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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Two Baker & Partners Team Members Promoted as Pupil Gains Recognition for Advocacy Excellence

March 2018. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners, a specialist litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey Channel Islands, has promoted two members of its legal team to Associates of the firm following their successful completion of the Jersey Law Exams.  At the same time, one of their Pupil Barristers has gained the Middle Temple and a Master David Blunt QC prize while participating in the Middle Temple Advocacy Course 2018. 

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Baker & Partners Win Mondaq Award for Influential Commentary

October 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners are delighted to have received a Mondaq award for the ‘Contributor With Most Popular Articles in Jersey’. Mondaq is one of the largest and most comprehensive independent online resources for professional legal, financial and regulatory information. The award is allocated based on detailed analysis of which articles are read the most across 70 countries, taking data from the Mondaq global website, newsletters and wider distribution network.

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Baker & Partners Recognised as Tier 1 Alongside Dispute Resolution Elite in Legal 500 UK 2017

October 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

 has been ranked as a Tier 1 legal firm for Dispute Resolution in the leading guide to law firms in the UK, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017.

The annual guide recommends law firms and lawyers across the UK based on location and strengths in practice areas. Baker & Partners was recommended as a Tier 1 firm for Dispute Resolution and a Tier 4 firm for Private Client, Trusts Tax. To achieve top tier status, the Baker & Partners team had to demonstrate a high level of expertise across the spectrum of Dispute Resolution, covering areas such as trust litigation, civil fraud and asset tracing.

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Baker & Partners Provide Insights into Regulatory ‘Hot Topics’ for Local Industry

July 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

At a Breakfast Briefing Event this week, entitled ‘Walking The Tightrope’, Baker and Partners provided guidance on current regulatory ‘Hot Topics’ to Jersey’s compliance industry. The panel discussion facilitated by, Director of Regulatory and Compliance, Tim SmithAdvocate William Redgrave and Advocate Simon Thomas Baker & Partners, discussed several important areas of focus for finance industry professionals with particular emphasis on effective Suspicious Activity Reporting (SARs) and Sanctions issues.

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Baker & Partners Welcomes the Newest Addition to its Growing Team of Legal Experts

May 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners welcomes the newest addition to its growing team of law experts, Senior Associate, Lynne Gregory.

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Baker & Partners Introduces the Criminal Finances Act 2017 to Local Industry at Briefing Event

May 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners invited members of Jersey’s financial services industry to discover the implications of the newly passed Criminal Finances Act 2017 at a Breakfast Briefing Event - Prevention Better Than a Cure? with Advocate Simon Thomas on 11th May 2017.

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Baker & Partners’ Expert Recognised as Global Leader in Asset Recovery by IBA

March 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Senior Partner of Baker & Partners, has been recognised by the International Bar Association (IBA), the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies, having been appointed Senior Vice Chair of its Asset Recovery Subcommittee.

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Baker & Partners Launches Jersey’s First Trust Litigation Text

February 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners has launched Litigating Trust Disputes in Jersey: Law, Procedure & Remedies. This substantial new book is Jersey’s first practitioner text dedicated exclusively to trust litigation in Jersey’s courts.

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Baker & Partners Seeks Candidate to Begin Pupillage in 2017

February 2017. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners is seeking a candidate to begin a 12-month pupillage in 2017 further to being granted ongoing Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status by the Bar Standards Board.

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Baker & Partners Recognised as Litigation Experts in Top Legal Directory

November 2016. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners has been recognised as an expert in offshore dispute resolution having achieved a second-tier ranking in Chambers UK 2017, a legal directory by Chambers and Partners which ranks law practices and lawyers operating within the UK.

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Baker & Partners Ranked Tier 1 for Jersey Dispute Resolution in Legal 500 Index

September 2016. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners has been ranked in the top tier of Jersey legal firms for Dispute Resolution in the 2016 Legal 500 Index. This makes Baker & Partners the only bespoke litigation firm in Jersey operating in the top tier.

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Baker & Partners to Hold Breakfast Briefing on Financial Institutions Caught Up in Fraud Litigation

September 2016. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners will be holding a Breakfast Briefing on fraud and asset recovery cases involving financial institutions on 22nd September, 8.00-9.30am, at The Royal Yacht Hotel.

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Baker & Partners First Jersey Practice Approved to Offer a Yearly Pupillage

July 2016. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners, a specialist litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, has been approved on-going by the Bar Standards Board to offer a pupillage each year.

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Local Advocate Stephen Baker Shares Expertise at C5 Asia Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery Conference

June 2016. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Senior Partner at Baker & Partners, Stephen Baker, spoke this week at the second C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Asia conference in Hong Kong on overcoming asset protection strategies in key offshore jurisdictions. Baker & Partners also sponsored the conference, which saw over one hundred legal experts from across the globe share insights from their respective jurisdictions.

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Baker & Partners Prepare Jersey Businesses For Next Round of Panama Paper Disclosures

May 2016. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Last week, William Redgrave and Ed Shorrock, from Jersey-based specialist dispute resolution practice Baker & Partners, delivered a Breakfast Briefing on the "Panama Papers" to Jersey’s financial services community.

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Stephen Baker Receives Global Award as Contentious Offshore Lawyer of the Year

April 2016. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Senior Partner at Jersey litigation firm Baker & Partners, has won the prestigious Contentious Offshore Lawyer of the Year award from the Association for Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

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Baker & Partners Brief Jersey’s Financial Services Industry on Conflicts of Interest

April 2016. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Ed Shorrock and James Sheedy of specialist litigation and dispute resolution practice Baker & Partners delivered a Breakfast Briefing on conflicts of interest to one hundred members of Jersey’s legal and financial community.

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Stephen Baker Delivers Expert Insight at London Conference Regarding Beddoe Relief and Trustees’ A

November 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Senior Partner at Baker & Partners, opened the conference at Five Stone Buildings regarding Beddoe Relief and Trustees’ Applications for Directions on 13th October 2015.

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Baker & Partners Relocate Offices to St Helier’s Iconic Old Midland Bank

November 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners, a specialist litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, have moved offices to the restored old Midland Bank in Library Place, St Helier.

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Baker & Partners Return Trusteeship to Jersey in Contentious Trust Case

November 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Simon Thomas and James Sheedy of Baker & Partners have secured a significant victory for the beneficiary in the case of Dick-Stock v PanTrust International SA, Wigley & Wigley 2015 JRC 223, with the Jersey Royal Court accepting jurisdiction to remove and replace the Panama-based trustees. Two trusts in question will now be transferred to Jersey-based G.B. Trustees by court order.

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Stephen Baker Leads Panel at Global ICC FraudNet Conference in Vienna

October 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Senior Partner at Jersey-based law firm, Baker and Partners, lead a panel at the ICC FraudNet Conference on Fraud, Corruption and Asset Recovery in Vienna, Austria on 2nd October 2015.

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Stephen Baker Ranked as the Only Jersey Lawyer to Make Top Legal List

September 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Senior Partner at Jersey based law firm Baker & Partners, has been ranked as one of the top lawyers in the field of asset tracing and recovery by Who’s Who Legal.   

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Baker & Partners Join Costa Rican Defense Team to Secure Acquittal of Ann Patton for Husband’s Mur

September 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Senior Partner and Advocate at Baker & Partners, joined the defense team for Ann Patton against the Costa Rican Public Prosecutor, securing her second acquittal for the murder of her husband, multi-millionaire John Bender, in Costa Rica.

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Stephen Baker Speaks at International Fraud Conference in Hong Kong

July 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, Senior Partner at Baker & Partners, recently participated in a panel discussion at the C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery conference in Hong Kong about tracing the proceeds of fraud and corruption into key offshore jurisdictions.

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Stephen Baker Demonstrates Expertise on Panel at Global Anti-Corruption Conference

June 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Stephen Baker, senior partner at Baker & Partners, was invited as a panelist to the International Bar Association (IBA)’s Annual Anti-Corruption conference, Paris, exploring how assets can be located, preserved and recovered in corruption cases.

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Baker & Partners Warn Local Firms About Dishonest Assistance

May 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners have issued a Guidance Note to the local financial industry, warning firms about the dangers of providing dishonest assistance to clients and giving practical advice on how to avoid it.

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Baker & Partners Drive Best Practice for Local Trust Firms

April 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners have issued a Guidance Note covering the retirement, replacement and removal of trustees, with information of great relevance to Jersey’s legal community and the broader legal and financial sectors. 

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Baker & Partners Hold Breakfast Briefing on Dishonest Assistance

April 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Baker & Partners, a premier litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, will hold their next breakfast briefing for Jersey's financial services industry on the topic of dishonest assistance on Thursday 26th March, 8.30-09.30am, at the Royal Yacht. 

Baker & Partners, a premier litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, will hold their next breakfast briefing for Jersey's financial services industry on the topic of dishonest assistance on Thursday 26th March, 8.30-09.30am, at the Royal Yacht. 

The briefing will be led by Advocate William Redgrave and Associate James Sheedy, who will explore the legal position of those who have carried out client instructions without first considering or investigating the legitimacy of their client’s activities. They will use practical examples to illustrate what can go wrong, and will suggest how businesses should act to avoid the risk of exposure.

William Redgrave CTAPS is a Jersey Advocate and English Barrister with extensive experience in litigation and a focus on advocacy. William worked on many recent notable civil decisions in Jersey. He also has substantial experience in criminal fraud cases and in regulatory matters involving financial services.

James Sheedy is an English barrister who joined Baker & Partners as an Associate in January 2014. He specialises in traditional Chancery work and contentious trusts. James has experience in breach of trust claims, issues about trust administration and trustee powers, enforcement of judgments against trustees and issues concerning trustees’ costs.

William Redgrave commented:

“I am looking forward to the next breakfast briefing. This is an important and relevant topic for those working in Jersey’s financial sector, as I find that not everyone appreciates the sort of conduct the courts will describe as dishonest assistance. Being on the wrong end of a dishonest assistance claim can be very damaging, both financially and in terms of reputation.”

Registration opens at 8.00am. Breakfast will be provided from 8.10am.

RSVP online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/baker-partners-presents-dishonest-assistance-understanding-the-risks-tickets-16054700040 or alternatively contact Christian May, Business Development manager at christianmay@bakerandpartners.com, telephone: +44(0)1534 766254. 

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Baker & Partners' William Redgrave Receives Prestigious ACTAPS Membership

March 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

18th February 2015

Baker & Partners are happy to announce Jersey Advocate and English Barrister William Redgrave’s acceptance into membership of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists).

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Breakfast Briefing: RRR - Trustee Removal, Replacement & Retirement

March 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

12th February 2015

The focus of this briefing will be the three Rs of Removal, Replacement, and Retirement of trustees, and will be delivered by Advocate William Redgrave and Associate James Sheedy, both from Baker & Partners.

 

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Baker & Partners Receive High Interest For Briefing On Trustee Removal, Replacement & Retirement

March 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

10th February 2015

Baker & Partners, a premier litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, will hold their next Breakfast Briefing discussing the Three Rs: Removal, Replacement and Retirement of trustees, on Thursday 12th February, 8.00am-9.30am at the Royal Yacht. Jersey businesses have demonstrated a marked interest in the briefing, with registered attendance almost at maximum capacity.

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Senior Associate Simon Thomas, Called To Local Bar & Receives Two Awards From Law Society Of Jersey

March 2015. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

27th January 2015

Baker & Partners celebrates the achievements of Simon Thomas, Advocate and Senior Associate, who has been called to the Jersey Bar and received two awards from the Law Society of Jersey

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EMBARGOED UNTIL 8AM, MONDAY 10TH JANUARY 2011

January 2011. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Appointment of new partner for Jersey law firm

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Dual Advocacy Success for BakerPlatt

November 2010. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

Two senior associates from specialist law firm BakerPlatt have been admitted as Advocates of the Royal Court of Jersey. Joanna Woods and William Redgrave have been sworn in as Advocates after successfully completing all the necessary legal examinations at their first sitting.

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Senior Appointment Reinforces BakerPlatt’s Forensic and Regulatory Expertise

September 2008. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

The BakerPlatt Group has appointed Ed Shorrock as Director of Forensic and Regulatory Services.

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BakerPlatt appoint former Mourant partner

February 2008. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

BakerPlatt has appointed Advocate David Wilson as a partner of its law firm.

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BakerPlatt appoint Group Practice Director

February 2008. Press Releases by Baker & Partners (view listing).

BakerPlatt has appointed chartered accountant Jim Scott to the new post of Group Practice Director.

 

 

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  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
  • New Cayman Data Protection Law – A guide for Cayman funds

    The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 ( DP Law ) is currently scheduled to come into effect on 30 September 2019.  Once commenced, it will enact a framework of rights and duties to regulate the processing of individuals' personal data broadly based on the same internationally recognised privacy principles that form the basis for other data protection laws globally.  The DP Law will regulate the processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands and will affect any entity established in the Cayman Islands, including investment funds, that processes personal data regardless of whether such processing takes place within the Cayman Islands and regardless of whether the personal data relates to Cayman individuals.  For our full briefing see Cayman Islands Data Protection Law: An Ogier Client Guide .
  • Exempt bodies: Substance regulations may still apply

    The Income Tax (Substance Requirements)(Implementation) Regulations, 2018 as amended (the Substance Regulations ) came into force on 1 January 2019 and have recently been further updated by The Income Tax (Substance Requirements)(Implementation)(Amendment) Regulations, 2019 (the Amendment Regulations ), with effect from 1 August 2019.  The Amendment Regulations have extended the scope of the Substance Regulations to include all tax exempt bodies that have been granted an exemption under paragraphs (3) and (5) of Schedule 1 of the Income Tax (Exempt Bodies) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 1989 (as amended) (the Exempt Bodies Ordinance ).  In addition, the Amendment Regulations clarify the scope of the Substance Regulations in relation to IP Assets and High Risk IP Companies – the balance of this note focuses on the change in status of tax exempt bodies. 
  • Cayman Islands wills law heralds a more flexible approach

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  • Luxembourg Government submits bill to Parliament implementing the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 2

    On 8 August 2019, the Luxembourg Government submitted a draft law to the Parliament (the Draft Law ) to implement the Council Directive (EU) 2017/952 of 29 May 2017 ( ATAD 2 or the Directive ) into Luxembourg domestic law.
  • Ogier fund finance team now offers Luxembourg legal advice from US time zone with return of Catharin

    Ogier's fund finance team now offers Luxembourg legal advice from a US time zone with the return of fund finance specialist Catharina von Finckenhagen to the Cayman Islands as a dual-qualified Luxembourg advocate and Cayman attorney.
  • Enhanced Information for Cayman Entities

    The Cayman Islands Government has passed a number of amendment laws to strengthen Cayman's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime. The laws, published on 8 August 2019, are intended to help address certain recommended actions in Cayman's legislative framework identified by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its evaluation report published in March 2019.
  • Register of beneficial owners deadline approaching – are you ready?

    As of 1 March 2019, the Luxembourg law of 13 January 2019 (the Law ) creating a register of beneficial owners ( Registre des bénéficiaires effectifs or " RBE ") is in force.
  • Jersey substance proposals – the Banking and Finance perspective

    EU finance ministers have formally approved Jersey's economic substance legislation by removing the jurisdiction from the "grey list" on 12 March 2019 and the Privy Council granted formal approval to the Taxation (Companies - Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 2019 (the Law) on 13 March 2019. The Law takes effect from 1 January 2019.
  • Ogier advises on $889 million acquisition of AIM traded payment services company by way of scheme of

    Ogier has advised Canadian payments technology company Nuvei Corporation on the US$889 million acquisition of AIM traded SafeCharge International Group Limited by means of a Court-sanctioned Guernsey scheme of arrangement.