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  • … a really switched on Lawyer who could communicate in straightforward terms that the layman could easily understand.

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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).

What we say about Ed

Ed has a background of working for big city law firms, enabling client teams to deliver some of the biggest and most challenging projects. He uses this experience to his clients’ best advantage in whatever he does. Ed’s focus on the IT infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors is highly influenced by his personal interests, and he takes care to ensure his legal advice is given with the benefit of industry knowledge; creative, precise advice tailored to his client’s specific circumstances and objectives.

Ed has become a regular advisor to companies operating in the data centre sector, as one of the sector’s very few specialist lawyers. In this role he advises on a wide range of contractual agreements – funding, construction, operations, utility and telecoms provision, customer agreements and disposals/acquisitions.

In terms of his construction and engineering expertise, Ed has worked on projects involving different types of assets: ranging from luxury hotels, high end retail stores, and residential developments through to energy and transport projects, and healthcare provision.

Ed worked in-house as one of the principal lawyers working for the Olympic Delivery Authority to help the team deliver the venues, Olympic Park and infrastructure in order to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In that role, he assumed a very wide range of commercial and legal responsibilities, teaching all about law in a business context.

What others say about Ed


  • 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‘.
  • Ed’s work ‘stands out where there is construction work with technology or IT issues involved‘ according to The Legal 500 in 2015.
  • The work of Ed and his team also received a commendation from the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers award in 2013.
  • Ed was selected by peer level lawyers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom® 2015 and 2016-17 in the field of construction law.



After studying law at Cardiff and Nottingham, Ed trained at DLA Piper and became its youngest partner at the age of 32. He then moved to Bird & Bird to head up their construction team, prior to joining McCarthy Denning.

In relation to data centres, Ed acts for many of the leading data centre developers and operators in the UK and internationally (names confidential).

Other career highlights include:

  • Acting for the Olympic Delivery Authority to help deliver the £9.6bn venues, Olympic Park and infrastructure in order to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Led negotiations in relation to the Aquatics Centre, Basketball, Hockey, Water Polo, International Broadcast Centre and Press Centre, and the remediation of the Olympic Park area.
  • Acting for Agility Trains in relation to the c £9bn upgrade of the East Coast Main Line.
  • Acting for a major defence contractor on a multi billion pound project to deliver training facilities and services.
  • Acting for Selfridges Plc on the construction of its Future Systems-designed department store in Birmingham, and with various designers on refurbishments to areas of the Oxford Street and Manchester stores. In the luxury retail sector, Ed has also acted for Burberry and for boutiques established in the Harrods department store.
  • Acting for the Mayborne Group in relation to the refurbishment of hotels such as The Savoy, Claridges, The Berkeley and Marriott Grosvenor Square. In the hospitality sector, Ed has also acted on the purchase of the Hilton Metropole and on the funding and development of a number of other hotel and leisure properties.
  • Acting for a large number of office and mixed use developers on a number of landmark projects.
  • Acting for various residential property developers on a variety of projects and around London, including large scale student accommodation projects (such as Nido).
  • Acting for King’s College Hospital on various PFI and development projects. In the healthcare sectors, Ed has acted for a number of care home and private health care providers, and the funders of a number of PFI projects.