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    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 (including appearing as specialist chancery counsel in divorce proceedings in the Family Court).

    Alina has been instructed in cases in the DIFC (Dubai), Bermuda, Isle of Man, Guernsey, and the BVI. She is also registered to appear as an advocate before the DIFC Courts and has recently appeared unled in the DIFC Court. As well as acting as counsel, Alina is currently acting as a tribunal secretary in an LCIA arbitration.

    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[2018] 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 [2018] EWHC 2963 (Ch) and [2020] EWHC 3607 (Ch): acted for Bupa throughout this 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 [2020] DIFC CA 001: acted as junior counsel in an appeal relating to a commercial lease in the DIFC (led by Tom Montagu-Smith QC)
    • Advised (led by Michael Black QC) in relation to redemption of bearer shares in the BVI
    • Acted as specialist chancery counsel in a number of matrimonial finance matters (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 [2018] DIFC CFI 011 and [2018] 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.

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    • Arbitration

      Alina recently acted, as junior counsel, in an ICC arbitration (applying UAE law) relating to the termination of an oil rig contract.

      She is currently acting as a tribunal secretary in an LCIA arbitration (London seat, English law) in 7 consolidated arbitrations arising out of demerger of multinational group of companies.

    • Aviation

      Alina regularly represents defendant airlines in claims made by passengers for compensation under EU Regulation 261/2004 and the Montreal Convention: settling pleadings for such claims (under the CPR and the European Small Claims Procedure) and appearing in the County Court.

      Other experience of the aviation sector includes:

      • Assisting in the preparation for trial of a claim by an aircraft lessor for unpaid hire, breaches of the lease and breaches of a guarantee
      • Assisting in drafting a claim form, order and skeleton argument to support an application for delivery up of aircraft
    • Banking and Financial Services

      In the course of her secondment, Alina assisted on Aldersgate & Ors v Bank of Scotland & Anor [2018] EWHC 2601 (Comm), a claim in excess of £100 million, alleging fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation arising out of benchmark manipulation.

    • Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery

      Alina has been instructed on various matters concerning allegations of fraud and dishonesty, including:

      • Advising in relation to a potential claim of fraud and/or conspiracy in the context of property development projects
      • Drafting a claim brought by an art dealer seeking the return of artworks which had been consigned on the basis of alleged fraudulent misrepresentations

      Alina also gained a broad experience civil fraud disputes during pupillage, including a multimillion pound claim in the Commercial Court for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising out of the sale of the personal injury law firm.

    • Commercial Litigation

      Alina has been instructed to advise, draft pleadings and appear in court on a wide range of contractual and business disputes. Most recently, she has acted for Bupa, led by Edward Cumming QC and Adam Cloherty, in Advinia Care Homes Limited v Bupa Care Homes Investments (Holdings) Limited & others. The case arose out of an urgent mandatory injunction application and is an ongoing multi-million pound dispute relating to the takeover of various care homes by another healthcare provider.

      Other experience includes:

      • Acting, as sole counsel, for a former director in a claim against the company for sums due pursuant to an oral agreement regarding the sale of a division of the business
      • Acting, as junior counsel, in a dispute arising out of an alleged joint venture involving companies in England, the PRC and the Isle of Man
      • Assisting in drafting an opinion on a claim for an introductory commission on the basis of either an oral contract or unjust enrichment
      • Assisting in drafting advice on s. 35 Limitation Act 1980 for an $18 million claim based on the misappropriation of assets in a foreign jurisdiction
      • Assisting in drafting particulars of claim in an action for specific performance of an agreement between a property developer and two mobile phone network operators to relocate their equipment to allow development works to proceed
    • Company

      Alina regularly appears in applications brought under the Companies Act 2006  in both the County Court and High Court and has provided advice on a wide range of company law matters.

      Other experience includes assisting in:

      • Advising a BVI company on potential claims against a former director for breach of fiduciary duties
      • Acting, as junior counsel, in an unfair prejudice petition and a cross-petition relating to joint venture companies set up for property development projects
      • Drafting an opinion on a claim for breach of duty against the former directors of a charitable company
      • Drafting a skeleton argument in an action (i) seeking a declaration as to the voting rights in a residential management company and (ii) asking the court to call a general meeting
      • Drafting advice on a supposed forfeiture of shares in a residential management company for failure to pay sinking fund contributions
    • Insolvency

      Alina has been instructed in a wide range of corporate and personal insolvency proceedings in the High Court and County Court, including applications for injunctions to restrain the presentation of a winding up petition and applications for annulment or rescission of bankruptcy orders.

      She has also recently advised, together with leading counsel, on the validity of joint liquidators’ appointment in respect of a Bermudan company.

      Other experience includes assisting in:

      • Drafting a skeleton argument for an appeal against a decision not to grant permission to bring a misfeasance claim under Paragraph 75(6), Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act 1986
      • Drafting an opinion on whether the transfer of a settlor’s assets into a trust set up as a tax planning measure constituted a transaction defrauding creditors pursuant to s. 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986
      • Drafting a defence to a conversion claim against administrators personally
    • Real Estate Litigation

      Alina has recently acted as junior counsel (led by Tom Montagu-Smith QC) in a long running dispute which concerned a commercial lease in the DIFC, Vegie Bar LLC v Emirates National Bank of Dubai Properties.

      Other experience includes assisting in:

      • Drafting an opinion for a loan provider regarding a property that a vendor was claiming a lien over and which was not fully constructed
      • Advising on how easements can be created by prescription
      • Drafting an opinion for a prospective lessee of a unit in a shopping centre considering whether their plan to knock down a canopy surrounding the unit would interfere with a right of access of a lessor of another unit
      • Drafting an opinion advising on whether a conditional contract for the sale of a piece of land had been validly assigned and validly varied to extend the term
    • Trusts, Probate & Estates

      Alina recently appeared as sole counsel in a Financial Dispute Resolution hearing in a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

      She is also currently acting, as sole counsel, for a beneficiary of a trust in a claim for an account from a trustee.

      In the course of her practice and whilst on secondment, Alina has acquired experience of:

      • Claims in relation to the administration of trusts, including applications for accounts and the disclosure of trust information
      • Claims for the removal of trustees and personal representatives
      • Contentious probate actions involving formal and/or substantive validity issues
      • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
      • Disputes concerning co-ownership of homes

    Other information

    • Academic History
      • 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)
    • Languages

      Russian (Native)