Education: MA (Cantab)
Languages: Working knowledge of French and Spanish
Edward has practised in commercial and chancery litigation, arbitrations and advisory work since 1973. 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.
He has a particular expertise in:
- Commercial contracts
- Partnerships and LLPs
- Company and insolvency
- Professional negligence
- Civil fraud
Within these areas his practice is wide-ranging which enables him to advise and act in multi-disciplinary cases.
An experienced practitioner and forceful advocate, he has appeared in reported decisions ranging from the House of Lords and the Privy Council through the Court of Appeal and courts of first instance.
What others say
Edward has been recommended as a leading commercial chancery practitioner by Chambers UK for several 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 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)
Edward Cohen is valued for "having a delightful manner with clients". He has recently been involved in insolvency proceedings relating to a sizeable law firm based in Gibraltar. (Chancery: commercial – Chambers UK 2013 and Chambers Global 2013)
Distinguished colleague Edward Cohen has a well-deserved reputation at the Chancery Bar and beyond for his work on all manner of commercial chancery cases, ranging from contract and shareholder disputes to property litigation and tax avoidance claims. (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2012 and Chambers Global 2012)
... a set headed by Edward Cohen, a company law, commercial litigation and professional negligence expert who is "probing in his analysis". (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2011)
Head of chambers Edward Cohen is also recommended. Thirty-five years and more at the Bar have made him into "a wise old head who is never likely to be put off his stride". (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2010)
Head of chambers Edward Cohen is seen as a "delight to work with". (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2009)
Edward Cohen is known both for his wealth of experience in chancery-related matters and for his industrious and focused approach. (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2008)
Head of chambers Edward Cohen was unanimously hailed as "a tactical and polished advocate", meriting additional mention as "one of the quiet, legal geniuses of the Bar". (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2007)
"His paperwork is a pleasure", said clients of Edward Cohen who is valued notably for his "measured and conscientious approach". One client commented: "He has one of the most incisive legal brains at the Bar". (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2006)