AREA OF PRACTICE
Jane Colston specialises in complex and high-value commercial banking, contract and tort disputes as well as company, shareholders and partnership disputes. Jane has acted in numerous complex fraud cases and has extensive experience of forensic investigations, most of which have involved working with teams of investigators and accountants, and coordinating lawyers in multiple jurisdictions to trace and freeze assets. She has managed numerous cases involving freezing, search, disclosure, gagging and delivery up injunctions as well as breach of confidence claims.
Jane serves as Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Partner ("EID Partner"), along with her counterpart Chelsea Mullarney in the New York office. As an EID Partner, Jane works alongside the Director of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity to develop and implement the Firm's strategy for maintaining an inclusive work environment. In this role, Jane is a visible champion for the Firm's efforts to recruit, hire, develop and promote diverse and women lawyers, and actively engages Firm leadership to ensure equity and inclusion remain strategic business priorities.
Jane's passion for inclusion extends beyond her role as EID partner to her practice and external activities. Since 2016, Jane has organized Women in Business speaker series in our London office, bringing together women [lawyers and business professionals] from across industries to discuss their careers. Jane also serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the International Bar Association ("IBA") litigation committee and has spoken at several diversity-related conferences on topics related to inclusion in the legal profession.
Chambers & Partners UK 2019 ranks Jane in Band 1 for Civil Fraud. The guide hails her as "one of the country's leading fraud lawyers," and as "tactically shrewd with an incredible intellect – she is a real class act."
Legal 500 2018 names Jane as a Leading Individual: “a dynamic and creative practitioner’ who ‘brings a fabulous intellect, credibility and command of law along with incredible strategic thinking and client-facing skills’.
Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery Lawyers' Analysis 2018 and 2019 names her as one of the Global Elite "Thought Leaders” and states she is “one of the best and brightest in the field” according to peers who consider her “a top player” in the asset tracing space. They regard her as “an excellent litigation partner” known for her “clear and concise” approach.
In addition, Jane is part of the team which won The Legal 500's award for firm specialist of the year in 2018 and again 2019 in fraud litigation.
Jane acts as a Supervising Solicitor appointed by the English Court in regard to the execution of search and door-step delivery up orders. She also lectures at conferences eg the IBA and C5 including in regard to AI.
Prior to joining Brown Rudnick Jane trained and then qualified into Hogan Lovells’ litigation department. She then joined Baker & McKenzie. In 2004 she co-founded the litigation boutique Masseys which was described by The Times as ‘go to’ for banking disputes. Masseys merged with Stewarts Law in 2010.
Jane has successfully represented a diverse range of major domestic and international commercial organisations, plcs, State entities and individuals. These include:
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