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 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  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  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  DIFC CFI 011 and  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.