Alina joined Chambers in 2017 and is developing a broad commercial and chancery practice. She has appeared in court in her own right and has also worked with other counsel. She is enthusiastic, hard-working and highly motivated and welcomes instructions in all fields in which Chambers specialises.

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.

Full details of Alina’s experience during pupillage are set out below.

Areas of experience

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  • Aviation
    • Representing the defendant airline in a claims made by a passenger for compensation under EU Regulation 261/2004
    • 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
    • Drafting a claim form, order and skeleton argument to support an application for delivery up of aircraft
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Drafting an opinion on a claim for an introductory commission on the basis of either an oral contract or unjust enrichment
    • Drafting a defence and counterclaim in a claim by an by assignee of a party to a publishing agreement
    • Drafting a defence to a conversion claim against administrators personally
    • 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 the preparation of submissions on costs to the Court of Appeal
    • 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
    • Drafting a framework particulars of claim for breach of contract, breach of warranty, misrepresentation, deceit and conspiracy in the context of a joint venture in natural gas extraction
    • Drafting particulars of claim in an action by an LLP to recover expenses dishonestly claimed by a former member
  • Company
    • 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 the method by which a company secretary in a private limited company can be removed
    • Drafting advice on a supposed forfeiture of shares in a residential management company for failure to pay sinking fund contributions
    • Drafting a skeleton for a without notice application for an interim injunction to restrain presentation of a petition to wind up the client company
  • Insolvency
    • Appearing for petitioning creditors and debtors in winding-up petitions
    • Drafting a skeleton argument for an appeal against a decision not to grant permission to bring a misfeasance claim under Paragraph 75(6), Sch B1 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
    • Assisting in the preparation of submissions ahead of a hearing in a cross-border insolvency case
  • Professional Negligence
    • Drafting a reply on behalf of a charitable company in a claim against solicitors who acted for it in the acquisition of a property
    • Drafting an opinion for a mortgagee advising on a potential claim against conveyancing solicitors who failed to check whether planning permission/building regulations approval had been received for the conversion of a single dwelling house into five self-contained flats
  • Real Estate Litigation
    • 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
    • Drafting a skeleton in support of a Part 8 claim for directions as to the proper construction of a trust
    • Assisting in preparation for a conference to advise on a 1975 Act claim, particularly considering questions of evidence and potential Part 18 requests
    • Drafting an opinion for directors of a company on whether the resolution purporting to remove them from office had been passed in breach of trust
    • Drafting advice on whether purchases of art work by an executor/trustee from a trust constituted self-dealing and the best way for the trustees to proceed