Jane Standage

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Jane is an experienced litigator and co-leader of the firm’s dispute resolution division. She has particular expertise in banking and financial services litigation, class action disputes, complex contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and disputes involving issues of companies and securities law.

Jane has acted on large scale commercial disputes in New Zealand and internationally.  She is experienced in managing complex, high-value disputes involving court proceedings, mediation and arbitration.  She offers commercially astute advice in order to avoid disputes and to resolve matters at an early stage.

Jane joined MinterEllisonRuddWatts in January 2017 from another major New Zealand law firm.  Prior to that, Jane worked in the commercial litigation team at Allen & Overy, London.  She also 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 and worked as a junior barrister for David Goddard QC.  She was the top graduating law student at Victoria University in her year.

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Professional background

Recent work

Financial services litigation and class actions

Acted for one of the top four audit firms defending a professional negligence claim in relation to the audit engagements carried out for a finance company, in proceedings against an investment fund which invested client money in Madoff feeder funds, and for a major New Zealand bank in defence of a class action claim regarding account fees and credit fees.

Insurance litigation

Acting for a major insurance broker in relation to claims of negligence, breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct under the Fair Trading Act 1986.

FMA/NZX inquiries

Acted for listed companies in relation to continuous disclosure obligations and insider trading.

CCCFA compliance

Advising clients in relation to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 and Commerce Commission investigations into lending.

Complex contractual disputes

Acted on a claim of breach of an aeroplane supply contract, a mediation regarding breach of a naval ship building contract, warranty breaches under a sale and purchase agreement of a company and software contract disputes. Also acting on an arbitration for a company regarding a dispute as to who is contractually responsible for satisfying carbon emissions obligations pursuant to an indemnity.

Injunctive relief

Acted for large corporate entities seeking urgent injunctive relief including acting for a major Russian bank obtaining freezing orders worldwide.


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


  • Member, New Zealand Law Society Law Reform Committee


  • Commercial and Corporate Disputes
  • Insurance disputes and insurance broker liability
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Banking and Financial Services Litigation