Lawyer Profile Detail
University of Alberta
British Columbia, 2011
Alex Cocks is a partner in our Litigation Group in Vancouver and a member of the firm’s National Class Actions Group. She has experience in complex commercial litigation cases, including class action defence, disputes regarding insurance coverage, financial services, real estate, shareholder disputes, including oppression claims, and construction. She also advises clients on lobbying laws. She brings a responsive, client-focused and results-oriented approach to each file.
Alex has experience representing clients at all levels of court in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada and in international and domestic commercial arbitrations.
Alex defends clients in a variety of class actions, often on cross-provincial teams, including privacy, products liability, price-fixing, and securities class actions.
She is the Co-Chair of the Class Actions subsection of the Canadian Bar Association of the BC Branch and she frequently delivers legal education presentations on current class action topics. She is a contributing author to the book Defending Class Actions: A Guide for Defendants, 4th Edition, published by Lexis Nexis. She is also the editor of the class action blogpost “Canadian Class Actions Monitor.”
Financial Services Litigation
Alex frequently represents financial institutions in a variety of matters, including claims against departing financial advisors in breach of non-solicitation agreements and misuse of confidential information; defending against claims of improper supervision of financial advisors and allegations of unsuitable investments; IIROC investigations, and defending claims in relation to a Ponzi scheme.
Alex advises and assists policyholders with insurance coverage issues in connection with their businesses in a variety of industries. She is a member of the Insurance Law section of the Canadian Bar Association.
Real Estate and Construction
Alex has experience in real estate and construction litigation matters. She has represented individuals and developers in various disputes, including in relation to closing terms, trespass and specific performance claims.
Alex received her BA (Hons) in 2006 from McGill University in Political Science and her LLB (with distinction) in 2009 from the University of Alberta, where she was the recipient of the Sydney B. Woods QC Memorial Prize in Constitutional Law, the Stemp & Company Prize in Intellectual Property Law, the Justice Cecilia Johnstone Equality Award and other awards.
From 2009 to 2010, she clerked for six justices at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver. She is a past board member of the Vancouver Bar Association. She is also a past course coordinator for the Advanced Trial Advocacy Course at the UBC Faculty of Law.
McCarthy Tétrault announces the fourth edition of Defending Class Actions in Canada: A Guide for Defendants