The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
Work 01534 766254
Fax 01534 737355

Show all Press releases

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

July 2016

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.

A pupillage is the final, practical stage of training to become a barrister. Baker & Partners is the first offshore practice to offer a pupillage leading to a practising certificate as an English Barrister, with their first pupillage successfully completed by the firm’s Advocate Charlie Sorensen. With their on-going approval from the Bar Standards Board, Baker & Partners will be able to offer a pupillage each year going forward, with the next one to be offered in 2017.

Baker & Partners’ pupillage will be provided in conjunction with XXIV Old Buildings, a commercial chancery chambers in Lincoln’s Inn. Baker & Partners will provide the first six months of training in Jersey, with the firm’s partners Stephen BakerSimon Thomas and William Redgrave acting as pupil supervisors. The second six months will be spent at XXIV Old Buildings, under the supervision of leading practitioners.

On successful completion of the course, the pupil will be eligible to apply for a full practising certificate as an English Barrister.

Advocate Charlie Sorensen commented:

“Pupillage was challenging, rewarding and enjoyable in equal measure. I was fortunate to be supervised by Stephen Baker in Jersey followed by Edward Knight and Lyndsey de Mestre at XXIV Old Buildings – all of whom dedicated substantial time and effort to my development. When I moved to Jersey in 2011 it became my goal to hold practising certificates as both an English Barrister and a Jersey Advocate; the Baker & Partners pupillage program enabled me to realise this ambition and receive invaluable guidance from leading practitioners.”   

Senior Partner Stephen Baker commented:

“Our focus with the pupillages is to prepare the next generation of offshore litigators who are also qualified and practising English Barristers. Through enabling barristers in their last stages of training to gain experience of both the courts of Jersey and the courts of England, we open up the path to offshore practice to many talented lawyers. I’m delighted that Baker & Partners can offer this opportunity.”

Steven Thompson, QC, XXIV Old Buildings commented:

“We are delighted to be working alongside Baker & Partners to offer this innovative pupillage, which will provide substantial opportunities to lawyers looking to ensure they are best prepared to appear before the Jersey courts. By integrating both onshore and offshore in their final stage of training, barristers will gain a unique perspective and invaluable experience, which will form a strong basis for their legal career.”

Legal Developments by:
Baker & Partners

Legal Developments in Jersey

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law

    Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law
  • Jersey Opens the door to QROP’s

    Jersey opens the door to QROPs
  • Jersey Legislation Overview

    Jersey Legislation Overview
  • Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes

    Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes
  • AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences

    AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 
  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
  • New Managed Account Regime for Jersey Hedge Fund Managers

    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
  • Accessing EU Institutional investor capital

    Luxembourg is one of the largest global investment fund domiciles, benefiting from the following factors: