Mr Stephen Elam > Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution; Litigation; Banking Litigation; Fraud Civil; International Arbitration; Partnership; Financial Services




Barlow Lyde & Gilbert – associate 2003-2007, Fulbright & Jaworski – senior associate, 2008 – 2010, MF Global – in-house litigation/contentious regulatory, 2011-2014, Cooke Young & Keidan – senior associate then partner, 2014 to date.


Stephen is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the London Solicitors Litigation Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a boutique firm, dedicating its focus to financial and commercial disputes. The firm has been engaged on a number of complex cryptocurrency matters and is also acclaimed for its capabilities in fit and proper person, AML issue and market abuse affairs, among other alleged FCA Handbook breaches. Stephen Elam serves as the primary contact.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

(Next Generation Partners)

Stephen ElamCooke, Young & Keidan LLP

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP  is well-known for its work acting for clients in litigation against major banks, including representing them in both arbitration and court proceedings. The litigation boutique is adept at handling claims of misrepresentation, misselling and fraud, including follow-on proceedings from regulatory action, and also defends clients against enforcement proceedings brought by banks.  Elsewhere, the practice has a growing presence in disputes pertaining to fintech and cryptocurrency. Key figures in the practice include Sinead O’Callaghan, who has expertise handling disputes pertaining to a broad range of financial instruments; and Stephen Elam, who gets ‘to the kernal of an issue’ and draws on his past experience in-house at a derivatives brokerage to act on matters involving complex products. The practice brought on Natalie Todd and Jon Felce from PCB Byrne in April 2022, both of whom win praise from clients. Philip Young, a ‘doyen of the London boutique litigation market’, is now a consultant to the firm and taking a mid-career break.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Next Generation Partners)

Stephen ElamCooke, Young & Keidan LLP

Litigation boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP has the ‘experience and aptitude to take on and win against the biggest players‘. Utilising its commercial and banking expertise, as well as its increasing technology capabilities, the firm has continued to cement its reputation for fintech and venture capital-related disputes. Sinead O’Callaghan, Stephen Elam and Lydia Danon are the key senior contacts. Consultant Philip Young – ‘an exceptional intellect‘ – is currently taking a mid-career break.