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Year of Call: 1972

E: edwardcohen@enterprisechambers.com

T: 0207 4059471

Clerk: Michael Ireland

Clerk: Luke Clark

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Edward has practised since 1973 in the field of general commercial and chancery dispute resolution and advice. He co-founded his previous Chambers, 11 Stone Buildings, in 1975 and was Head of Chambers from October 2004 until January 2015. He joined Enterprise Chambers in October 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 become highly respected, appearing 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 (both domestic and international), 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 judgement, tactical acumen, commerciality and a very approachable manner with an extremely conscientious approach towards research and preparation, persuasively presented and carefully crafted paperwork and forceful and astute advocacy of the highest standard. His skills and reputation in all these aspects and the truly excellent service which he provides 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”; being “a delight to work with” and a “star in all areas”, with “the ability to call things correctly”; producing “written work which is second to none”; bringing “strong commercial understanding to a case”; being “very thorough, bright and quite formidable”; and offering “excellent legal analysis combined with shrewd commercial judgment”.

  • Excellent, with a natural technical ability. He reaches the right answer before anyone else.

    Chambers & Partners 2020
  • Excellent advocate, first-class tactician and always a fast turnaround.

    Chambers & Partners 2020
  • A very impressive, thorough advocate, who prepares everything meticulously before court and is calm and confident on his feet...
    His written work is excellent and his service is fantastic. Clients are so impressed by him.

    Chambers & Partners 2019
  • Often instructed on cases that would otherwise call for a silk.

    Legal 500 2019
  • He is formidable. He’s not a silk, but he’s often used as such by solicitors, as he has both assurance and skill, and is very, very conscientious.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • Offers excellent legal analysis combined with shrewd commercial judgement.

    Chambers & Partners 2017
  • Highly rated for advising on complex commercial contracts.
    Highly recommended for partnership disputes.
    An excellent lawyer for an in-depth review.

    Legal 500 2017
  • His intellect and drafting skills are second to none. He's the finished article.

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • A star who consistently performs well and connects with clients.
    Clients are very impressed by him.
    Absolutely at his best, leading a team in complex litigation.

    Legal 500 2016
  • A strategist of rare quality; he combines excellent legal knowledge with commercial awareness.

    Legal 500 2015
  • Impeccable judgement and his insights often help shape the strategy from the outset.
    He has good analytical skills and brings strong commercial understanding to a case.
    He is very thorough, bright and quite formidable.

    Chambers & Partners 2015
  • An encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and various case issues.

    Legal 500 2014
  • “....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.

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Career and Associations

Member of the Commercial Bar Association

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Recorder: Appointed 2000. Criminal and Civil tickets and Chancery ticket at Central London

Member of Middle Temple (1972) and Lincoln’s Inn (1975)

Harmsworth Exhibition (Middle Temple)

J.J. Powell Prize (for top Middle Templar in Bar Finals)

MA (Modern Languages and Law)

King’s College, Cambridge (Entrance Exhibition)

Clifton College, Bristol