t/a Morley Estates

Daniel and Toby Ward

Cheyne Capital International Limted

Mary Ward House Limited and Timothy Murphy

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP specialises in commercial and financial disputes, with key growth areas for the boutique firm including commercial arbitrations, enforcement of awards, and bringing and defending challenges to awards; it is also increasingly active on the claimant side in investor-state disputes. Daniel Burbeary specialises in commercial disputes, particularly those involving China, Russia and former CIS countries; Sinead O’Callaghan is gaining a significant profile in arbitrations; and Philip Young has over 25 years’ experience in the field.

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Burbeary; Sinead O’Callaghan; Philip Young; Robert Coffey; Irina Buydova; Mikhail Vishnyakov

Testimonials

CYK is a boutique disputes firm, so every member of the team is specialised in disputes.

They attract strong employees, often from Magic Circle law firms, and they are focused on high-value and complex disputes in litigation and arbitration.

The individuals I have worked with in the field of international arbitration are of very high quality – an excellent blend of keeping an eye on the big picture while keeping a firm grip on the details.

CYK is one of the most respected boutique litigation firms in the London market. They offer cutting-edge City law firm expertise, relative absence of conflicts, and very competitive fee rates.

The team has an excellent leader in Daniel Burbeary, and it has recruited high-quality associates who offer a very good proposition in the arbitration space.

Daniel Burbeary is an experienced, no-nonsense arbitration specialist, who comes up with effective strategies for complex disputes, and delivers them efficiently and effectively to a very high standard.

Daniel Burbeary is always thinking strategically.

My go-to person is Philip Young, who is tenacious, and has good judgement and excellent client-handling skills – he is utterly committed to securing the client’s objectives and results driven.

Key clients

Eastern European Engineering

GUTA Group

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 5

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP advises on complex, high value claims against bankers, financial service providers, accountants and architects. Sinead O’Callaghan is skilled in commercial litigation, and has experience handling claims against real estate valuers and financial institutions. Stephen Elam acts for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence mandates involving financial services and banking professionals. Marc Keidan departed to establish Keidan Harrison LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sinead O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Elam

Testimonials

‘Fantastic team, always a pleasure to deal with. Efficient, energetic and always happy to pitch together with new clients from different jurisdictions.’

‘CYK remains groundbreaking in its fearlessness in bringing claims.’

‘The team at the firm are excellent – efficient, pro-active and intelligent – and a pleasure to work with.’

‘This is a good team which takes care of its clients.’

‘Sinead O’Callaghan is brilliant to work for and very approachable. Stephen Elam is very popular. Lydia Danon has fantastic energy, a real team player, great with clients.’

‘Steve Elam is an extremely thoughtful lawyer whose measured approach reassures clients and flusters opponents.’

‘I am impressed by Sinead O’Callaghan who has instructed me and is careful and thoughtful and works well with clients.’

‘Stephen Elam has the ability to explain the most complex concepts clearly so that rational decisions can be made. He is always available to discuss issues and he is a great strategist.’

Key clients

Mary Ward House Limited and Timothy Murphy

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a leading specialist firm of commercial disputes lawyers. We specialise in undertaking substantial English Court litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, working for businesses in the UK and abroad as well as for high-net-worth individuals.

We are known for outstanding successes in complex cases thanks to our experience, innovation and tenacity. Our specialist focus assists us to remain free of conflicts of interest, meaning that we can act fearlessly against most financial institutions and substantial multinational companies.

The firm: Since our foundation in 2009 we have built a formidable reputation for achieving results for our clients in high-value commercial disputes, including both court litigation and international arbitration cases. Offering a combination of commercialism, strategic thinking and tenacity, we are also able to act creatively and flexibly in a way that sets us apart from our competitors. Our commitment to retaining our boutique size and focus means we also offer exceptional, personalized service.

We are known for our adroit handling of complex cases, and our specialist focus assists us to avoid the conflicts of interest often experienced by larger firms with transactional departments, meaning that we can act fearlessly against most financial institutions and substantial multinational companies.

Our reputation was built initially on landmark high-profile cases against major UK banks, but we now offer a broad range of commercial dispute resolution expertise. In addition to our work in the field of banking and financial services (including benchmark manipulation claims, brokerage disputes, and regulatory issues), we have significant expertise in partnership and corporate disputes, trade disputes, civil fraud, and international arbitration across a wide range of industries and jurisdictions.

CYK is a destination of choice for referrals from leading international law firms and barrister chambers, as well as from elsewhere in the professional services sector. CYK is proud of its reputation for being a tenacious firm, helping clients to achieve significant success in high-value, (and sometimes high-profile) claims.

Types of work undertaken: CYK undertakes a range of complex and high-value commercial and corporate litigation and international arbitration for domestic and international corporates, private equity houses, hedge funds, professional services firms and high-net-worth individuals, as well as various forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, such as mediation.

CYK’s areas of specialist expertise include civil fraud, international arbitration, professional negligence, partnership and corporate disputes, financial sector disputes, technology disputes and alternative dispute resolution. The firm acts in cases across a broad range of markets and industry sectors. A significant proportion of the firm’s work has an international element and the firm has particular experience and connections with the following jurisdictions: USA, EU, India, Russia/CIS, The Middle East and Offshore.

CYK has acted in a number of groundbreaking cases in recent years. The work of the firm has been praised in  the main legal directories and its lawyers have been named as some of the top legal professionals in the UK.

Department Name Email Telephone
Civil and commercial disputes Sinead O'Callaghan
Financial services regulatory Stephen Elam
Financial, banking and hedge fund disputes Philip Young
Financial, banking and hedge fund disputes Stephen Elam
International arbitration and alternative dispute resolution Philip Young
IT, telecoms and outsourcing disputes Sinead O'Callaghan
IT, telecoms and outsourcing disputes Sam Roberts
Partnership, LLP and corporate disputes Philip Young
Professional negligence Sinead O'Callaghan
Commodity and international trade Gerald Cooke
Commodity and international trade Philip Young
Insurance and reinsurance disputes Gerald Cooke
Insurance and reinsurance disputes Philip Young
International arbitration and alternative dispute resolution Daniel Burbeary
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Daniel Burbeary  photo Mr Daniel Burbeary Partner at CYK
Mr Robert Coffey  photo Mr Robert Coffey Managing Partner of CYK
Ms Lydia Danon  photo Ms Lydia Danon Partner at CYK
Mr Stephen Elam  photo Mr Stephen Elam Partner at CYK
Ms Sinead O’Callaghan  photo Ms Sinead O’Callaghan Partner
Mr Philip Young  photo Mr Philip Young Partner and co-founder of CYK
Number of UK lawyers : 28
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The firm is proud of the diversity across all levels of its fee earners. One third of the firm’s fee earning partners and about half of its associates are female. A partner and a number of associates are in the LGBT community and we have five BAME associates. We are also very international with associates and paralegals from India, Russia, Greece, Romania, New Zealand and Australia to name but a few and speak a wide range of languages.