Jane Standage

Partner - Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Jane is a first-class litigator who acts on large scale commercial disputes.  Recognised by leading legal directory Chambers Asia-Pacific, Jane is identified by sources as “a clearly talented lawyer with an increasingly high profile” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022.  Jane has also been recognised as a member of The Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist for Australasia 2022 for practitioners with arbitration expertise.

Jane’s clients include large corporates, banks, insurance brokers and other financial institutions.  She has particular expertise in banking and financial services litigation, consumer law, class action disputes, complex contractual disputes, arbitration, insurance, Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA), professional negligence claims, and disputes involving issues of companies and securities law.

She routinely acts for clients in relation to investigations and prosecutions by regulators such as the Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission and Reserve Bank.  Jane also has significant CCCFA expertise including having been involved on the insurance side of the Sportzone case and advising many banks and financial institutions on CCCFA risk mitigation and liaising with the regulator.

Jane has completed a Master of Laws at New York University on a Fulbright Scholarship and Hauser Global Scholarship.  In the early part of her career, Jane was a Judge’s Clerk at the New Zealand Court of Appeal for Justice Glazebrook and worked as a junior barrister for David Goddard QC (now Justice Goddard). She then went on to become an associate in the litigation team in London at Allen & Overy LLP.

Jane is a Board member of INFINZ, a member of the CPA Disciplinary Tribunal and, up until December 2020, she was the deputy co-convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Law Reform Committee.

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Professional background

Recent work

Financial services litigation and regulatory investigations
  • Acting for a major bank on a significant Fair Trading Act inquiry regarding fees.
  • Acting in relation to an investigation under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989 regarding alleged breaches of conditions of registration.
Arbitration
  • Successfully defending a large energy company in a contractual dispute regarding carbon emissions worth approximately $150 million.
  • Acting for a major insurance broker at arbitration in relation to claims of negligence, breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct under the Fair Trading Act 1986 worth $350 million.
Consumer law prosecutions, regulation, and disputes

Defending a prosecution by the Commerce Commission on charges laid regarding a “Made in New Zealand” claim.

CCCFA enforcement and compliance

Advising major banks and financial service providers in relation to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 and Commerce Commission investigations into lending.

Complex contractual disputes

Acting on a significant contractual dispute in the agricultural sector regarding termination of a large number of growers’ contractual arrangements.

Admitted

  • 2007, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLM, New York University School of Law
  • BA, LLB (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington

Affiliations

  • Board Member, Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc (INFINZ)
  • Disciplinary Committee Lay Member, CPA Australia

Specialisations

  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Financial Services Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial and Corporate Disputes
  • Consumer Law Disputes and Prosecutions
  • Insurance Disputes and Insurance Broker Liability
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Investigations

Awards

  • Ranked as a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Ranked as a member of The Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist - Australasia
  • Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific