A. E. Verona Cocks

Verona Cocks - Joint Managing Partner - Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution


Joint Managing Partner
Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution

email: verona.cocks@paddleandcocks.co.uk
London: 0203 7456535 · Truro: 01872 672072
LinkedIn LinkedIn: veronacocks

Profile:
Verona qualified in 1998 having done an internship with a law firm in the United States. She practised in the Midlands for 12 years working for Martineau Johnson LLP, where she was an associate, and culminating with her appointment as the 100th partner and head of Commercial Dispute Resolution and Insolvency, a department she developed from scratch, in the Midlands offices of a now top 45 national firm, Weightmans LLP. Verona then joined Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP, a niche banking and finance firm in Watford and London, where she was a partner for 4 years acting for major city banks and financial institutions. In 2014 Verona joined Coodes LLP to develop and head up its Commercial Dispute Resolution department and for the last 2 years she has been working as a Consultant Lawyer for Setfords and Michelmores, before founding Paddle & Cocks LLP, with Penny Paddle.

Expertise:
Verona has a wealth of experience in commercial dispute resolution and insolvency litigation. She has acted for a range of private sector clients from SMEs to FTSE 100 companies with household names as well as organisations in the public sector. In addition, Verona has represented financial institutions including banks, asset finance houses and subprime lenders. Her expertise includes complex contractual disputes, partnership disputes, banking and finance litigation, fraud, shareholder disputes, injunctive relief and mediation. She advises on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency including undervalue and preference claims, wrongful trading and ROT disputes. She deals with property and agricultural disputes in relation to recovery of land, agricultural banking disputes, and disputed farm tenancies, as well as construction and engineering disputes. In respect of the latter examples include the malfunction of a combined heat and power unit, defective transformers for powering vast complexes and product liability for the supply and fitting of a defective switchboard in an electrical installation.

Specifically:

  • partnership, company and contractual disputes, warranty claims
  • banking and finance disputes
  • shareholders’ actions
  • commercial property litigation (including commercial landlord & tenant and agricultural disputes)
  • insolvency – administration, liquidation, bankruptcy
  • intellectual property disputes
  • commercial defamation
  • construction and engineering disputes
  • enforcement of foreign judgments and cross jurisdictional claims

Accreditations:

  • Described as “tactically astute” by the Legal 500, 2010 edition
  • Verona is a Fellow of R3 Business Recovery Professionals and a former member of the Institute of Directors
  • One of four finalists nominated for Commercial Solicitor of the Year 2009 and Commercial Solicitor of the Year 2010 at the Birmingham Law Society Awards
  • Shortlisted finalist for Woman in Law in the Woman of their Way Awards 2010
  • Referenced in Sealy & Milman’s Annotated Guide to Insolvency
  • Reported cases include Fresh ‘N’ Clean (Wales) Ltd v Miah (2006) LTL 3/10/2006(breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, carousel fraud) and Fresh ‘N’ Clean (Wales) Ltd v Miah [2005] All ER (D) 368 (Apr) carousel fraud, civil procedure, application of CPR Part 14 (judgment on admission)
  • Member of the Law Society and Cornwall Law Society

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