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[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 (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[2018] DIFC CFI 011; [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.

Areas of experience

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  • 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 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:

    • 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.

    She was recently involved (as part of a counsel team) in an unfair prejudice petition and a cross-petition relating to joint venture companies set up for property development projects.

    Other experience includes assisting in:

    • 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.

    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 been instructed as junior counsel (led by Tom Montagu-Smith QC) in a long running dispute which concerns a commercial lease in the DIFC.

    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

    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.

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)