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Alina Neal

T: +44 20 7809 2266 Email Alina | vCard Office: London

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Banking litigation and commercial litigation

Banking litigation and commercial litigation

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Commercial litigation

Alina Neal Of counsel

Contact details

Alina Neal

Alina Neal
Of counsel

T: +44 20 7809 2266 Email Alina | vCard Office: London

A commercial litigator qualified and admitted to practice in both England & Wales and Hong Kong, with a broad experience advising on a broad range of commercial and financial disputes, with particular expertise in claims involving financial institutions, corporates, investment funds, high net-worth individuals, and public procurement challenges. She regularly deals with injunctions, interim applications, freezing orders and cross-border enforcement issues, as well as trial experience.
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Alina is experienced with claims proceeding within the English County Courts, High Court (Chancery, TCC, QBD 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.

High profile experience has included acting for the 2nd and 3rd interveners in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal - TCWF v LKKS, STL & OIL CACV 166/2012 - when her clients were joined in ancillary relief proceedings, resulting in a successful reduction of the applicant’s award from HK$1.4 billion to HK$410 million. In related proceedings, she also acted for the 3rd and 4th defendants in a landmark Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal decision on legal professional privilege - Secretary for Justice v TCFW, LKKS, STL & OIL FCAV 5 & 6/2014. She also acted for the administrators pendente lite in relation to the Nina Wang litigation in Hong Kong, when the richest woman in Asia died leaving behind two competing wills.

Alina joined the firm upon qualification in September 2006 and spent three years working in the Hong Kong office between 2012 and 2015, during which time she qualified as solicitor in Hong Kong. 

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Currently acting for a large British company in relation to claims against the Lloyds Banking Group in respect of losses suffered as a result of the bank's treatment of it, with the value of the claim estimated to be in the region of £140 million, as well as the recent impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Recently acted for IBRC Asset Finance Limited in its defence of a claim against it by JJW Ltd in relation to the development of the Berners Hotel in West London. The claim was valued at an estimated £500 million, and involved 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 applications for indemnity and third party costs.

Acted for GE Commercial Finance (Hong Kong) Limited in relation to a dispute arising from a US$8.5 million export notified factoring arrangement (on a non-recourse basis) and a related dispute with insurers under the terms of GE’s credit insurance policy with QBE Hongkong & Shanghai Insurance Limited.

Seconded for three months to HSBC Hong Kong's CMB LGA team.

Acted for a high net worth individual in proceedings in the Hong Kong High Court against a leading bank in relation to a US$80 million claim arising from the purchase of preferred stock.

Acted for an AIM listed investment fund in relation to a RMB480 million dispute with its former managers.

Acting for the 2nd and 3rd interveners in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal -TCWF v LKKS, STL & OIL CACV 166/2012 - 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. 

Acted for the 3rd and 4th defendants in a landmark Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal decision on legal professional privilege - Secretary for Justice v TCFW, LKKS, STL & OIL FCAV 5 & 6/2014. 

Acting for the administrators’ pendente lite in relation to the high profile Nina Wang litigation in Hong Kong.

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Currently acting for a large British company in relation to claims against the Lloyds Banking Group in respect of losses suffered as a result of the bank's treatment of it, with the value of the claim estimated to be in the region of £140 million, as well as the recent impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Seconded for three months to HSBC Hong Kong's CMB LGA team.

Acted for a high net worth individual in proceedings in the Hong Kong High Court against a leading bank in relation to a US$80 million claim arising from the purchase of preferred stock.

More: Banks and banking

Recently acted for IBRC Asset Finance Limited in its defence of a claim against it by JJW Ltd in relation to the development of the Berners Hotel in West London. The claim was valued at an estimated £500 million, and involved 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 applications for indemnity and third party costs.

Acted for GE Commercial Finance (Hong Kong) Limited in relation to a dispute arising from a US$8.5 million export notified factoring arrangement (on a non-recourse basis) and a related dispute with insurers under the terms of GE’s credit insurance policy with QBE Hongkong & Shanghai Insurance Limited.

Acted for an AIM listed investment fund in relation to a RMB480 million dispute with its former managers.

More: Funds and financial services

Acted for Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles in relation to its challenge of the UK Government’s procurement of rolling stock for the High Speed 2 rail project (2018/2019).

Acted for Arriva UK Trains Limited in relation to its challenge of the UK Government’s award of the East Midlands rail franchise (2019/2020). 

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Banking litigation and commercial litigation

Banking litigation and commercial litigation

Commercial litigation

Commercial litigation

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