Education: MA (Cantab)
Languages: Working knowledge of French and Spanish
Edward has practised since 1973 in the field of general commercial and chancery dispute resolution and advice. He co-founded Chambers in 1975 and was Head of 11 Stone Buildings from October 2004 till January 2015. He has sat as a Recorder since 2000. Although the vast majority of his work comes from solicitors or foreign lawyers, he does also undertake licensed and public access work.
Over the years he has established a formidable reputation and has appeared in many reported decisions ranging from the House of Lords and Privy Council to the Court of Appeal and courts of first instance. Whilst his practice concentrates on the areas of commercial contracts of all kinds, partnerships and LLPs, company and insolvency, professional negligence and civil fraud, within those areas his practice is wide-ranging, which enables him to advise and act with confidence in multidisciplinary cases.
His experience and expertise gained over many years of practice means that he is regularly instructed in cases which would otherwise require the services of a QC. Moreover, he is noted for combining an excellent legal brain, good judgment, commerciality and a very approachable manner with an extremely conscientious approach towards research and preparation, persuasively presented paperwork and forceful and astute advocacy. His skills and reputation in all these aspects are reflected by the testimonials of him included in recent years in the legal directories.
Those descriptions have included references to his having “one of the most incisive legal brains at the Bar”, being “a tactical and polished advocate”, “having a delightful manner with clients” and being “a delight to work with” and a “ star in all areas”, with “the ability to call things correctly” and “written work which is second to none”, bringing “strong commercial understanding to a case” and being “very thorough, bright and quite formidable”.
What others say
Edward has been recommended as a leading commercial chancery practitioner by Chambers UK for many years. Legal 500 recommends him as a leading junior for partnership matters, where his expertise contributed to 11 SB being ranked as a leading set for company & partnership in Legal 500 2013. Testimonials include:
[Edward Cohen] has a wealth of experience in the Chancery courts, and regularly handles partnership, company and insolvency disputes. Expertise: "He has good analytical skills and brings strong commercial understanding to a case." "He is very thorough, bright and quite formidable."Recent work: He was involved in a claim against former directors of ES Group, alleging breaches of duty relating to ventures connected with the Delhi Commonwealth Games and 2022 World Cup bid by Qatar. (Chancery commercial - Chambers UK and Chambers Global 2015)
"An encylopaedic knowledge of the law and various case issues." (Company - Legal 500 2014)
Maintains a broad and impressive practice covering the full range of commercial chancery matters. Expertise: "I consider him to be a star in all areas. He has the ability to call things correctly, his style is understated yet firm, and his written work is second to none." (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2014 and Chambers Global 2014)