Jana specialises in international human rights and public and regulatory law. She has particular expertise in building and litigating cases seeking accountability for IHRL violations and international crimes. Alongside her work in chambers she works for the Open Society Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations, where she leads their work on accountability for rights violations in the context of national security and counter terror operations.

She also has expertise across a range of Chambers’ other practice areas, including Professional Discipline, Financial Services, and Sport. She has been instructed in cases that have appeared before a number of different courts and tribunals including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Administrative Court, Commercial Court, Chancery Division, County Court and Employment Tribunal.

Jana is recognised as a leading junior in The Legal 500 2017-2020 for her expertise in Professional Discipline and Regulatory. 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Jana specialises in seeking accountability for clients for rights violations. Alongside her work through Chambers, she works for the Open Society Justice Initiative, where she builds strategic litigation cases for redress, accountability and legal reform. She has particular experience building cases arising from armed conflicts, including the ongoing Syrian conflict, challenging discriminatory measures on behalf of minority communities and seeking accountability for crimes under the principle of universal jurisdiction. Her work involves building coalitions with affected communities, and carrying out communications and political advocacy alongside traditional litigation. 

Before joining Chambers Jana assisted the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and volunteered with a number of NGOs in the field of legal empowerment, including interning with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Public & Regulatory

Jana has been instructed in a number of public law cases, including in the Supreme Court. She has particular experience in regulatory cases, including professional discipline (for which see below) and has expertise in a wide variety of sectors – from financial services to sports. Between 2015-2020 she was one of three Legal Secretaries to the Ethics Board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) (now World Athletics), which investigated breaches of the IAAF Code of Ethics. The Ethics Board published a number of high profile decisions relating to corrupt practices in athletics, including surrounding anti-doping processes. Jana developed particular expertise in leading investigations into allegations of financial and other corruption. In 2014 she also spent three months on secondment to the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

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Professional Discipline

Jana is experienced in advising individuals on investigations by their regulatory bodies including health care regulators and accountancy institutions. Between 2015-2020 she was one of three Legal Secretaries to the Ethics Board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) (now World Athletics), which investigated breaches of the IAAF Code of Ethics. Jana developed particular expertise in leading investigations in professional discipline cases, including into allegations of financial and other corruption. 

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Financial Services

Jana has been instructed in a range of financial services cases. In 2014 she spent three months on secondment to the FCA (General Counsel Division) where she undertook a broad range of work including drafting sourcebook rules, advising on discrimination issues arising from the provision of financial services, and advising on judicial review challenges.

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Employment

Jana has been instructed by a broad range of clients in employment matters. She acts for both claimants and respondents.

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Sport

Jana has experience representing sports regulatory bodies. In November 2015 she became one of two legal secretaries to the IAAF Ethics Board, which investigates breaches of the IAAF Code of Ethics. To date the Ethics Board has published a number of high profile decisions relating to corrupt practices in athletics, including surrounding anti-doping processes.

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Commercial

Jana has experience of trial and advisory work in commercial cases, including trust law.

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EU & Competition

Jana appeared as junior counsel in the Supreme Court in a case considering the appropriate standard of review for cases engaging rights under the Services Directive 2006/123/EC and the Provision of Services Regulations 2009/2999.

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Achievements

Education

English Literature and Language (BA Hons, Oxon): First Class (second in year); Graduate Diploma in Law: Distinction; BPTC: Outstanding.

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