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Instructing Jas Jandu

For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0)20 7242 3555.

Jas Jandu’s practice ranges from Financial Services Enforcement and Financial Crime to Commercial Litigation.

He is currently on secondment at the FCA. Further details of his extensive Financial Services law experience appear in his ‘Regulatory & Professional Discipline’ section below.

As a former Commercial Litigation Solicitor & ex-FCA In-House Counsel, Jas also has over 14 years’ experience of advising and acting for UK/international corporates, individuals or public bodies on matters of English law and complex High Court litigation with an international element.

He is also qualified for Direct Public Access work and can accept instructions directly from the public (individuals or businesses) in suitable cases for legal advice, representation in Court and the conduct of litigation.

Professional Background & Experience

Before being called to the Bar in 2014, Jas was a Solicitor Advocate with over 10 years’ litigation experience. He joined 7BR in 2017 after 8 years as senior litigation lawyer and in-house counsel at the FCA where he developed specialist, advanced expertise in Financial Services Enforcement.

Whilst at the FCA, Jas worked on various Regulatory cases, Civil litigation and Criminal investigations. He advised across the FCA’s remit from authorisations to retail / wholesale financial matters, including presenting cases to the FCA Regulatory Decisions Committee.

Jas previously worked at several top-flight law firms acting on £multi-million commercial cases across a range of sectors including International Media Events and Public-Private Sector Disputes. He trained at Allen & Overy with secondments at Liberty (Human Rights Law) and the High Court.

Jas mentors aspiring law students through the Social Mobility Foundation. He was educated at the University of Nottingham and his personal interests include music, drama and art.

 

Legal Expertise

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Jas has particular expertise in Financial Services matters and was a senior investigation / litigation lawyer and in-house Counsel at the Financial Conduct Authority from 2009 to 2017.

During his time at the FCA, Jas worked on various regulatory cases, civil litigation and criminal investigations, advising across the whole of the FCA’s remit from authorisations refusals to retail / wholesale matters.

His work at the FCA included presenting cases to the Regulatory Decisions Committee and defending the FCA in the Upper Tribunal, including enforcement action for lack of integrity. He also advised on highly confidential market abuse and money laundering cases.

Jas investigated and brought High Court proceedings for ‘breaches of the general prohibition’ and ‘false and misleading statements’ made by unauthorised businesses and their Solicitors (which he was particularly well-placed to investigate, having 10 years of experience as a Solicitor himself).

Prior to joining the FCA, during his time as a Solicitor at a leading law firm, Jas also advised innocent investors caught up in £multi-million unauthorised investment schemes (including schemes prosecuted at the time by the then Financial Services Authority).

Notable Regulatory & Professional Discipline cases

R v Gopee (2019)

Advising and assisting the FCA (on secondment) in complex POCA restraint & confiscation proceedings arising from the Defendant’s conviction for operating an illegal / unauthorised money lending business.

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Advising an incoming EEA e-money firm (2018)

On payment services passporting issues, post-Brexit planning and UK FCA authorisation requirements.

Offshore Financial Services AML/CFT Compliance (2018)

Assisting on a confidential, complex and high-value offshore financial services Anti-Money Laundering & Counter-Terrorism Financing compliance review. Reporting on compliance and record-keeping effectiveness across a wide range of client files and assisting on a review of Corporate Governance issues.

Advising an Independent Financial Advisor (2018)

On the pre-action defence of potential professional negligence claims over pensions investment advice.

FCA v Capital Alternatives & Others [2018]

Jas had day-to-day conduct of this complex litigation culminating in a successful Trial in Summer 2017 following which the High Court ordered £16.9m+ to be paid back to investors. His work on this case involved applying for and policing several injunctions / undertakings as well as dealing with international law issues and numerous litigants in person / represented parties, including a Solicitor Defendant. Jas led successful pre-trial settlement negotiations with two of the 16 Defendants.

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FCA v Capital Alternatives & Others [2015] EWCA Civ 284

Jas was also the lead litigator for the FCA in the Preliminary Trial and Appeal of the above case in which the Court of Appeal confirmed that certain carbon credits and land investment schemes were unauthorised Collective Investment Schemes under ss.19/235 of FSMA 2000.

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FCA v Avacade Ltd & Others (2017)

Pre-action advice in a complex High Court claim for alleged s.397/89 misleading statements and alleged breaches of s.19/21 (unauthorised business & financial promotions) in relation to self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and alternative investments.

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FCA ban of Messrs Kelly & Gray (2016)

For lack of integrity concerning pension advice.

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FCA investigation of Solicitor Mr Walker

Sentenced in 2015 to 5.5 years alongside seven others for his role in a fraudulent £4m+ unauthorised Collective Investment Scheme.

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Upper Tribunal Ruling Re. Mr Allen (2015)

Full prohibition for lack of fitness and propriety for tendering false and misleading evidence in Court.

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£0.5m FCA fine of Reckitt Benckiser (2015)

For listing rule failures.

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£2.8m FCA fine of Policy Administration Services Ltd (2013)

For poor complaints handling re. insurance policies sold by Phones 4u Ltd.

FCA Decision to issue SIF Prohibition to Mr Rosier (2013)

For regulatory failings.

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£175K FSA fine of Nestor Healthcare Group (2013)

For ‘clearance to deal’ failings.

View case >
£113K FSA fine of Co-op Bank Plc (2013)

For failure to handle PPI complaints fairly.

View case >

Financial Crime

Jas has expertise in Financial Crime & Fraud. He is currently on secondment at the FCA assisting on a complex POCA confiscation case and associated civil litigation.

Prior to joining Chambers, he spent almost 8 years from 2009-17 as a senior investigation / litigation lawyer and in-house counsel at the FCA, where he advised on several civil and criminal ‘fraud’ and ‘misleading statements’ cases.

Notable Financial Crime cases

R v Gopee (2019)

Advising and assisting the FCA (on secondment) in complex POCA restraint & confiscation proceedings arising from the Defendant’s conviction for operating an illegal / unauthorised money lending business.

View case >
Offshore Financial Services AML/CFT Compliance (2018)

Assisting on a confidential, complex and high-value offshore financial services Anti-Money Laundering & Counter-Terrorism Financing compliance review. Reporting on compliance and record-keeping effectiveness across a wide range of client files and assisting on a review of Corporate Governance issues.

Operation Cotton

Assisting on the investigation which culminated in the FCA's prosecution in 2015. Investors had lost over £4m in an unauthorised Collective Investment Scheme and the case resulted in eight convictions.

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R v Meeson & Ors (2013)

Aassisted on the initial FCA investigation. Prosecution of a £5m tax fraud perpetrated by a former Tax Association President and others; investigated by the FCA, HMRC and TPR.


Crime

Jas accepts instructions in general Crime both for the Crown Prosecution Service and for the Defence. He has appeared in the Crown & Magistrates Courts on mentions, bail applications, sentencing and other hearings in relation to various offences and matters, including:

  • Assault / ABH / GBH
  • Drugs Offences
  • Dangerous Driving
  • Firearms Offences
  • Fraud Offences
  • Harassment, Alarm & Distress
  • Money Laundering
  • POCA Confiscations
  • Private Prosecutions
  • Racial / Religious Aggravation
  • Restraining Order Breaches
  • Robbery / Burglary
  • Sexual Offences
  • Tax / Customs Evasion
  • Trafficking / Exploitation

Commercial

Jas has experience of advising on complex High Court cases with an international element, representing clients on County Court matters and in Alternative Dispute Resolution or Mediation. He is therefore well-placed to assist on business / commercial advisory issues and disputes.

He also previously advised on High Court litigation both as In-House Counsel at the FCA and as a Commercial Litigation Solicitor at several top-flight law firms on a wide range of matters.

Notable Commercial cases

High Court (2019)

Advising and assisting the FCA on claims brought in the Business & Property Courts (while on secondment at the FCA).

Director (2019)

Successfully defending a Director (2019) and his Construction Company (both victims of ‘identity fraud’) in a contractual loan guarantee claim brought against him inappropriately by a Business Loan Finance Company.

International Global Technology Company (2018)

Advising an International Global Technology Company (2018) on potential legal risks of a commercial relationship with a high profile third party.

FCA v Capital Alternatives & Others [2018]

Jas had day-to-day conduct of this complex litigation from 2012-17 whilst working at the FCA. The case culminated in a successful Trial in Summer 2017 following which the High Court ordered £16.9m+ to be paid back to investors. His work on this case involved applying for and policing several freezing injunctions / undertakings as well as dealing with international law issues and numerous litigants in person / represented parties, including a Solicitor Defendant. Jas led successful pre-trial settlement negotiations with two of the 16 Defendants following a Preliminary Trial and a successfully defended appeal to the Court of Appeal on which he also advised.

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Ram Media Ltd v Greek MoC [2008] EWHC 1835 (QB)

Claim against the Greek Ministry of Culture regarding a TV show and media contract claim arising from the cancellation of the 2006 FIFPro international footballer awards. The case resulted in a €2.7m judgment and third party debt order against the Greek Ministry Of Culture.

View judgment >
Synthetic-Gas Plant Dispute

Concerning a facility in China. Acting for contractor in a Singapore International Arbitration Centre case and gathering evidence in Holland under the International Bar Association Rules.

Wembley National Stadium

Adjudication claims brought by the Football Association against Multiplex arising from delays to the £750m+ stadium.

DeVilbiss Medequip v NHS PASA & Ors [2005] EWHC 1757 (ChD)

Claim challenging Home-Oxygen tender process run by NHS procurement agency.


Offshore & International

As a former Commercial Litigation Solicitor & ex-FCA In-House Counsel, Jas has over 14 years’ experience of advising and acting for UK/international corporates, individuals or public bodies on matters of English law and complex High Court litigation with an international element.

He spent 8 years from 2009-2017 as a senior investigation / litigation lawyer and in-house counsel at the Financial Conduct Authority. During his time at the FCA, Jas worked on various regulatory cases, civil litigation and criminal investigations with international issues.

Jas also previously worked as a Commercial Litigation Solicitor at several top-flight, international law firms where he advised on a wide range of Commercial Litigation matters with an international element.

Notable Offshore & International cases

Advising an incoming EEA e-money firm (2018)

On payment services passporting issues, post-Brexit planning and UK FCA authorisation requirements.

Offshore Financial Services AML/CFT Compliance (2018)

Assisting on a confidential, complex and high-value offshore financial services Anti-Money Laundering & Counter-Terrorism Financing compliance review. Reporting on compliance and record-keeping effectiveness across a wide range of client files and assisting on a review of Corporate Governance issues.

FCA v Capital Alternatives & Others [2018]

Jas had day-to-day conduct of this complex litigation culminating in a successful Trial in Summer 2017 following which the High Court ordered £16.9m+ to be paid back to investors. The case involved applying for and policing several injunctions/undertakings over assets in the UK and abroad as well as dealing with related international law issues.

FCA v Capital Alternatives & Others [2015] EWCA Civ 284

Jas was also the lead litigator for the FCA in the Preliminary Trial following which the Court of Appeal confirmed that various South American, African and Australian carbon credits and an African land investment scheme were unauthorised Collective Investment Schemes under ss.19/235 of FSMA 2000.

View judgment >
FCA ban of Messrs Kelly & Gray (2016)

For lack of integrity concerning pension advice (which involved consideration of related international issues).

View case >
Ram Media Ltd v Greek MoC [2008] EWHC 1835 (QB)

Claim against the Greek Ministry of Culture regarding a TV show and media contract claim arising from the cancellation of the 2006 FIFPro international footballer awards. The case resulted in a €2.7m judgment and third party debt order against the Greek Ministry Of Culture.

View judgment >
Synthetic-Gas Plant Dispute

Acting for a contractor in a Singapore International Arbitration Centre case concerning a facility in China. Work on this matter included gathering evidence in Holland under the International Bar Association Rules.

Wembley National Stadium

Adjudication claims brought by the Football Association against Australian contractor Multiplex, arising from delays to the £750m+ stadium.


Public Law

Jas can advise on Public Law issues (including Judicial Review matters) which may arise in connection with his other practice areas. He has experience of advising both Claimants and Defendants in cases involving public authorities.

He previously worked as in-house counsel in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Conduct Authority from 2009-17 where his day-to-day work included advising on Public Law issues such as use of statutory powers (e.g. in the conduct of investigations / proceedings) in various cases.

Prior to joining the FCA, Jas worked at several law firms where he also advised and assisted on a wide range of matters including Public-Private Sector disputes. As a Trainee Solicitor at a Magic Circle law firm, Jas was seconded to Liberty (National Council for Civil Liberties) where he assisted on various Human Rights cases.

Notable Public Law cases

Judicial Review (2019)

Advising and assisting the FCA in successfully defending an application for Judicial Review commenced in the High Court (while on secondment at the FCA).

FCA ban of Mr Kelly & Mr Gray for lack of integrity (2016)

View case >
FCA v Capital Alternatives & 15 Ors [2015] EWCA Civ 284 (unauthorised CISs)

View case >
Upper Tribunal full prohibition of Mr Allen for lack of fitness and propriety (2015)

View case >
£0.5m FCA fine of Reckitt Benckiser for listing rule failures (2015)

View case >
FCA Decision to issue a SIF Prohibition to Mr Rosier (Bayliss & Co) (2013)

View case >
£175K FSA fine of Nestor Healthcare Group for ‘clearance to deal’ failings (2013)

View case >
£113K FSA fine of Co-op Bank plc for failing to handle PPI complaints fairly (2013)

View case >
Assisting the CPS/HMRC in prosecuting a £multi-million tax fraud

View case >
DeVilbiss Medequip v NHS PASA & Ors [2005] EWHC 1757 (ChD)

Claim challenging Home-Oxygen tender process run by NHS procurement agency.

View case >
R (Stanley, Marshall & Kelly) v Met Police Comm. & Anr [2004] EWHC 2229 (Admin)

Judicial Review of ASBO publicity and alleged breach of privacy.

View case >

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