Jane has an extensive public law practice specialising in data protection, education, environment (including environmental information), freedom of information, human rights, local authorities, and National Health Service, public procurement, social security and transport, and immigration and asylum. 

In the regulatory field, Jane’s work has involved utilities regulation, electoral law, medical and health care regulation, including pharmaceuticals regulation, legal and financial services regulation, including issues concerning the Financial Ombudsman Service, planning issues and transport regulation, and the law on judicial appointments.   She recently appeared as Junior Counsel for the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (“Ofgem”) in British Gas Trading Ltd v GEMA in the Competition and Markets Authority.  

In the field of environmental law, Jane has appeared in a number of cases concerning environmental protection and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, as well as advising on various related issues, such as the Habitats and Birds Directives, and waste management.  She also advises on the application of the Environmental Information Regulations, and appeared as Junior Counsel in the Supreme Court in Ofcom v Information Commissioner.  

More generally, Jane also advises and represents clients on a number of issues concerning the application of the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act.  She appeared as Junior Counsel in the Upper Tribunal for UCAS in UCAS v Information Commissioner.

Jane’s human rights practice spans and complements the whole range of her public law work, including immigration, environmental law, planning matters and questions arising in regulatory proceedings.


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Jane has an extensive public law practice specialising in data protection, education, environment (including environmental information), freedom of information, human rights, local authorities, and National Health Service, public procurement, social security and transport, and immigration and asylum.  She has recently appeared as Junior Counsel in the Court of Appeal in London Borough of Enfield v Secretary of State for Transport in a judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision on a rail transport franchise specification.   

In the regulatory field, Jane’s work has involved utilities regulation, electoral law, medical and health care regulation, including pharmaceuticals regulation, legal and financial services regulation, including issues concerning the Financial Ombudsman Service, planning issues and transport regulation, and the law on judicial appointments.   She appeared last year as Junior Counsel for the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (“Ofgem”) in British Gas Trading Ltd v GEMA in the Competition and Markets Authority.  

In the field of environmental law, Jane has appeared in a number of cases concerning environmental protection and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, as well as advising on various related issues, such as the Habitats and Birds Directives, and waste management.  She also advises on the application of the Environmental Information Regulations, and appeared as Junior Counsel in the Supreme Court in Ofcom v Information Commissioner.  

More generally, Jane also advises and represents clients on a number of issues concerning the application of the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act.  She recently appeared as Junior Counsel in the Upper Tribunal for UCAS in UCAS v Information Commissioner.

Bar Pro Bono Unit: Jane is also an immigration case reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

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Environment

In the field of environmental law, Jane has appeared in a number of cases concerning environmental protection and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, as well as advising on various related issues, such as the Habitats and Birds Directives, and waste management.  She also advises on the application of the Environmental Information Regulations, and appeared as Junior Counsel in the Supreme Court in Ofcom v Information Commissioner.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Jane’s human rights practice spans and complements the whole range of her public law work, including immigration, environmental law, planning matters and questions arising in regulatory proceedings.

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Data Protection, Freedom of Information & Privacy

Jane advises on data protection, privacy and freedom of information issues, including environmental information. She appeared as Junior Counsel in the Supreme Court in Ofcom v Information Commissioner , and in the Upper Tribunal for UCAS in UCAS v Information Commissioner

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EU & Competition

Jane advises on a range of EU law issues including competition, public procurement including transport procurement, state aids, the effect of the Data Protection directive and Directive on access to environmental information, environmental protection directives, freedom of movement, and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts regulations.

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Commercial

Jane has recently acted as Junior Counsel for the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority in British Gas Ltd v GEMA in the Competition and Markets Authority, in a case concerning an appeal against the authority’s price control decision for electricity distribution network operators.  She has also acted as Junior Counsel in international arbitrations, involving issues of public and public international law as well as commercial law.  

Jane has also acted and advised in a number of cases involving contractual disputes and sale and supply of goods and services.   

Jane’s advisory public work also frequently raises commercial issues such as questions relating to corporate personality, and the protection of consumer interests and property rights.

Jane’s interests in this field have led to her instruction in cases dealing with professional negligence; EU and competition law; insurance; carriage of goods; company law; conflict of laws and public procurement.

Jane’s work in freedom of information frequently involves her in issues relating to commercial confidentiality, breach of confidence, intellectual property rights and competition issues.  She has recently acted as Counsel in a challenge to the First Tier Tribunal’s decision on disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act, involving issues of commercial confidentiality. 

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Financial Services

Jane’s regulatory practice includes advising and acting both for regulatory -authorities and for other parties. She has advised the Financial Services Authority on various questions relating to financial services regulation, including the then draft Financial Services and Markets Bill and the regulatory regime, and has also advised and acted in matters concerning the Financial Ombudsman Service.  

Jane was also involved in the Office of Fair Trading’s work on bank charges, and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 and EU Directive on unfair terms in consumer contracts. She has also advised on issues relating to building societies regulation.  

Achievements

Education

BA (Cantab), MBA (Lond)

Memberships

  • ALBA
  • COMBAR
  • Immigration case reviewer for Bar Pro Bono Unit

Selected earlier reported cases

Public & Regulatory

  • Ross Weedle v Brighton and Hove City Teaching Primary Care Trust 
  • South Pennine Moors SSSI, SAC and SPA 
  • Ribble Estuary SSSI and SPA
  • W v Secretary of State 
  • Ofcom v Information Commissioner 2011 UKUT 116 AAC
  • PA (Ghana) v Secretary of State for the Home Department 
  • Channel 4 v Information Commissioner EA/2010/0134, February 2011
  • Staffordshire County Council v Information Commissioner and Sibelco (UK) Limited EA/2010/0015 
  • Sugar v BBC [2010] EWCA Civ 715 
  • Dore v Leicestershire County Council and Governors of St Hardulph’s School [2010] EWHC 34 
  • Mersey Tunnel Users Association v Information Commissioner and Halton Borough Council [2010] UKITEA 20009 0001 
  • Data Broadcasting International v Office of Communications [2010] EWHC 1243
  • HJ (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 172, [2010] UKSC 31 
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council v Information Commissioner and York Place EA/2009/09
  • Boggis v Natural England and Waveney District Council [2008] EWHC 2954 (Admin), [2009] EWCA Civ 1061
  • JM and OO v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 1432 
  • Latimer v Information Commissioner and Environment Agency [2009] UKIT EA 2008 0018
  • Williams v Information Commissioner and Cardiff Vale Trust EA/2008/0042 
  • MA (Palestinian Territories) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 304
  • LJ (Albania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 127
  • Bromley v Information Commissioner and the Environment Agency EA/2006/0072, 31 August 2007
  • G (Eritrea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 801
  • KR (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 154
  • R (J) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2006] EWCA Civ 1238 
  • R (K) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2006] EWHC 1208 (Admin)

Immigration

  • HJ (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 172, [2010] UKSC 31 
  • JM and OO v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 1432 
  • MA (Palestinian Territories) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 304
  • LJ (Albania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 127
  • AG (Eritrea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 801
  • KR (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 154
  • R (J) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2006] EWCA Civ 1238 
  • R (K) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2006] EWHC 1208 (Admin) 
  • R (J) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2006] EWCA Civ 1238 
  • R (K) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2006] EWHC 1208 (Admin) 

Local Government

  • Staffordshire County Council v Information Commissioner and Sibelco (UK) Limited EA/2010/0015 
  • Dore v Leicestershire County Council and Governors of St Hardulph’s School [2010] EWHC 34 
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council v Information Commissioner and York Place EA/2009/09
  • Mersey Tunnel Users Association v Information Commissioner and Halton Borough Council EA/2009/0001 

Environment

  • South Pennine Moors SSSI, SAC and SPA (2012)
  • Ribble Estuary SSSI (2011)
  • Staffordshire County Council v Information Commissioner and Sibelco (UK) Limited EA/2010/0015 
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council v Information Commissioner and York Place EA/2009/09
  • Boggis v Natural England and Waveney District Council [2008] EWHC 2954 (Admin) [2009] EWCA Civ 1061 
  • Mersey Tunnel Users Association v Information Commissioner and Halton Borough Council EA/2009/0001 
  • Latimer v Information Commissioner and Environment Agency [2009] UKIT EA 2008 0018
  • R (Western Power Distribution Investments Ltd) v Countryside Council for Wales [2007] EWHC 50 (Admin) 
  • Bromley v Information Commissioner and the Environment Agency EA/2006/0072, 31 August 2007

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

  • Sugar v BBC [2010] EWCA Civ 715 
  • HJ (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department UKAIT 00044, [2009] EWCA Civ 172 [2010] UKSC Civ 172
  • JM and OO v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 1432 
  • PA (Ghana) v Secretary of State 2009 
  • MA (Palestinian Territories) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 304
  • LJ (Albania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 127
  • AG (Eritrea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 801
  • KR (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 154
  • R (J) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2006] EWCA Civ 1238 
  • R (K) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2006] EWHC 1208 (Admin) 

Data protection, freedom of information & privacy

  • Ofcom v Information Commissioner 2011 UKUT 116 AAC
  • Channel 4 v Information Commissioner EA/2010/0134, February 2011
  • Staffordshire County Council v Information Commissioner and Sibelco (UK) Limited EA/2010/0015 
  • Sugar v BBC [2010] EWCA Civ 715 
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council v Information Commissioner and York Place EA/2009/09
  • Mersey Tunnel Users Association v Information Commissioner and Halton Borough Council EA/2009/0001 
  • Latimer v Information Commissioner and Environment Agency [2009] UKIT EA 2008 0018 
  • Williams v Information Commissioner and Cardiff Vale Trust EA/2008/0042 –
  • Bromley v Information Commissioner and the Environment Agency EA/2006/0072, 31 August 2007

EU & Competition

  • PA (Ghana) v Secretary of State 2009 
  • Boggis v Natural England and Waveney District Council [2008] EWHC 2954 (Admin) [2009] EWCA Civ 1061 
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council v Information Commissioner and York Place EA/2009/09
  • Mersey Tunnel Users Association v Information Commissioner and Halton Borough Council EA/2009/0001

Commercial

  • Data Broadcasting International v Ofcom [2010] EWHC 1243
  • Office of Fair Trading - bank charges; Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999; and EU Directive on unfair terms in consumer contracts. 
  • Advised on issues relating to building societies regulation.    
  • Ofcom v Information Commissioner and T-Mobile EA/2006/0078, 4 September 2007, [2008] EWHC 1445; [2009] EWCA Civ 90, [2010] UKSC 3.
  • Mersey Tunnel Users Association v Information Commissioner and Halton Borough Council EA/2009/0001.

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