Janna is an experienced advocate practising in civil and commercial litigation. She has particular expertise in disputes concerning trusts, estates, contract and equity.
Janna is a results-focused barrister. She is regularly instructed to provide pragmatic and commercially realistic advice in a wide range of general civil and commercial disputes, including contract and tort matters, governance issues and in complex litigation. She assists high net worth families and trustees with advisory opinions and compliance advice. In addition to her core specialisms in trust and estate disputes, Janna has a particular interest in contract, professional negligence and judicial review.
She has appeared at all levels of the New Zealand courts, including as both lead counsel and counsel assisting the High Court. She also appears as junior counsel with some of New Zealand’s leading barristers.
In addition to her work as an advocate, Janna regularly presents at professional seminars / conferences and is actively involved in law reform, including as a former member of the New Zealand Law Society Law Reform Committee and past president of the Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association. She is a member the New Zealand Bar Association, the New Zealand Law Society and the Canterbury Women Lawyers’ Association.
Prior to joining the independent bar in 2016, Janna worked at Wilson Harle (Auckland) and at Russell McVeagh (Wellington). She holds a Masters of Law from the University of Michigan, where she was a Grotius Fellow in 2010-2011, and a BA /LLB (First Class Hons) from the University of Canterbury (2007). Following graduation, Janna spent two years as a Judge’s Clerk to the Rt.Hon. Sir Andrew Tipping at the Supreme Court of New Zealand.
She has offices in Christchurch and Auckland and accepts instructions from around the country.
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