Private dispute resolution solicitors

Expert solicitors

It is an unfortunate fact of life that even the most cautious of people can become involved in legal disputes with other individuals or businesses, through no fault of their own.

Whether you need to make a claim against another person to enforce your legal rights, or defend a claim made against you, we have the knowledge and experience in a wide range of legal disputes to provide you with sound legal and practical advice.

The law and the court process can be complex and intimidating for people who are not used to it. It can also be stressful, time consuming and expensive. However we pride ourselves on our reputation for providing clear advice, in plain language, to help you understand the legal position and the options available for resolving the dispute. Most importantly, we want to understand your aims and objectives and find the right strategy to achieve the best possible outcome – so that you can get back to normal as soon as possible.

Fighting your corner

Our private dispute resolution solicitors will put forward your case in the strongest possible way and, wherever possible, we use the art of persuasion to encourage settlement. As a result, we are able to resolve many of the disputes we deal with without ever going to court. If, however, settlement is not possible, we are vastly experienced in all types of formal legal action. We use that strength to fight your corner to get the best result for you.

We can also draw on the legal expertise of colleagues in specialist areas of law, which sometimes overlap. This provides our Dispute Resolution team with an even greater ability to handle all types of disputes and enables Verisona Law to provide all manner of private legal services to fit the needs of you and your family.

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Marie Forbes
Solicitor - Historic Abuse/Litigation

Marie Forbes is a Litigation Solicitor. She qualified in 2006 and is currently working in both our Southampton and Portsmouth offices.

Marie has the following areas of specialism: Historic Abuse, Contract Disputes, Professional Negligence against solicitors, architects, project managers, accountants etc, Intellectual Property disputes, Insolvency and Bankruptcy proceedings, Debt Collection, Enforcement of Judgments, Partnership Disputes Shareholder’s disputes and Defamation. Marie acts for both company and individual clients.

Marie was previously involved in a successful and reported case of Professional Negligence against a magic circle firm and has successfully settled numerous cases for termination charges on telecommunications contracts.

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Nigel Cole
Principal Lawyer - Litigation

Nigel leads the Civil Litigation and Personal Injury Team.  He has over 30 years’ experience within his field, having originally worked in the West End of London and later returning to his ‘roots’ in Hampshire.  He deals with civil litigation, personal injury and medical negligence claims.

In the course of his career he has dealt with complex cases and secured substantial settlements for severely disabled people.  He recently finalised a settlement of £2.6 million for a claimant who sustained serious spinal injuries from a fall in the work place.

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Jeremy Paterson
Senior Associate - Dispute Resolution

Jeremy Paterson studied Economic History at the University of Leicester and then spent several years in marketing working for agencies near London. At the age of 28, he made the decision to change career and embarked on a law conversion course and LPC at the College of Law in Guildford.

In 2007, he completed a training contract in which he gained experience of civil litigation – an area of law where he found great interest and enjoyment from overcoming unknown challenges.
‘I found great satisfaction in resolving disputes’ he recalls. ‘I enjoy problem solving, simplifying complex issues, and keeping an eye on what really matters to the client’

After qualifying, Jeremy went on to specialise in civil litigation working for another firm in the Portsmouth area before working for a firm in Southampton. He joined Verisona Law as a Senior Associate in its Commercial Dispute Resolution team early in 2016.

‘I’d had my eye on Verisona Law for a while as it appealed to me from both a legal and marketing perspective,’ he said. ‘Verisona Law has positioned itself in a unique way for the local area and it has earned a great deal of recognition for the range of specialist legal services it offers.’

Client testimonials

“I appreciate all your work and the positive outcome we managed to get and enjoyed working with you.” Anon, June 2020.

“Thank you for all your help in this matter” Anon, April 2020.

“Superb help, advice and support throughout. I was kept informed and updated at every step of my legal journey with Verisona Law. I wholeheartedly recommend their service.” Anon, September 2019

“Jeremy was very efficient and detailed in my case. I would like to thank Verisona for their professionalism, understanding and excellent work to resolve my case; the outcome went over and above expectation.” Anon, August 2019

“I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me as you can probably appreciate it has been a very difficult time for me but I can now move on and enjoy my life again so once again Jeremy thank you.” Anon, June 2019

“Jeremy, thanks for all you and Verisona have done for our company. You were a source of calm in a storm. Your advice, guidance and reassurance helped us see off a serious threat to our company and its Intellectual Property.” Anon, June 2019

“We will continue to support and recommend our clients to Verisona.” Bernard Landi – Landi Accounting, August 2018

“Having recently used Verisona Law to help recover a commercial debt due to us, I would highly recommend them. Jeremy was very professional and helpful, giving information throughout the case, and he was also very calm which really helped us.” Anon, June 2018

“I would like to thank you for the first class service we have received from you. Your advice and the professional way you treated us throughout culminated in a result which, prior to your appointment, seemed a long way away.” Mr Herridge, June 2018

“Many thanks for your help and constant support.” Anon, January 2018

“I was very impressed with your support and advice in this matter.” Anon, February 2018

“Verisona have recently acted on behalf of my company regarding a HSE matter. From the outset it became very apparent to me that they were going to leave no stone unturned. I was kept up to date at any time, day or night, and they were always helpful and reassuring. They provided me with a top London barrister who specialised in HSE matters to represent my company in court. I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work in bringing this matter to a close and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking professional legal help.” Anon, July 2017

“Thanks again to the Verisona team and in particular Jeremy Paterson. It was reassuring to have an expert in my corner whilst navigating the complicated process of chasing an outstanding debt that was owed to our company.” Anon, February 2017

“I was really pleased with the help and support provided by solicitor Jeremy Paterson at Verisona Law. He acted swiftly but concisely with his in-depth knowledge of the law. He covered every possible outcome and kept me updated at every stage of the way without me having to chase him. He went above and beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Really excellent service, achieving a great outcome. I would definitely use Jeremy and Verisona again.” Sarah Dineage – Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service, November 2016

“Thank you very much for your help in this matter, you have personally done a very professional job for me and I very much appreciate the excellent service I have once again received from Verisona.” Anon, October 2016

“Robert and Jeremy provided detailed explanations of legal processes and procedures in an easy to understand style and always made us feel at ease and supported. The dispute was dealt with to our entire satisfaction and we would certainly recommend Verisona Law.” Anon, September 2016