ED COOKE

Creative, pragmatic, commercially astute, problem-solver. Broad commercial contracts experience, internationally and in the UK, and specialising in construction, engineering and everything to do with IT infrastructure (data centres, "Smart Cities" and the like). Ed’s ‘specialist expertise’ was recognised in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500, where he is described as ‘creative and commercially pragmatic‘. In the 2014 edition, he is described as ‘first class‘.

LOCATION: London, United Kingdom

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN: England & Wales

CURRENT FIRM: McCarthy Denning

PRIOR FIRM(S): DLA Piper  |  Bird & Bird

LAW SCHOOL: Nottingham Law School

ADVANCED DEGREES: Dip LP (Diploma in Legal Practice) LPC / LLB Law (Hons)

HONORS AND AWARDS: Legal 500, Best Lawyers, FT Innovative Lawyers, Global Law Experts

PRACTICE AREA(S):

Construction

(Transactions, Federal Contracts, Litigation, Public Construction, Transactions, Vessel Construction)

Telecommunications

(Commercial Transactions, Financing)

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

(Governance and Compliance)

INDUSTRY: Two main strands to my work - construction and IT infrastructure. Construction - Helped finance, procure and deliver real estate developments (residential, hotel, retail, sports, healthcare, public) and infrastructure (transport/energy/telecoms/smart cities). IT infrastructure - Recognised expert in critical IT infrastructure (data centres and fibre). Undertake general commercial work in this sector (customer contracts, telecoms supply, etc.) Frequently work on projects internationally. I have worked on projects, small and large, the largest having a value of £12bn (total project value). Main lawyer for the Olympic Delivery Authority delivering venues and infrastructure in order to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Legal Project Practitioner with the Institute of Legal Project Management. Member of the International Bar Association and the Society of Construction Law.

NOTABLE ROLES/EXPERIENCE: Olympic Delivery Authority / Major UK rail upgrade / Selfridges / Savoy and Claridges Hotels / Blackstone Real Estate / Digital Realty Trust


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