Practice overview

Alice has a busy practice focusing on property, commercial and civil fraud matters. Alice is ranked as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners an The Legal 500, and is recognised as “a fantastic junior with an immense ability to grasp concepts in complex disputes”.

Alice has a strong property practice encompassing real property and landlord and tenant work, and related professional negligence. Alice is often instructed on matters involving property insolvency.

Throughout her career, Alice has built a strong commercial and civil fraud practice. She is regularly instructed on cases involving asset recovery, corporate and personal insolvency, company and personal insolvency, company and partnership matters. Her expertise across both property and commercial work means she is well placed to navigate the full range of issues that often arise in complex disputes.

Alice is “a fantastic advocate” who regularly appears against senior juniors or KCs. Alice has extensive advocacy experience in the High Court and appellate courts. A recent career highlight was making submissions in the Supreme Court in the case of Jalla v Shell International Trading and Shipping Company arising from a large oil spill on the Nigerian coast, regarding the ‘land user requirement’ in the law of continuing nuisance.

Alice is appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. She is also certified by ADR Group as a Civil and Commercial Mediator.

 

Alice's expertise

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Property

Alice is ranked as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 for property litigation. A recent career highlight was making submissions in the Supreme Court in the case of Jalla v Shell International Trading and Shipping Company arising from a large oil spill on the Nigerian coast, regarding the ‘land user requirement’ in the law of continuing nuisance.

Alice’s practice encompasses all aspects of property litigation. She is regularly instructed on both commercial and residential property matters, including: 

  • Forfeiture and lease renewals under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 
  • Property cases raising insolvency issues
  • Trusts of land, proprietary estoppel and co-ownership 
  • Easements, restrictive covenants and boundary disputes 
  • Adverse possession 
  • Land registration and conveyancing
  • Property-related professional negligence

Real Property

  • Junior counsel for the claimant in the Supreme Court in the matter of Jalla and anor v Shell International Trading and Shipping Company concerning the law of continuing nuisance and raising three issues: (1) whether the continuing presence of oil on the claimant’s land constituted a continuing nuisance such that a fresh cause of action accrued de die in diem; (2) whether a defendant to a nuisance claim must be using land; (3) whether a nuisance can arise from an isolated escape. Led by Jonathan Seitler KC.
  • Advising a developer on shooting rights (so-called ‘sporting rights’) on a large plot of rural land.
  • Advising a developer on the prospects of registering easements at the Land Registry for the purpose of negotiating an option for lease.
  • Acting for the claimants in a three-day trial of a boundary dispute, raising issues of T- marks on plans and adverse possession (Simic and Simic v Gray [2021] 4 WLUK 453).
  • Acting for the defendant in a four-day trial regarding breach of repair covenants, breach of contract for sale, breach of the Defective Premises Act 1972 and nuisance.
  • Advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants on freehold properties on an estate comprising over 35 houses and 60 flats.
  • Representing the appellant in a matter arising from a boundary dispute in an appeal against the trial judge’s refusal of relief from sanctions. (Lakhani v Mahmud [2017] EWHC 1713 (Ch)).

Landlord and tenant 

  • Acting for the successful claimant on an 8-day trial in a service charge claim for c. £2.3million concerning central London property. Led by Nicholas Trompeter KC. (Criterion Buildings Ltd v McKinsey & Co Inc [2021] EWHC 216 (Ch)). 
  • Advising a tenant and surety whether a settlement agreement constituted a variation to a lease with an annual rent of over £12million.
  • Advising on whether a lease demised the attic, roof and/or airspace above a commercial premises.
  • Advising on and drafting proceedings for a tenant of commercial premises alleging unlawful re-entry and seeking associated damages, and alternatively seeking relief from forfeiture.
  • Advising in connection with pandemic rent claims, including rent cesser and insurance provisions. 
  • Acting for the claimant on a claim for terminal dilapidations of commercial premises, raising issues regarding the effect of insolvency on guarantees under the lease. 

Property-related insolvency

  • Acting for the applicant seeking to re-vest UK-based property worth over £10million to a BVI-incorporated company that had been dissolved and subsequently restored to the Register.
  • Acting for Joint Receivers to obtain possession forthwith of two commercial units (on the basis of either s.127 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and/or that licences were shams) and injunctions to prevent the dissipation of assets in insolvency proceedings concerning Maker&Son.
  • Acting for two respondent landlord companies to an application by 164 tenant applicants to appoint administrators.
  • Representing the respondent to an application for a vesting order of leasehold property pursuant to s. 1017 of the Companies Act 2006. The case raised issues of whether a Notice of Disclaimer was properly constituted, and whether the applicant had standing under s. 1017(1)(a) of the 2006 Act (McWalter v (1) Her Majesty’s Attorney General (as representative of the Crown) (2) Executors of the Estate of Jeffrey Mattey [2018] EWHC 563 (Ch)).

Property-related professional negligence

  • Advising on and drafting proceedings against valuers arising from their valuation of a property to raise lending of £2,250,000.
  • Acting on a multimillion-pound professional negligence claim in the Chancery Division of the High Court, involving underlying questions of adverse possession and easements. Led by Gary Blaker KC. The case settled during the trial before Nugee J.

Mortgages 

  • Advising and representing corporate lenders in high-value mortgage claims involving complex issues of enforcement.
  • Representing the respondents to an application to set aside a possession order arising from the applicant’s refusal to vacate under the terms of a Tomlin Order. 
  • Representing LPA Receivers in their claim for possession of various properties arising from a settlement agreement. 

Land registration and conveyancing 

  • Advising a developer on the prospects of registering easements at the Land Registry for the purpose of negotiating an option for lease.
  • Representing the third defendant to a claim for a declaration that the claimant held a leasehold interest in one of 262 flats raising issues of the validity of the transfer, land registration rules and the freeholder’s authority to grant a sub-lease. 
  • Advising on a claim for an indemnity from the Chief Land Registrar pursuant to Schedule 8 of the Land Registration Act 2002 arising from omissions and errors in the Register.

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  • Quote symbolAlice's assuredness and command of factual detail, as well as deep knowledge of relevant authorities and procedure really stand her apart as a go-to junior.

    The Legal 500 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is very good with clients. She has good attention to detail and is extremely knowledgeable, which gives clients confidence and peace of mind. She produces very good written advice and pleadings.

    The Legal 500 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is very pleasant to work with, very personable and gives very thorough advice but in a way that is accessible and can be taken forward.

    Chambers & Partners 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is incredibly thorough and great with clients. She is a fantastic advocate who as well as making clear and weighty submissions, is excellent in cross-examination and when handling witnesses.

    The Legal 500 2023

  • Quote symbolAlice is a fantastic junior with an immense ability to grasp concepts in complex disputes, and she has fantastic advocacy skills.

    Chambers & Partners 2023

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    Thursday 7th March 2024 | 3pm - 5.55pm, followed by drinks
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    Wednesday 10 January 2024

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    Wednesday 14th June 2023 | 3.15pm - 6pm, followed by drinks and shuffleboard at Box Deansgate
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Commercial disputes

Alice is regularly instructed in commercial litigation and has substantial experience of cases raising issues of civil fraud, asset recovery, and insolvency. She works well in a team to bring together complex cases in short time frames for interlocutory relief, and is equally comfortable as sole counsel to ensure a robust strategy throughout all stages of litigation.

Alice has particular experience of company and partnership matters, and has been instructed to bring and defend unfair prejudice petitions in litigation involving both domestic and foreign jurisdictions.

Alice’s experience in commercial disputes includes:

  • Acting for an ultra high-net-worth individual and five offshore companies seeking an order to account for sums in excess of $60million that had been paid into the defendant company to be disbursed on behalf of his family. Led by John McGhee KC.
  • Advising a corporate client on their liability for unpaid invoices totaling £1.6million in a case raising issues of duress and failure of consideration.
  • Junior counsel for the defendant to a claim seeking £4.5million in damages allegedly arising from foreign exchange hedging transactions on future currency fluctuations affecting the value of commercial contracts. Led by Justin Kitson.
  • Representing a claimant seeking payment of a commission due on the sale of property in which the defendants counterclaimed alleging misrepresentation and duress.
  • Advising and representing applicants and respondents to freezing injunctions and associated interim relief.
  • Junior counsel advising the trustee of a pension fund in respect of claims against a property investment company and six special purpose vehicles set up to acquire various commercial properties in a portfolio.
  • Working in Grand Cayman on AHAB v Saad, the largest trial in Cayman history lasting over one year and involving disclosure of over 5 million documents. The multibillion-dollar claim involved allegations of fraud arising from one of the largest corporate collapses of the credit crunch. Alice worked on one of the three successful defendant teams for the 34th Defendant, a fund of funds which is now in liquidation.

Alice’s experience in company and partnership disputes includes:

  • Acting for the defendants in a long-running multimillion-pound company and partnership dispute involving litigation in England and India, led by Stuart Hornett (Badyal v Badyal and Badyal). This included obtaining an order enforcing orders requiring the giving of disclosure and transfer of shares designed to protect partnership assets from dissipation, following a series of ex parte injunctions in the High Court of Delhi ([2019] EWHC 467 (Ch)) and the trial of preliminary issues to determine the scope of Accounts and Inquiries.
  • Obtained interim injunctions for breach of a shareholders’ agreement and removing accounts filed with the Registrar. Led by Stuart Hornett. (Re Brickvest [2019] EWHC 2662 (Ch)).
  • Acting as junior in a seven-day Arbitration at the LCIA concerning an unfair prejudice petition pursuant to s. 994 of the Companies Act 2006.

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  • Quote symbolAlice's assuredness and command of factual detail, as well as deep knowledge of relevant authorities and procedure really stand her apart as a go-to junior.

    The Legal 500 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is very good with clients. She has good attention to detail and is extremely knowledgeable, which gives clients confidence and peace of mind. She produces very good written advice and pleadings.

    The Legal 500 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is very pleasant to work with, very personable and gives very thorough advice but in a way that is accessible and can be taken forward.

    Chambers & Partners 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is incredibly thorough and great with clients. She is a fantastic advocate who as well as making clear and weighty submissions, is excellent in cross-examination and when handling witnesses.

    The Legal 500 2023

  • Quote symbolAlice is a fantastic junior with an immense ability to grasp concepts in complex disputes, and she has fantastic advocacy skills.

    Chambers & Partners 2023

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Civil fraud and asset recovery

Alice’s experience of civil fraud work includes:

  • Acting for the applicant seeking to re-vest UK-based property worth over £10million to a BVI-incorporated company that had been dissolved and subsequently restored to the Register, in the context of a large-scale arbitration involving claims worth at least £300million.
  • Acting for Joint Receivers to obtain possession forthwith of two commercial units (on the basis of either s.127 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and/or that licences were shams) and injunctions to prevent the dissipation of assets in insolvency proceedings concerning Maker&Son.
  • Representing the claimant seeking payment of a commission due on the sale of property in which the defendants counterclaimed alleging misrepresentation and duress.
  • Acting for the successful Respondent Husband in his application for indemnity costs after the Applicant Wife discontinued claims of fraud, conspiracy and sham one week before a 7-day trial. Led by Justin Kitson. (Crowther v Crowther [2020] EWHC 3555 (Fam)).
  • Acting for the applicant to obtain orders for service out of the jurisdiction and substituted service in a claim involving allegations of conspiracy, breach of fiduciary and statutory duties and dishonest assistance.
  • Acting for claimant to secure proprietary and freezing interim injunctions for fraudulent misappropriation of proceeds of currency spot trades, structured options and forwards.
  • Acting for senior director subject to freezing injunction and inspection orders in alleged invoice fraud.
  • Working in Grand Cayman on AHAB v Saad, the largest trial in Cayman history lasting over one year and involving disclosure of over 5 million documents. The multibillion-dollar claim involved allegations of fraud arising from one of the largest corporate collapses of the credit crunch. Alice worked on one of the three successful defendant teams for the 34th Defendant, a fund of funds which is now in liquidation.

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  • Quote symbolAlice's assuredness and command of factual detail, as well as deep knowledge of relevant authorities and procedure really stand her apart as a go-to junior.

    The Legal 500 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is very good with clients. She has good attention to detail and is extremely knowledgeable, which gives clients confidence and peace of mind. She produces very good written advice and pleadings.

    The Legal 500 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is very pleasant to work with, very personable and gives very thorough advice but in a way that is accessible and can be taken forward.

    Chambers & Partners 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is incredibly thorough and great with clients. She is a fantastic advocate who as well as making clear and weighty submissions, is excellent in cross-examination and when handling witnesses.

    The Legal 500 2023

  • Quote symbolAlice is a fantastic junior with an immense ability to grasp concepts in complex disputes, and she has fantastic advocacy skills.

    Chambers & Partners 2023

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    Thursday 8th June 2023 | 12.15pm - 5.55pm followed by drinks & canapés
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    £130 + VAT | 4.0 CPD

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Professional liability

Alice undertakes claimant and defendant work in connection with professional negligence claims, in particular relating to matters of real property and land registration. 

Alice’s notable cases include: 

  • Junior counsel for the defendant to a claim seeking £4.5million in damages allegedly arising from foreign exchange hedging transactions on future currency fluctuations affecting the value of commercial contracts. Led by Justin Kitson.
  • Advising on and drafting proceedings against valuers arising from their valuation of a property to raise lending of £2,250,000.
  • Acting on a multimillion pound professional negligence claim in the Chancery Division of the High Court, involving underlying questions of adverse possession and easements. Led by Gary Blaker KC. The case settled during the trial before Nugee J. 
  • Advising on a potential professional negligence claim against an independent financial advisor in respect of a life insurance policy relating to a mortgage. 
  • Advising on a potential professional negligence claim against conveyancing solicitors arising from a cohabitation dispute. 

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  • Quote symbolAlice's assuredness and command of factual detail, as well as deep knowledge of relevant authorities and procedure really stand her apart as a go-to junior.

    The Legal 500 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is very good with clients. She has good attention to detail and is extremely knowledgeable, which gives clients confidence and peace of mind. She produces very good written advice and pleadings.

    The Legal 500 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is very pleasant to work with, very personable and gives very thorough advice but in a way that is accessible and can be taken forward.

    Chambers & Partners 2024

  • Quote symbolAlice is incredibly thorough and great with clients. She is a fantastic advocate who as well as making clear and weighty submissions, is excellent in cross-examination and when handling witnesses.

    The Legal 500 2023

  • Quote symbolAlice is a fantastic junior with an immense ability to grasp concepts in complex disputes, and she has fantastic advocacy skills.

    Chambers & Partners 2023

Alice's Details

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Registered name: Miss Alice Katharine Hawker
VAT number: 222364438

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Qualifications and Appointments

  • BA, Law with Legal Studies in Europe (Magdalen College, Oxford)
  • BPTC, Very Competent (BPP)
  • Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lincoln’s Inn Entrance Award
  • Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • COMBAR
  • Property Bar Association
  • Female Fraud Forum

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