Alice Hawker


Selborne Chambers
10 Essex Street
London WC2R 3AA
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Legal 500 2020

Alice has developed a busy practice in Chambers’ core areas. She is regularly instructed to advise and draft pleadings in relation to a range of Commercial Chancery matters. Alice frequently appears in the County Courts, High Court and First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Landlord and Tenant

Alice acts for both landlords and tenants in claims for forfeiture; trespass; dilapidation claims; claims regarding the exercise of break clauses; service charge disputes; lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and all other types of landlord and tenant disputes. Alice recently appeared in multi-track claims for a declaration that a tenant had ceased occupation under the Rent Act 1977 and another seeking a declaration that no deposit had been paid for the purpose of the Tenancy Deposit scheme.

Alice recently appeared for the Second Defendant in the case of McWalter v (1) HM’s Attorney General (2) Executors of the Estate of Mattey [2018] EWHC 563 (Ch) and successfully opposed the Claimant’s application for a vesting order of a disclaimed lease.

Real property and land registry

Alice has appeared in the County Court and First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in matters involving: declarations of breach of covenant; applications to rectify the Land Register; adverse possession and easements. Alice has represented clients at trial against former cohabitees in claims involving questions of constructive and resulting trusts and allegations of undue influence.

Insolvency and civil fraud

Alice worked in Grand Cayman on AHAB v Saad, the largest trial in Cayman history. The multi-billion dollar claim involves 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 assisted in drafting oral and written submissions for openings, cross-examination and an application to amend pleadings.

Alice regularly acts for both creditors and individual and corporate debtors on a range of insolvency matters. She appears in both bankruptcy and winding up proceedings and advises on matters arising under the Insolvency Act 1986. Alice appeared for the successful appellant in the case of Canning v Irwin Mitchell LLP [2017] EWHC 718 (Ch), concerning service of statutory demands.

Probate and administration of estates

Alice has advised clients on contentious probate matters involving a challenging will on grounds of incapacity and undue influence, and applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Recent instructions have included drafting a summons for the discontinuance of a caveat and appearing on behalf of a claimant in a long-running claim under the 1975 Act involving numerous properties located in the U.K. and Europe and shareholdings in a family business.

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 was instructed as junior counsel to Gary Blaker Q.C. on a multi-million pound professional negligence claim in the Chancery Division of the High Court, involving underlying questions of adverse possession and easements. The case settled during the trial before Nugee J.


Before coming to Selborne, Alice was a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Appeal working primarily for Lord Justice Moore-Bick, the Vice President of the Civil Division. She worked on a variety of complex appeals demanding a high level of intellect and rigorous legal analysis. Alice also undertook an internship with the commercial team of the International Bar Association.

Alice is also an accredited mediator. She is proficient in French.


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Chancery Bar Association

Property Bar Association


  • BA (Hons) Law with Legal Studies in Europe
  • BPTC, BPP (Very Competent)
  • Lord Denning, Hardwicke and Walter Wigglesworth scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn