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Aileen
McErlean

Year of call: 2011

Introduction

Aileen has a broad based commercial practice with particular emphasis on company and insolvency matters. She has considerable experience in contractual and commercial disputes and civil fraud claims. Aileen is also regularly instructed in asset-based lending claims and guarantee disputes. Aileen appears regularly in the High Court (primarily unled) and is able to advise on litigation strategy, interim applications and ADR. She acts on behalf of insolvency practitioners, technology multi-nationals, utilities companies, banks, accountants and insurers in complex, high value claims. 

Examples of Aileen’s recent work, include:

  • Acting as junior to Nigel Jones QC in a substantial international arbitration involving issues of trusts, property law and conflict of laws.
  • Acting as junior to Nigel Jones QC in the high profile Ofgem determination concerning the application of Schedule 2ZA of the Electricity Act 1989 to the private distribution network at Heathrow Airport.
  • Advising a Swedish Bank in respect of claims against an English company (in administration)  arising out of a factoring agreement and the effect of the administration on extant Swedish proceedings.
  • Acting for nationwide construction contractors in restraining presentation of petitions based on interim payments and adjudicators awards.

Prior to joining Hardwicke in 2011, Aileen spent 3 years working in the commercial litigation department of a leading regional law firm.

She is a tenacious advocate, a pragmatic advisor and, owing to her experience, she has tactical and commercial awareness beyond her call.

Professional Associations

  • Associate Member of R3
  • COMBAR
  • London Common Law and Commercial Law Bar Association
  • Member of Chancery Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Publications

Aileen is a contributing author to Insurance Broking Law and Practice (ed CMS Cameron McKenna).

Regular contributor to the LexisNexis PSL Dispute Resolution Blog and Lexis Corporate Rescue and Recovery Case Alerter.series.

Qualifications

  • Middle Temple Certificate of Honour
  • Bar Vocational Course: Outstanding
  • Law LLB (Bristol University): 2:1