Alina joined Chambers in 2017 and has a broad commercial chancery practice, regularly representing clients in commercial, company, trust, and insolvency disputes. She regularly appears in court in her own right, as well as taking instructions as junior counsel as part of a larger counsel team. Alina has been instructed in cases in the DIFC in Dubai, Guernsey, and the BVI, which she combines with her domestic practice.
As well as appearing regularly in the County Court and High Court, she has experience of acting as specialist chancery counsel in divorce proceedings in the Family Court.
In the course of two secondments Alina also gained valuable experience of the other side of the profession, whilst assisting on:
- Aldersgate & Ors v Bank of Scotland & Anor EWHC 2601 (Comm), a Commercial Court claim in excess of £100 million, alleging fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation arising out of benchmark manipulation.
- A range of trust and probate disputes, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and over estate and trust administration.
Alina provides advice, drafting, and advocacy at all stages of litigious disputes, and offers clients practical advice and solutions. She has been praised by clients for her thorough preparation, effective advocacy and ability to explain complicated points in a concise and easy to understand manner.
Prior to undertaking her pupillage, Alina spent a year at the Court of Appeal as a Judicial Assistant to The Rt.Hon. Sir Terence Etherton, the Chancellor of the High Court at the time. Whilst there, she worked on a number of cases spanning a wide range of legal areas including VAT, taxation of loan relationships, rights of common, competition and shipping.
Examples of Alina’s recent work include:
- Advinia Care Homes Limited v Bupa Care Homes Investments (Holdings) Limited & others  EWHC 2963 (Ch)and (ongoing): acting for Bupa in an ongoing multi-million pound dispute arising from the takeover of various care homes by another healthcare provider (led by Edward Cumming QC and Adam Cloherty).
- Vegie Bar LLC v Emirates National Bank of Dubai Properties: acting as junior counsel in an ongoing dispute relating to a commercial lease in the DIFC (led by Tom Montagu-Smith QC)
- Advising (led by Michael Black QC) in relation to redemption of bearer shares in the BVI
- Acting as specialist chancery counsel in a matrimonial finance matter (led by family counsel Sally Harrison QC), advising on the prospects of an application to vary a number of trusts pursuant to s.24(1)(c) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.
- Acted as junior counsel on an unfair prejudice petition and a cross-petition relating to joint venture companies set up for property development projects (led by Daniel Warents).
- Akhmedova v Akhmedov DIFC CFI 011;  DIFC CA 003: acted in respect of a major asset tracing exercise arising out of the largest divorce award ever granted by the English High Court, namely taking steps to enforce that award against MV ‘Luna’, a superyacht valued at in excess of $450 million, in the DIFC (led by Michael Black QC and Andrew Holden).
Further details of Alina’s experience are set out below.
Areas of experience
- BA Jurisprudence, University College, Oxford
- BPTC (Outstanding), BPP Holborn
Scholarships and Prizes
- Megarry Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
- Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
- Lord Denning Scholarship and Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
- Pinsent Masons Prize for best performance in Taxation Law Finals (University of Oxford)
- Simmons & Simmons Prize (University College)