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Alina Neal

Of Counsel


Alina is an English and Hong Kong qualified commercial litigator with over 17 years’ experience in resolving complex commercial and financial disputes. Prior to joining Quillon Law, she was Of Counsel at Stephenson Harwood LLP.

Practice

Alina has extensive experience of advising clients in relation to private and retail banking disputes, investment banking and structured finance disputes, trade finance disputes, recovery strategies, asset finance disputes and fraud and asset recovery matters. She has acted for and against banks and other financial institutions, hedge funds, closed end funds, and other funds, corporates, insolvency practitioners and high net-worth individuals.

In addition, she has acted for train operators in public procurement claims against the UK Government. She has experience of acting for professional service providers, corporate service providers, shareholders, and directors in relation to professional negligence claims, fraud/conspiracy claims, shareholder disputes and derivative actions.

She has experience of advising clients on all stages of a dispute, from pre-action to final appeal, including mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. She has handled claims proceeding within the English County Courts, High Court (Chancery, TCC, KBD and Commercial Court), Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court as well as in the Hong Kong High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal. She has also worked on claims within the Commercial Court's Shorter Trials Scheme and TCC trials on an expedited basis.


 

Notable Representations

Vegesentials Ltd & Anor v Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank Ltd

[2024] EWHC 7 (Ch)

Alina represented the defendant (a Taiwanese bank) in its defence of a £70m claim against it for fraudulent misrepresentations made by its former corporate banking relationship manager and the bank’s consequent vicarious liability for those misrepresentations. The judgment confirmed the correct test for determining vicarious liability for an agent’s deceit.

Malik, Malik & Malik v Malik and South Lodge Flats Limited v Malik & Malik

[2023] EWHC 59 (Ch); [2019] 6 WLUK 459

Alina represented the successful paper title owner in the County Court trial, High Court appeals, and Court of Appeal in relation to a long-running 30+year family dispute over the ownership of a valuable Knightsbridge flat. The case gave rise to important questions relating to the emerging doctrine of what has been termed “judicial estoppel” and the law of adverse possession, and included claims of abuse of process.

ICICI Bank UK plc v Assam Oil Company Ltd and others

[2019] EWHC 750 (Comm)

Alina acted for the UK arm of ICICI Bank Limited, India’s largest private sector bank, in its successful recovery of a loan of US$63m made to Assam Oil Company Limited, the English holding company of the oldest tea company in India. In a supplemental judgment, the defendants were ordered to pay costs on the indemnity basis.

Public procurement claim

Alina acted for a UK train operator in relation to its challenge of the UK Government’s £200m award of the East Midlands rail franchise on an expedited trial timetable. The case settled on confidential terms prior to trial.

JJW Ltd v IBRC Asset Finance Ltd

[2015] EWHC 3764 (Comm)

Alina represented the defendant lender in relation to an alleged c.£550m claim for damages for breach of a facility agreement in relation to the failed redevelopment of the Berners Hotel in central London. The defendant successfully obtained judgment in April 2017. The claim involved obtaining orders for security for costs up to and including trial in the sum of £1.96 million, obtaining judgment in default, obtaining a freezing order against the claimant and related parties, and obtaining indemnity and non-party costs orders.

Claim against fund managers

Alina acted for an AIM listed investment fund in relation to a RMB480 million claim in the Commercial Court against its former fund managers. The case settled on confidential terms prior to trial.

Shareholders dispute

Acted for the majority shareholders (the potential defendants) in relation to a highly complex and contentious threatened s.994 petition in which the minority were seeking a buy-out order under sections 994-996 of the Companies Act 2006, which they valued at c£350m+, alternatively a just and equitable winding-up order pursuant to section 122(1)(g) of the Insolvency Act 1986. The claim subsequently settled on confidential terms following a two-day mediation.

TCWF v LKKS, STL & OIL

[2014] 1 HKLRD 896

Alina acted for the 2nd and 3rd interveners in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal in ancillary relief proceedings and which resulted in a successful reduction of the applicant’s award from HK$1.4 billion to HK$410 million.

Secretary for Justice v TCFW, LKKS, STL & OIL

[2014] 17 HKCFAR 739

Alina acted for the 3rd and 4th defendants in a landmark Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal decision on legal professional privilege.

Education and Admissions

The University of Southampton

(LLB (Hons))

The College of Law, Store Street

(Legal Practice Course, distinction)

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales

(2006)

Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong

(2014)


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