Commercial Disputes

Verona Cocks - Partner at Paddle & Cocks - Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution

A.E. Verona Cocks

Joint Managing Partner & Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution


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Established in 2018, boutique firm Paddle & Cocks LLP’s commercial litigation team frequently handles shareholder and contractual disputes with a focus on representing clients based across Cornwall, Birmingham, London and the North. ‘Tenacious’ managing partner Verona Cocks is a key contact. Legal 500 2022 Ed

Paddle and Cocks are highly competent, proactive and insightful. I have been impressed with their ability to combine specialist knowledge and experience regarding potential litigation with sound commercial understanding and judgement to place us in the most advantageous position to negotiate a satisfactory outcome.’ Legal 500 2022 E

Given the diverse commercial culture it’s unsurprising that businesses find themselves at one point or another in a dispute. Even the most well managed experience issues with their customers, suppliers, and / or competitors, to name but a few. It’s part of life’s rich fabric that we don’t all share the same perspective, but this can also lead to internal issues such as partnership disputes and shareholder activism.

We understand that a dispute can unnecessarily take up too much time, proving costly and potentially damaging to the business. Early engagement with us together with quality advice can help minimise such disruption and expense. With a pragmatic approach we partner with you to understand your business drivers to find the appropriate solution.

We aim to resolve disputes without Court proceedings through tactical advice, negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. If, however, Court proceedings are required we will guide you through the tricky litigation landscape. We have extensive experience managing high value, complex disputes over a variety of sectors as well as dealing cost effectively with smaller claims.

We also know that cost will be a key consideration. With that in mind we will provide you with an estimate at the outset and for each stage as the matter progresses, so that the costs are transparent, allowing you to remain in control of the spend. Our business model facilitates flexible pricing structures enabling competitive hourly rates, fix fee packages and consideration of funding arrangements, where appropriate.

We offer specialist advice on all forms of commercial disputes and all aspects commercial litigation, including but not limited to:

  • partnership, company and contractual disputes
  • banking and finance disputes
  • shareholders’ actions – unfair prejudice
  • cross jurisdictional claims, enforcement of foreign judgments
  • commercial property litigation (including commercial landlord & tenant)
  • agricultural disputes
  • professional negligence
  • engineering and construction disputes
  • intellectual property disputes – trade mark infringement and passing off
  • commercial defamation
  • disputes in the utilities sector
  • warranty claims and disputes in connection with share sales and company assets

Call today on 0333 3449429 or email us for a no obligation consultation.