We are pleased to announce that partner Ed Cooke has joined our team in London. Ed focuses on the procurement, finance, design and construction of domestic and international property and infrastructure projects.  His arrival brings an additional dimension to Bird & Bird’s focus sectors including IT, sports, financial services, communications and energy.

Ed’s particular expertise in the development of data centres allows us to provide our clients in this market with an end-to-end service, complementing Bird & Bird’s existing strength in data centre operation and management and the related legal issues around cloud computing.  His expertise in the area is demonstrated by his position as the only lawyer member of the Executive Board of the European Data Centre Association.

Ed has also established a strong reputation in the sports sector, having been the principal lawyer on four of the five main Olympic Park venues.  He was placed on secondment with the Olympic Delivery Authority for two years, and has gained useful experience of working within a high-profile public sector organisation.

Co-head of the International Real Estate Group Jonathan Baker commented: “Ed’s arrival is great news for the International Real Estate Practice Group. Our practice is a key provision for our sector groups and Ed’s experience with data centres, energy and sports projects perfectly complement our team.”

Ed Cooke added: “I am very excited to join Bird & Bird.  For me it was an easy decision as Bird & Bird has excellent credentials in my main market sectors. I bring an added dimension to the firm’s existing offering with my background and I’m looking forward to exciting and busy times ahead as we identify further opportunities.”