Biography

Jane Colston's practice focuses on 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. 

Who's Who Legal named her a 2020 “Global Elite Thought Leader" and stated "the excellent Jane Colston is one of the titans of the asset recovery market. Peers impart that she is an outstanding lawyer."

The Legal 500 UK lists Jane as a Leading individual and clients have described her as "everybody’s favourite litigation partner. Indefatigable. Driven. Humane. Efficient. Regular speaker at many conferences – strong thought leader.” Jane was part of the team which won The Legal 500 UK Award for Crime, Fraud and Licensing in 2018 (Firm Specialism of the Year) and 2019 (Firm of the Year). 

Jane is ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners UK for Civil Fraud with clients stating that she is "one of the top fraud lawyers in London" and "incredibly clear in her strategic thoughts and knowledgeable about civil fraud procedure." The guide stated her as "tactically shrewd with an incredible intellect" and "a real class act."

Jane acts as a Supervising Solicitor appointed by the Courts of England and Wales in regard to the execution of search and door-step delivery up orders and is part of Brown Rudnick’s Supervising Solicitors team. She also lectures at conferences such as the International Bar Association and C5 on topics including AI. Jane is a committee member of the International Bar Association Litigation Committee and the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.

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 the Firm's Women in Business speaker series, 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 Litigation Committee and has spoken at several diversity-related conferences on topics related to inclusion in the legal profession.

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.

Awards

Representation

Jane has successfully represented a diverse range of major domestic and international commercial organisations, plcs, State entities and individuals. These include:

Arbitration proceedings relating to a fraud claim against an accessory.

Enforcing an arbitration award.

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 U.S. 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 $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.

Education

University of East Anglia – LLB Law

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of England & Wales
Publications
Author, "Diversity Series: Tackling Impostor Syndrome," IBA - Diversity Series (November 2020)
Co-author, "Be inspired!", IBA Litigation Newsletter (May 2020)
Co-author, "Yes we can: Remote justice in England and Wales – the new norm?", IBA Litigation Newsletter (May 2020)
Author, "Diversity series: What are you doing to promote diversity?", IBA Litigation Newsletter (May 2020)
Author "Sponsored briefing: Surveillance capitalism", Legal Business Disputes Yearbook 2020 (27 March 2020)
Co-author, "Uncovering Fraud: First Response", Financier Worldwide Magazine (December 2019)
Co-author, "IBA Litigation Newsletter Editors’ Note", IBA Litigation Newsletter (September 2019)
Co-author, "Commercial Fraud Litigation – London Pow-wow, June 2019", IBA Litigation Newsletter (September 2019)
Interviewed by Who's Who Legal in relation to their "Though Leaders Global Elite ranking for Asset Recovery"
Co-author, "The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Technology in Global Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practices", INSOL International (July 2019)
Co-author, roundtable, "Views from the Top", International Bar Association, International Litigation Newsletter (May 2019)
Featured in "Celebrating the month of International Women's Day with Jane Colston", Harneys Blog (March 2019)
Author "Tech-driven review vs the fear of missing out", International Disputes Yearbook 2019 (May 2019)
Co-author of "Bang for your buck - FAQs, myths and truths regarding Norwich Pharmacal orders", International Bar Association, International Litigation Newsletter (May 2018)
Co-author, mini-roundtable "Technology Forensics in Fraud Investigations and Disputes", Corporate Disputes Magazine (April-June 2018)
Author of ''Hodl', 'Hit the moon', 'Lambo', 'Miners'', International Disputes Yearbook (2018)
Co-author, Corporate Fraud Roundtable, Financier Worldwide Magazine (November 2018)
Quoted in "Security or not security? Scrutiny of blockchain and ICOs mounts?", Commercial Dispute Resolution News (29 January 2018)
Co-author "Fruit from a poisoned tree: unlawfully obtained evidence", The Law Gazette (30 August 2017)
Author, “IBA brings litigation technology into practice”, Commercial Dispute Resolution (July 2017)
Co-author, "Artificial Intelligence: Change before you have to", Eurofenix (Summer 2017)
Co-author "Enforcing Judgments: Pensions are Not Always Sacrosanct", International Bar Association's International Litigation Newsletter (May 2017)
Quoted in "Mediation: the unsung hero?", Commercial Dispute Resolution News (18 May 2016)
Featured in "Shaking Implicit Bias", Commercial Dispute Resolution News (28 September 2016)
Co-author "Notification Injunction: Belgravia, Blackmail, Boats and Bootstraps", Brown Rudnick Article (5 October 2016)
Co-author of "Use of Committal Procedure in Commercial Fraud Litigation in England and Wales", Who’s Who Legal (August 2015)
Review of Litigation and Alternative Disputes for Financier Worldwide’s Annual Review (December 2013)
Author of "Keeping a Cool Head", Solicitors Journal (18 June 2013)
Co-author of "Search and Seizure Orders, and the Key Role of Supervising Solicitors", International Bar Association, International Litigation Newsletter (April 2013)
Contributed to Crone's Law and the Media and International Tracing of Assets.
Speaking Engagements
Speaker and Co-chair, C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery (March 2020)
Speaker, "Shots Across The Bows - Preliminary Skirmishes Sweep London's Courts," Legal Business Commercial Litigation Summit (July 2019)
Panel Speaker, "Building the law firm of the future," International Bar Association (November 2017)
Panel Co-chair, "How techie is your court?" International Bar Association (September 2017)
Panel Moderator, "Innovation in litigation: prepared for 2027," International Bar Association (May 2017)
Panel Speaker, International Bar Association Young Litigators Forum (May 2017)
Speaker, alongside Phil Beckett (Alvarez & Marsal) and Dipti Hunter (PwC), "Supervising Solicitors and Search Orders Execution," Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association Seminar (September 2017)
Panel Co-chair, "New Technologies in Court (including Case Management)" and "Innovations in Litigation,” IBA Litigation Conference, Zurich (3-5 May 2017)
Speaker, alongside Mona Vaswani (Allen & Overy), "Recent developments in disclosure in fraud actions," C5’s Annual Conference, Geneva (16-17 March 2017)
Speaker, alongside Duncan Matthews QC (Essex Street Chambers), "Pleading and handling fraud cases," The Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, London (October 2016)
Speaker, alongside Richard Millett QC (Essex Court Chambers), Benjamin Borsodi (Managing Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer), and Jerry Samuel (Partner, Conyers Dill & Pearman), "Best Practice Approaches to Obtaining Freezing Injunctions and Search Orders," C5 Forum on Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery, Miami (October 2016)
Speaker, alongside Christine Braamskamp (Partner, K&L Gates) and Amanda Raad (Partner, Ropes & Gray), American Bar Association's White Collar Crime Conference, London (October 2016)
Speaker at the first Global Women Litigators' Breakfast hosted by the IBA Litigation Committee addressing implicit bias, Washington, D.C. (September 2016)
Professional Affiliations
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
Solicitor – Advocate in the Higher Courts in England and Wales
Committee member of Commercial Litigators' Forum (London, New York and Moscow)
Committee member of The Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
Trustee of the International Law Book Facility
Newsletter Editor of the International Bar Association’s Litigation Committee
Awards and Honors
Ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners UK for Civil Fraud (2017-2021). She is described as "an impressive lawyer who is resilient and finds an answer to everything."
Recognized by The Legal 500 UK as a Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for Fraud: Civil and Banking Litigation: Investment & Retail and Commercial Litigation (2015-2021). She is described as "everybody’s favourite litigation partner. Indefatigable. Driven. Humane. Efficient. Regular speaker at many conferences – strong thought leader."
Recognized by Who's Who Legal as a Global Elite Thought Leader – Asset Recovery (2019-2020)
Recognized by Who's Who Legal as a Thought Leader – Women in Law and Litigation (2020)
Winner of The Legal 500 UK Crime Fraud & Licensing Firm of the Year Award (2019)
Winner of The Legal 500 UK Crime Fraud & Licensing Firm (Specialism) of the Year Award for Fraud: Civil (2018)
Shortlisted for Corporate Lawyer of the Year – C5 Women in Compliance Awards (2018)
Winner of the Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards for Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year (2017)
Shortlisted “Best in Litigation” Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law (2017)
Selected for inclusion in the 2013 and 2014 Thomson Reuters' London Super Lawyers List.
Firm Activities
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Co-Partner
Member of the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Council
Leader of the Women's Initiative Group