Robert Tiffen

Senior Associate

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Kingfisher House, 1 Gilders Way, Off Barrack Street, Norwich, NR3 1UB

Robert is noted as being "very thorough and has a good commercial understanding," according to sources.

Chambers [UK 2017]


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.

Robert is based in our Norwich office.

Other Information

Robert is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016]. In the 2015 edition, clients said that Robert does a "fantastic job" and that he is “commended for being "trustworthy and knowledgeable," with one client mentioning that Tiffen is "extremely swift in responding and always comes back with a considered response".

Robert is also listed as an 'Associate to watch' by Chambers [UK 2017].  He is well-versed in soft IP and franchising disputes; he also has experience in commercial contract disputes and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Recommended Lawyer Legal 500 2016