Keystone Law

Jane Harte-Lovelace

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Practice Areas

Jane is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer who advises companies, board members and high-net-worth individuals on risk and the avoidance and resolution of disputes both domestic and international.

Jane has a particular focus on disputes involving property and trusts and maximising insurance recoveries for policyholders. She also advises companies in relation to workplace safety with experience in dealing with the aftermath of serious and fatal accidents in the workplace.

Although Jane prefers to resolve disputes without the need for proceedings, she has extensive experience of litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Career

Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2017, Jane worked at the following firms:

- K&L Gates

- Stephenson Harwood

Professional Memberships

Member of the Property Litigation Association

Experience

Insurance claims:

- Acting for a leading retail chain to advise and assist in a dispute with a major broker

- Acted for major private bank on a wide-ranging review of their insurance policies

- Advised property owner on very large insurance claim following fire and the mismanagement of the rebuild by insurers’ appointed loss adjusters, and recovered a sum considerably in excess of policy limit

Property disputes:

- Acted in a significant dispute with local authority

- Several cases involving the validity of break notices for both landlords and tenants including expedited trial and appeal

- Advised a property owner on claims by tenant arising from alleged toxic mould and damage to an art collection

Trusts:

- Advised corporate trustees on series of disputes involving tracing and title to trust assets

- Advised corporate trustees on property issues caused by mismanagement of assets by beneficiaries

- Advised beneficiary of trust in relation disputes with trustees and protector

Partnership and shareholder disputes

- Acted for partners of firm in arbitration brought by former partner alleging unfair treatment

- Acted for majority shareholder defending unfair prejudice claim

Professional negligence:

- Acting for employer in a claim against architects and contractors

- Defended claims against solicitors

Financial institutions:

- Acted as global co-ordinator for bank facing proceedings in numerous jurisdictions

- Successfully got proceedings against a bank struck out (first instance and Court of Appeal)

- Acted for a financial institution in arbitrations arising from commodity trading disputes

Health and safety

- Advised construction and manufacturing companies in relation to accidents including attending on fatal accidents, carrying out interviews and investigations, inquest and criminal prosecution

- Advised companies on historic asbestos claims and liabilities

- Advised a manufacturing company following fatal accident inquest and subsequent prosecution

Fine art:

- Advised bank on security over a vintage car

- Advised a high-net-worth individual in a dispute with an antique dealer

- Advised a landlord sued for damage to tenant’s art collection

Election disputes:

- Advised local, mayoral and parliamentary candidates on election petitions and electoral offences