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 was recognized in Who's Who Legal 2018 for her asset recovery work, where she was called “one of the best and brightest in the field” according to peers who consider her “a top player” in the asset tracing space. Jane has a wide breadth of experience in domestic and international litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Jane also acts as a Supervising Solicitor appointed by the English Court in regard to the execution of search and door-step delivery up orders.

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:

A £100m commercial fraud and breach of trust case including search and freezing orders.

Advising the former owners of an ex-CIS State oil company in multi-million US dollar litigation arising from the financing and sale of the company, including defending and obtaining injunctions and coordinating proceedings in several jurisdictions.

Advising on substantial banking-related claims involving banks such as Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, HBOS and BNP Paribas.

Acting for one of the defendants in a $300 million fraud claim, one of several pending before the High Court, allegedly perpetrated on JSC BTA Bank of Kazakhstan by its former chair and majority shareholder, Mukhtar Ablyazov (JSC BTA-v-(1) Solodchenko (2) Ereshchenko [2012] EWHC 550 (Ch), JSC BTA-v-(1) Solodchenko (2) Ereshchenko [2012] EWHC 1891 (Ch) and JSC BTA Bank-v-Anatoly Ereshchenko [2013] EWCA Civ 1961).

Acting for the Liquidators of Stanford International Bank Limited, Marcus Wide and Hugh Dickson of Grant Thornton in regard to the fraud perpetrated by Robert Allen Stanford and others, which resulted in Stanford International Bank Limited losing an estimated US$4.4 billion by the time it failed in February 2009.

Defending two Defendants in a $287million alleged oil trading fraud (Arcadia Petroleum Ltd v Peter Bosworth [2015] EWCH 3025).

Acting for the mezzanine lenders challenging a restructuring and advancing claims against the security trustee (Saltri III Limited-v-MD Mezzanine SA [2012] EWHC 1270).

Acting for an Australian Mining Co in a contract dispute with an Indonesian mining company (PT Thiess Contractors Indonesia-v-PT Kaltim Prima Coal [2011] EWHC 1842 (Comm)).

Acting for a Plc pursuing breach of confidential information claims including obtaining emergency injunctions.



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