BCom LLB (Hons) • Auckland
Jania is a commercial litigator and member of the firm’s Board of Management.
She is one of New Zealand’s leading litigators, specialising in insurance, product liability, privacy and media law.
She acts on major commercial cases involving complex contractual, tortious, fair trading and intellectual property disputes. She has extensive experience acting for insurers to defend and resolve claims and policy coverage issues across a range of industries.
Jania works with clients to protect private or confidential information, and advises on digital content liability, defamation, harmful digital communications, privacy, and other corporate reputation issues.
Jania works alongside her clients to develop strategies that manage risk and meets their objectives. Her advice is always practical and written in plain language.
Jania is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (iapp), the New Zealand Insurance Law Association; and the Auckland Women Lawyers' Association.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2022
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2018
Representing Auckland Council in the Supreme Court in its successful defence of judicial review proceedings challenging the validity of the accommodation provider targeted rate, Auckland Council v CP Group Ltd & Ors (2023).
Te Whatu Ora & Ministry of Justice
Obtaining urgent restraining orders preventing the access, use or disclosure of confidential information obtained during a cyber-attack on Mercury IT, Te Whatu Ora & Anor v Unknown Defendants (2023).
Representing Marlborough Lines in High Court litigation brought by a beneficiary of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust for the provision of documents under the Trusts Act 2019, Taylor v Inder & Ors (2022).
Representing Whakaata Maori (then Maori Television) in Durie v Gardener & Maori Television, the leading Court of Appeal defamation decision establishing a defence of responsible communications on matters of public interest.
New Zealand Food & Grocery Council
Representing NZFGC in High Court defamation proceedings Sellman v Slater & Ors (2020).
Waikato District Health Board (now Te Whatu Ora)
Obtaining an urgent injunction against Radio New Zealand and others to protect information obtained during a cyber-attack, Waikato District Health Board v Radio New Zealand & Ors (2022), and successfully pursuing a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
Successfully defending High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings concerning passing off and Fair Trading Act claims brought by a competitor, National Mini Storage v National Storage Ltd (2018).
Internet service provider
Advice on online content liability and a range of contentious issues and Court proceedings.
Acting and advising on a number of complex multi–claimant product liability disputes.