Areas of expertise

Professional information

  • 2018/19: Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School
  • 2017: Appointed silk
  • 2012 – 2015: Standing junior counsel to HMRC
  • 2003: Called to the Bar
  • 1998: Qualified as a solicitor
  • LLM (Har), Dip LP (Edin), LLB Hons (Edin)
Professional experience

Almira regularly advises on insolvency and corporate matters. She is experienced in complex evidential hearings in commercial disputes, and in conducting legal debates and appeals.

Almira is rated a Band 1 silk for restructuring/insolvency and company work by Chambers & Partners.

Notable cases
  • Premier Oil plc v Fund III Investment 1 (Cayman) Ltd [2020] CSOH 39: Sanction of two creditors’ schemes of arrangement in relation to liabilities of around US$2.56 billion, contested by the largest single creditor group.
  • Administrator of Dawson International plc, Noter 2018 SLT 1000: Consideration of the appropriateness of directions sought by the administrators in the context of potential English environmental law liabilities.
  • Joint Administrators of Granite City Assets Ltd, Petitioners [2018] CSOH 55: Assessment of whether, in the context of the relevant funding arrangements, certain sums paid by way of deposits were secured by a standard security.
  • Panel on Takeovers and Mergers v King 2018 SC 459: First enforcement proceedings in the UK under section 955 of the Companies Act 2006.
  • SSE Generation Ltd v Hochtief Solutions [2016] CSOH 177: Complex evidential hearing (one of the longest in the Scottish courts in recent years), in relation to the collapse of a hydropower tunnel.
  • Chambers UK Bar – Recommended as leading silk in Company (Band 1) and Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)

Chambers provide the following quotations from market participants on Almira and her work:

  • She is highly recommended.’; ‘She is very bright, user-friendly and very easy to work with.’; ‘She is strong on company law matters. She has a great client manner and is very responsive.’; ‘She is formidable, very effective and always knows exactly what to do.‘ (2020)
  • extremely brainy, does first-class research and is very well-instructed’; ‘She is very efficient, easy to deal with and very good on her feet in court. You can trust her to always look at matters quickly and in a lot of depth.’; ‘She is intelligent and a real fighter – she likes to think outside of the box.‘ (2019)
  • She’s a real fighter and she understood and worked well as part of a team.’; ‘She was very personable and quick to grasp the details.‘ (2018)
  • Almira will fight hard for you. She has a huge brain and is very committed.’; ‘She has a keen intellect and isn’t afraid of a fight.’; ‘Extremely capable and absolutely top-notch.’ (2017)
  • She has a particularly astute brain when it comes to cases with strong technical questions. Good for any mind-bending cases.’; ‘She is knowledgeable, user-friendly, bright and pleasant.’; ‘She is a very bright advocate who has the ear of the court.‘ (2016)
  • She is very good tactically, and recognised as being in the top few juniors at the Scottish Bar.’; ‘She is a real team player and a bright advocate.’; ‘She is invariably well prepared and adds greatly to the representation of the clients’ interests in any case.’; ‘She has the most impressive mind. Her understanding of detailed statutory provisions is a great assistance.‘ (2015)
  • A highly rated junior who has a significant commercial practice. She is praised by instructing solicitors for her in-depth preparation and vast intellect.’; ‘She is a highly intelligent individual with outstanding ability.’; ‘She has a keen grasp of legal issues and takes a practical view at all times; she is able to explain complex matters in a manner that can be easily understood by clients.’; ‘She is robust and fearless on her feet, and is also highly intelligent and diligent.’ (2014)
  • Almira’s background in venture capital and corporate finance assists her when she is handling corporate restructuring and schemes of arrangement disputes. ‘Astute’ and ‘authoritative’ she is recommended by solicitors not only for her legal skills but also for being client-friendly and a pleasure to work with.’; ‘She is tenacious and is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and fight causes that others will not.’ (2013)
  • combines superb academic understanding with a practical and commercial approach’.; ‘She has a strong background in corporate finance.‘ (2012)

Legal 500 comment on Almira in this way:

  • A very bright and tactical silk who has the ear of the court.’; ‘She provides creative insights into cases.’ (2019)
  • She is a good commercial advocate with strong drafting skills.‘ (2016)
  • Able to deal with the most technical company and commercial matters with ease.’; ‘Great intellect and extremely approachable.‘ (2015)
  • noted for her ‘formidable combination of ability and commitment”; ‘definitely among the most conscientious barristers at the Bar, and routinely produces written work ahead of schedule.‘ (2013)
  • very intelligent and wonderful to work with’; ‘very strong in commercial petitions’; ‘very good junior who is committed and creative in her thinking‘ (2012)
  • should be seen very much as the rising star in commercial law in Scotland‘ (2011)
Select publications
  • Contributor to Competition Litigation – UK Practice and Procedure, eds Brealey QC & George (Oxford University Press 2019)