Virginia Cooper

Partner

  • Profile
  • I am a partner in the Litigation; Advisory and Regulatory department in London and I lead the firm's insolvency and restructuring practice.

    I have a particular interest in the local government sector and I act for a large number of public bodies including local authorities, regulators, NHS Trusts and Ombudsmen in resolving complex commercial, regulatory and public law disputes. I specialise in collective actions for large groups of clients, advising on all aspects of litigation including mediations, High Court proceedings and judicial reviews. My work often encompasses jurisdictional issues and I have a wealth of experience in financial services disputes.

    Publications

    I regularly contribute articles to the Local Government Chronicle and the Local Government Lawyer.

    Seminars:

    I regularly speak on all aspects of litigation to clients across all sectors of local authorities and ombudsman.

    Career Highlights

    • I represented all UK local authorities affected by the collapse of the Icelandic Banks in 2008 to secure the return of almost £1.4bn of much needed funds for local authorities. My work on these cases led to Bevan Brittan ranking as Highly Regarded in the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2009 and being shortlisted for the Legal Business Awards Litigation Team of the Year 2012 and the Lawyer Litigation Team of the Year 2012.
    • Selected for the Lawyers Hot 100 in 2012
    • Advising the Local Government Association and its 365 member authorities in a multi-party action brought by personal search companies against all local authorities in England and Wales as well as central Government and the Welsh Assembly. 

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