Alexander Milner QC

Alexander Milner QC

Call 2006 | Silk 2022

"Absolutely outstanding, incredibly bright, and a great person to have on your team."


The Legal 500

For enquiries please contact

Mark O’Neill
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3777
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Fraser Linning

Fraser Linning
Team Leader's Assistant
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Expertise

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


AerSale 25362 Ltd v Med-View Airline Plc [2018] EWHC 3912 (Comm)

Acting for aircraft lessors in Commercial Court proceedings against a Nigerian lessor to recover sums due under two leases of Boeing 737s.


R (Monarch Airlines Ltd) v Airport Coordination Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1892

Judicial review proceedings brought by the administrators of an insolvent airline concerning its right to be allocated valuable slots at Gatwick and Luton airports in order to sell the slots to raise money for its creditors.


National Air Services v Creditrade LLP [2016] EWHC 2144 (Comm)

Acting for a lessor in Commercial Court proceedings against a Ukrainian airline following the termination of two leases of Embraer 95 aircraft.


Sheikh Kaki v National Air Services [2015] EWCA Civ 731

Claim for breach of a contract for the sale of an interest in a Gulfstream aircraft.


Virgin Atlantic Airways v K.I. Holdings [2014] EWHC 1671 (Comm)

Acting for one of the defendants to a £40 million claim arising out of the supply of aircraft seats by a fraudulent manufacturer.


Aerotransleasing v Polet Airlines [2014] EWHC 1318 (Comm)

Obtained and successfully defended an injunction under s.25 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 in support of Russian proceedings, preventing the removal of a Russian-registered AN-124-100 aircraft from the jurisdiction.


ACG Acquisition XX v Olympic Airlines [2010] 1 CLC 581

Acting for Olympic Airlines in a dispute over a lease of a defective Boeing 737 aircraft, successfully resisted lessor’s application for summary judgment.


Rooney v CSE Bournemouth Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 1364

Acting for the defendant maintenance organisation in a contractual dispute arising out of an accident to a Cessna Citation aircraft.


BAE Systems v Enimex [2010] EWCA Civ 107

Acting for BAE Systems against an Estonian airline in proceedings arising out of the termination of an aircraft lease.


Natixis v Islas Airways

Acting as sole counsel for a lender in Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the termination of a number of lease agreements. Involved issues of jurisdiction and the effect of an insolvency opened in another Member State on English proceedings.


G.E. Capital v Fell

Acting as sole counsel for a lender in Commercial Court proceedings to enforce a European Enforcement Order against an aircraft temporarily located in the UK. Obtained an emergency out-of-hours injunction restraining the aircraft from leaving the jurisdiction, and successfully resisted an application to set the injunction aside on the ground of material non-disclosure.


Acting for a lessor in an LCIA arbitration against an Asian airline alleging fraud in connection with the leasing of two Airbus 319 aircraft.


Acting for a national airline in an LCIA arbitration against a lessor relating to the early termination of six Airbus aircraft.


Acting for a Russian airline in an LCIA arbitration relating to the leasing of a number of Boeing 737 aircraft.


Acting for a Portuguese airline in Commercial Court proceedings brought by an Italian airline in connection with a wet lease of a Boeing 767 aircraft.


Acting for the Light Aircraft Association in High Court proceedings arising out of a fatal gyroplane accident.


Alexander has substantial experience of claims against airlines and aircraft operators under the Montreal Convention 1999, Regulations EC 261/2004 and 1107/2006, and at common law, and of advising on aviation insurance, leasing/financing and regulatory matters.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints

Acting for two of the Defendants to a $600 million claim brought by two Russian banks in respect of alleged frauds involving the substitution of loans with worthless bonds.


Deutsche Bank AG v Unitech Global Ltd [2019] EWHC 969 (Comm)

Acted for a syndicate of lenders in proceedings to recover a $300 million debt from an Indian property development group (led by Richard Handyside QC).


Quoi v National Westminster Bank plc [2016] EWHC 1351 (QB)

Acted as sole counsel for the bank, successfully defending a multi-million-pound claim for breach of contract arising out of the collapse of a construction business.


Smeaton v Equifax plc [2013] 2 All ER 959

Acting for the defendant credit reference agency in this leading Court of Appeal case on the scope of the duties imposed on CRAs under the Data Protection Act 1998.


Calle Marketing Ltd v Aldbourne Investment Management Ltd

Acted as sole counsel for Russian investors in High Court proceedings against a London-based investment advisory firm for negligence and breach of contract in relation to investments in structured products.


LIC Telecommunications v VTB Capital Plc

Acted for the Claimants in two trials of preliminary issues under Luxembourg law, in the context of a conspiracy claim against a Russian bank said to have misappropriated a substantial Bulgarian telecoms business (led by Stephen Rubin QC).


Ukrsibbank v Polyakov

Acted for a Ukrainian bank in proceedings concerning a worldwide freezing injunction against a Ukrainian politician under s.25 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982.


A v B

Acted for an investment bank in an arbitration arising out of the underwriting of a failed IPO.


Acting for major banks in numerous High Court cases defending claims by customers alleging breach of contract, breach of duty, fraud and conspiracy, and in claims involving mortgages, guarantees, mistaken payments, credit agreements etc.


Representing both claimants and defendant banks in High Court proceedings alleging mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.


Acting for two investors in proceedings against an asset manager under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 for failing to procure the return of a series of investments in structured products.


Standard Bank plc v EFAD Real Estate


JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev

Acted for the Defendant in conjoined appeals to the Court of Appeal in relation to a $2 billion freezing order.


Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky

Acted for a Russian businessman in proceedings involving an alleged fraud by a Russian bank. Obtained a rare anti-enforcement injunction in the Court of Appeal ([2014] 1 WLR 4360), restraining the enforcement of Russian judgments said to have been obtained by fraud, and appeared at the trial to cross-examine the Claimant’s experts and make submissions.

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov [2021] EWHC 411 (Comm)

Acted for a Ukrainian oligarch in his successful defence of a $300 million fraud claim brought by a Russian oil company under Russian law.


Republic of Nigeria v Process & Industrial Developments Ltd

Acting for a creditor defending a claim by Nigeria to set aside an arbitration award worth $10 billion on the grounds of fraud and bribery.


PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints

Acting for two of the Defendants to a $600 million claim brought by two Russian banks in respect of alleged frauds involving the substitution of loans with worthless bonds.


NRC Holding Ltd v Danilitskiy [2017] EWHC 1431 (Ch)

Enforcing a judgment against the beneficial interest in a London property owned through an offshore structure, and obtaining injunctive relief in support of a €120 million fraud claim brought in Cyprus.


Vis Trading Co Ltd v Nazarov [2014] EWCA Civ 313

Appeal in a $30 million fraud claim brought under Russian law. Subsequent committal proceedings reported at [2016] 4 WLR 1.


Tajik Aluminium Plant v Ermatov

Acted for seven of the defendants and the Part 20 claimant in a $500 million fraud claim concerning the operations of an aluminium smelting plant in Tajikistan.


JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev

Acted for the Defendant in conjoined appeals to the Court of Appeal in relation to a $2 billion freezing order.


Fundo Soberano de Angola v Dos Santos

Claim by the Angolan sovereign wealth fund against its former chairman and others to recover $3 billion of assets alleged to have been fraudulently misappropriated.


Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky

Acted for a Russian businessman in proceedings involving an alleged fraud by a Russian bank. Obtained a rare anti-enforcement injunction in the Court of Appeal ([2014] 1 WLR 4360), restraining the enforcement of Russian judgments said to have been obtained by fraud, and appeared at the trial to cross-examine the Claimant’s experts and make submissions.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


Federal Republic of Nigeria v Process & Industrial Developments Ltd

Acting for a creditor seeking to enforce an arbitral award against Nigeria worth more than $10 billion, and defending allegations of fraud and bribery (led by Andrew Mitchell QC).


Motorola Solutions Inc v Hytera Communications Corp [2021] 2 WLR 679

Acted for Hytera, a large Chinese radio manufacturer, in its successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against a $345 million freezing order granted in support of proceedings in the USA alleging theft of trade secrets (led by Charles Béar QC). The Court of Appeal definitively restated the law relating to the ‘unambiguous impropriety’ exception to without prejudice privilege.


Republic of Tatarstan v Ukraine

Instructed by Ukraine in a $400 million investor-state arbitration concerning the alleged expropriation of shares in an oil refinery.


Savchenko v Davletyarov [2019] EWHC 1186 (Comm)

Acted for the successful defendant in a contractual dispute relating to the sale of interests in a Russian bank.


Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc v Zhunus [2019] EWHC 2630 (Comm)

Acted for the respondent to a £14 million non-party costs application, following a $300 million judgment handed down against the principal defendants.


Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky [2018] EWHC 1077 (Ch)

Acted for a Russian businessman in proceedings involving an alleged fraud by a Russian bank. Obtained a rare anti-enforcement injunction in the Court of Appeal ([2014] 1 WLR 4360), restraining the enforcement of Russian judgments said to have been obtained by fraud, and appeared at the trial to cross-examine the Claimant’s experts and make submissions.


Astor Management AG v Atalaya Mining Plc [2018] EWCA Civ 2407; [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 476; [2017] 1 CLC 724

Acting for the Defendants in a €60 million contractual dispute relating to the acquisition and commissioning of a copper mine in Spain (led by Stephen Moriarty QC).


Fundo Soberano de Angola v Dos Santos [2018] EWHC 2199 (Comm)

Claim by the Angolan sovereign wealth fund against its former chairman and others to recover $3 billion of assets alleged to have been fraudulently misappropriated.


LIC Telecommunications Sarl v VTB Capital Plc [2018] EWHC 169 (Comm), [2019] EWHC 1747 (Comm)

Acted for the Claimants in two trials of preliminary issues under Luxembourg law, in the context of a conspiracy claim against a Russian bank said to have misappropriated a substantial Bulgarian telecoms business (led by Stephen Rubin QC).


JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev [2016] 1 WLR 160

Acted for the Defendant in conjoined appeals to the Court of Appeal in relation to a $2 billion freezing order.


Ukrsibbank v Polyakov [2014] EWHC 4292 (Comm)

Acted for a Ukrainian bank in proceedings concerning a worldwide freezing injunction against a Ukrainian politician under s.25 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982.


Cuccolini Srl v Elcan Industries, Inc [2013] EWHC 2994 (QB)

Jurisdictional dispute in proceedings arising out of the termination of a distribution agreement.


Berezovsky v Abramovich [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm)

Acted for Boris Berezovsky in his well publicised $5 billion claim against Roman Abramovich in relation to the ownership of Russian oil and aluminium assets.

Notable Competition Cases


Instructed on behalf of two groups of banks in ICSID arbitrations against an EU Member State raising defences based on the CJEU’s Achmea judgment.


Gave written and oral expert evidence on EU competition law issues in two ICC arbitrations between major European airlines and a global distribution system operator.


Advising a major financial services company on issues relating to the revisions to the EU Payment Services Directive and regulation of multilateral interchange fees.


Providing legal opinions in connection with proceedings between the EU Commission and a pharmaceutical company regarding the circumstances in which patent settlement agreements infringe the EU competition rules.


Providing written expert evidence in Lithuanian proceedings on the application of Article 101 TFEU to agreements between a number of banks and a provider of cash handling services.


Providing a legal opinion in connection with an action against the EU Commission regarding the lawfulness of a dawn raid.


Advising manufacturers of electronic cigarettes as to the legality of the proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive.


Advising leading European airlines on the interpretation and application of the EU slots regulation.


Advising major drinks and clothing manufacturers on the interpretation of EU regulations concerning the labelling of spirit drinks and textiles.


Advising two non-European investment funds as to whether their shares constituted eligible investments for the purposes of a UCITS scheme within the meaning of Commission Directive 2007/16/EC (the Eligible Assets Directive).


Advising a number of law firms as to the compatibility of the rules of an EU Member State’s Bar Association with the EC Treaty.


Advising a Czech bank as to whether a restructuring plan adopted by the Czech state constituted aid applicable after accession requiring review by the Commission under Article 108 TFEU.


Assisted Sir Francis Jacobs QC in preparing numerous expert reports and opinions on behalf of companies and national governments, in connection with proceedings before arbitral tribunals, national courts and regulators, the EU Commission and courts, and the International Court of Justice.

Notable International Arbitration - as arbitrator Cases


Acting as sole arbitrator in an expedited arbitration in the Russian Arbitration Centre, Moscow, between a law firm and a former client arising out of a previous LCIA arbitration.


Acting as party-nominated arbitrator in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore relating to the leasing of commercial passenger aircraft.


Acting as party-nominated arbitrator in two related LCIA arbitrations between Russian parties concerning a financing transaction in the energy field.


Acting as party-nominated arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration between Russian and Asian parties relating to the licensing of pharmaceutical products.


Acting as party-nominated arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration brought by a company against a Russian individual under a guarantee.


Acting as party-nominated arbitrator in a $10 million arbitration between two offshore companies in the International Commercial Arbitration Court, Moscow.


Acting as sole arbitrator, appointed by the LCIA, in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the provision of legal services to a company in Kazakhstan.

Notable International Arbitration - as counsel Cases


Republic of Tatarstan v Ukraine

Instructed by Ukraine in a $400 million investor-state arbitration concerning the alleged expropriation of shares in an oil refinery.


NJSC Naftogaz v PJSC Gazprom [2019] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 20

Instructed by Naftogaz of Ukraine in proceedings to enforce a $2.5 billion arbitration award, including applications for freezing relief and for a stay under s.103(5) of the Arbitration Act.


Eastern European Engineering Ltd v Vijay Construction (Proprietary) Ltd [2016] EWHC 1450 (Comm)

Application under s.103 of the Arbitration Act 1996 for security for a $20 million award said to have been procured by intimidation/blackmail.


Stemcor UK Ltd v Global Steel Holdings Ltd [2015] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 580

Obtained a stay of proceedings to recover $150 million from two guarantors pending an arbitration between the creditor and the principal debtor.


Acting in a $500 million LCIA arbitration concerning an alleged fraud against a Russian bank.


Acting as sole counsel for a Russian airline in an LCIA claim concerning an alleged $200 million fraud.


Acting in an LCIA arbitration between two prominent Russian individuals relating to the ownership and disposal of extremely valuable industrial and real estate assets.


Acting as sole counsel in a $100 million LCIA arbitration brought by a Russian bank to enforce an option agreement.


Acting in an LCIA arbitration arising out of the sale of a Russian supermarket chain.


Acting in an LCIA claim brought by a steel trader to recover a debt of $200 million from an industrial enterprise in Eastern Europe.


Acting for a well-known “oligarch” in LCIA proceedings to recover a loan of $100 million.


Acting in an LCIA arbitration relating to the ownership of shares in a Russian technology company estimated to be worth more than $3 billion.


Acting in an LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged fraudulent disposal of a Russian joint venture asset.


Acting as sole counsel for a Russian manufacturer in an ICC arbitration in Geneva to recover over €5 million from a joint venture partner.


Acting in a €300 million ICC arbitration between joint venture partners relating to the construction of a telecoms network.

"He is my first choice at the Bar for aviation matters. He’s phenomenally bright."


Chambers & Partners

"He is brilliant legally and strategically. He is responsive and deals with complex issues very easily."


Chambers & Partners

"His strengths are ferocious work ethic, high quality attention to detail, leading CIS region expertise, fantastic cross-examiner and strong paperwork skills. One of the best senior juniors in the City of London for civil fraud disputes."


The Legal 500

"Meticulously prepared, extremely responsive and his analysis is first rate. He is well known for his work on foreign law issues, and in particular in Russian and CIS disputes - where his work is particularly impressive."


The Legal 500

"Absolutely excellent courtroom skills and very convincing before the judge. He has a strong understanding of the client's commercial needs and is very good at looking at the bigger picture."


Chambers & Partners

"The best senior junior around for Russian work."


Chambers & Partners

"He works extremely efficiently, his advice is always spot on and he gets right into the detail of cases. Exceptionally bright, he’s a very good tactician and a smooth operator in court."


Chambers & Partners

"Well ahead of the pack in terms of the standard of his advocacy."


The Legal 500

"One of the most experienced and capable senior juniors of his generation."


The Legal 500

Chambers & Partners – Global
  • International Arbitration – The English Bar (Global Guide)
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK (Global Guide)
Chambers & Partners – UK
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance
The Legal 500 – UK
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance (including Consumer Credit)
  • International Arbitration: Counsel
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Fraud: Civil

  • BVC (Outstanding), Inns of Court School of Law
  • CPE (Distinction), City University
  • BA Modern & Medieval Languages (First Class), King’s College, Cambridge

  • Member of the List of Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Asian International Arbitration Center, Kuala Lumpur
  • Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Seoul
  • Listed arbitrator at the Russian Arbitration Center, Moscow
  • Executive Committee member, Russian & CIS Arbitration Network
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lord Bowen Scholarship, City University Scholarship, Hardwicke Scholarship, Shelford Scholarship, and Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn

  • Liability for property fraud: P&P Property v Owen White & Catlin, Journal of Professional Negligence, Vol. 33 No. 3 (2017)
  • Liability for negligent investment advice following extraordinary market turmoil: Rubenstein v HSBC Bank plc, Journal of Professional Negligence, Vol. 29, No. 1 (2013)
  • ‘Advantages and disadvantages of arbitrating Russian and CIS disputes in western Europe’, Transnational Dispute Management Vol. 9, issue 3 (April 2012)
  • ‘Regulation EC 261/2004 and “extraordinary circumstances”’, Air and Space Law 34, no.3 (2009); 215-220
  • Contributor to the Civil Procedure Reports (Sweet & Maxwell)

  • French (fluent)
  • Italian (good working knowledge)
  • Russian (fluent)

For enquiries please contact

Mark O’Neill
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3777
Click here to email

Fraser Linning

Fraser Linning
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3708
Click here to email

"He is my first choice at the Bar for aviation matters. He’s phenomenally bright."


Chambers & Partners

"He is brilliant legally and strategically. He is responsive and deals with complex issues very easily."


Chambers & Partners

"His strengths are ferocious work ethic, high quality attention to detail, leading CIS region expertise, fantastic cross-examiner and strong paperwork skills. One of the best senior juniors in the City of London for civil fraud disputes."


The Legal 500

"Meticulously prepared, extremely responsive and his analysis is first rate. He is well known for his work on foreign law issues, and in particular in Russian and CIS disputes - where his work is particularly impressive."


The Legal 500

"Absolutely excellent courtroom skills and very convincing before the judge. He has a strong understanding of the client's commercial needs and is very good at looking at the bigger picture."


Chambers & Partners

"The best senior junior around for Russian work."


Chambers & Partners

"He works extremely efficiently, his advice is always spot on and he gets right into the detail of cases. Exceptionally bright, he’s a very good tactician and a smooth operator in court."


Chambers & Partners

"Well ahead of the pack in terms of the standard of his advocacy."


The Legal 500

"One of the most experienced and capable senior juniors of his generation."


The Legal 500

Chambers & Partners – Global
  • International Arbitration – The English Bar (Global Guide)
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK (Global Guide)
Chambers & Partners – UK
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance
The Legal 500 – UK
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance (including Consumer Credit)
  • International Arbitration: Counsel
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Fraud: Civil

  • BVC (Outstanding), Inns of Court School of Law
  • CPE (Distinction), City University
  • BA Modern & Medieval Languages (First Class), King’s College, Cambridge

  • Member of the List of Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Asian International Arbitration Center, Kuala Lumpur
  • Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Seoul
  • Listed arbitrator at the Russian Arbitration Center, Moscow
  • Executive Committee member, Russian & CIS Arbitration Network
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lord Bowen Scholarship, City University Scholarship, Hardwicke Scholarship, Shelford Scholarship, and Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn

  • Liability for property fraud: P&P Property v Owen White & Catlin, Journal of Professional Negligence, Vol. 33 No. 3 (2017)
  • Liability for negligent investment advice following extraordinary market turmoil: Rubenstein v HSBC Bank plc, Journal of Professional Negligence, Vol. 29, No. 1 (2013)
  • ‘Advantages and disadvantages of arbitrating Russian and CIS disputes in western Europe’, Transnational Dispute Management Vol. 9, issue 3 (April 2012)
  • ‘Regulation EC 261/2004 and “extraordinary circumstances”’, Air and Space Law 34, no.3 (2009); 215-220
  • Contributor to the Civil Procedure Reports (Sweet & Maxwell)

  • French (fluent)
  • Italian (good working knowledge)
  • Russian (fluent)

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