Firm Profile > Baker & Partners > St Helier, Jersey

Baker & Partners
MIDLAND CHAMBERS
2-10 LIBRARY PLACE
ST HELIER
JE1 2BP
Jersey

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Litigation boutique Baker & Partners is active in a range of matters, although the firm has a particular strength in matters across areas including asset tracing. Stephen Baker is active in complex cases involving civil fraud, as is Simon Thomas, as well as more general commercial litigation and insolvency. William Redgrave continues to be instructed in major cases, such as the Crociani saga. James Sheedy, who is particularly notable in the trusts area, Charlie Sorensen, who is particularly busy in commercial and civil fraud matters, and the English-qualified Lynne Gregory are key senior associates.

Testimonials

‘Baker & Partners have a fantastic disputes practice – their knowledge on trusts is excellent and their entire team from partners to paralegals and other support staff are a pleasure to work with.  They are incredibly responsive and know the Royal Court and its workings very well.’

‘Good balance of regulatory insight (content) and tactical litigation sense (process).’

‘Smart, willing to push back against the client to stress test thinking and assumptions.  Work collaboratively to build the case leveraging the client’s own insight and experience and marrying it with what the firm brings to the table.’

‘William Redgrave has an excellent presence with clients and is a strong but realistic advocate. Lynne Gregory is calm in a crisis, a great advocate and has a real insight into matters.’

Key clients

MB & Services Ltd

Mr Oleg Sheyko

BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation

Trico Ltd

CMC Holdings Limited

Punter Southall Group Limited

Mr David Standish

Grant Thornton

The Viscount of Jersey

Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman

Regulatory and white-collar crime Tier 1

At litigation boutique Baker & Partners, William Redgrave is active in work including public law around police powers of asset freezing, among other disputes of a similar nature. In addition, as a crown advocate Simon Thomas prosecutes key cases for the Jersey government. Senior associates Charlie Sorensen and Lynne Gregory are other key contacts.

Key clients

Prospective Applicant

Attorney General of Jersey

The Viscount of Jersey

Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman

Baker & Partners is a specialist independent offshore litigation and dispute resolution practice.

The firm: Baker & Partners was founded in 2003 and has been at the forefront of some of the most complex and high-value litigation in Jersey. It takes the view that no legal problem is unsolvable. Every step it takes is directed to protect and advance its clients’ interests. The firm’s advice is always straightforward, objective and independent. It remains conflict-free by not operating an associated trust company or financial services business. Its lawyers have extensive practical experience in the courts of not only Jersey but also England, Wales, Cayman and BVI. Their skills, both inside and outside the courtroom, allow Baker & Partners to achieve its clients’ aims in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Types of work undertaken
Trust disputes: Baker & Partners acts for beneficiaries, trustees and other fiduciaries on a range of contentious trust matters including acting in long-running litigation relating to the administration of a substantial family charitable trust which resulted in orders for the removal of the corporate trustee. The firm currently acts for BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation in Crociani v Crociani, one of the biggest trust disputes in Jersey in recent years. The firm acted for the plaintiff in a £30m claim for breach of fiduciary duty of a former director of a Kenyan company and against a major Jersey financial services provider for its role in dishonestly assisting in a fraud that lasted over 30 years. The firm regularly advises and acts for trustees and beneficiaries in respect of breach of trust claims; asset tracing and constructive trust claims; trustee applications for directions; disputes over trust administration and the exercise of powers; and the removal and/or substitution of trustees.

Civil and commercial litigation: Baker & Partners has a leading reputation for resolving high-value, and often complex, civil and commercial disputes. The firm acts for local and international businesses, banks and financial institutions as well as consumers in a range of actions including shareholder disputes; banking litigation; civil fraud claims; breach of contract/covenant claims; injunctions and disclosure orders; conflict of laws and jurisdiction disputes and financial product mis-selling claims.

Fraud, asset tracing and recovery: Baker & Partners has unparalleled experience in bringing and defending major international fraud claims and asset recovery actions before the Jersey courts. The firm acts for foreign governments, NGOs, multinational corporations and private individuals in some of the most complex and high-value political corruption, forfeiture and judgment enforcement actions, including asset tracing claims; confiscation proceedings; freezing two injunctions; disclosure orders; search and seizure orders; civil fraud claims and fraudulent breach of trust claims. The firm has successfully acted in ground-breaking asset tracing litigation to secure US$23m for the Federal Republic of Brazil, and in separate litigation brought by the Republic of Mozambique to recover the proceeds of bribes.

Matrimonial: Baker & Partners is often involved in cases with cross-jurisdictional issues and advises families with complex financial portfolios and structures. The firm has extensive experience of advising clients with high-net-worth matrimonial assets and family trust structures. In the context of matrimonial disputes regarding family trusts, Baker & Partners has also advised trustees on contentious issues including allegations of sham trusts, disclosure, submission to the jurisdiction of the English High Court and enforceability of judgments from the English High Court and other foreign jurisdictions.

Regulatory and investigatory: Baker & Partners’ compliance, risk and regulatory specialists now provide significant commercial experience of Jersey’s and other offshore financial services industries under one efficient offering alongside its legal capabilities. The firm is regularly instructed by regulators, financial institutions and private individuals to advise and act in an array of often highly complex and challenging situations.  In 2020 Baker & Partners has also established Baker Regulatory Services to further strengthen it’s regulatory offering.

Department Name Email Telephone
Civil and commercial litigation Stephen Baker
Civil and commercial litigation Simon Thomas
Civil and commercial litigation William Redgrave
Civil and commercial litigation James Corbett QC
Civil and commercial litigation Lynne Gregory
Civil and commercial litigation James Sheedy
Civil and commercial litigation Charlie Sorensen
Trust disputes and litigation Stephen Baker
Trust disputes and litigation Simon Thomas
Trust disputes and litigation William Redgrave
Trust disputes and litigation James Corbett QC
Trust disputes and litigation James Sheedy
Trust disputes and litigation Lynne Gregory
Financial crime Stephen Baker
Financial Crime James Corbett QC
Financial crime Julian Gollop
Financial crime Cyril Whelan
Fraud, asset tracing and recovery Stephen Baker
Fraud, asset tracing and recovery Simon Thomas
Fraud, asset tracing and recovery William Redgrave
Fraud, asset tracing and recovery James Corbett QC
Fraud, asset tracing and recovery Julian Gollop
Fraud, asset tracing and recovery Cyril Whelan
Fraud, asset tracing and recovery Charles Sorensen
Fraud, asset tracing and recovery Lynne Gregory
Matrimonial Simon Thomas
Regulatory William Redgrave
Photo Name Position Profile
Adv Stephen Baker  photo Adv Stephen Baker Partner advocate. Specialist areas: international asset recovery, international co-operation and financial crime.…
 James Corbett QC  photo James Corbett QC Senior Counsel
Adv Julian Gollop  photo Adv Julian Gollop Partner advocate. Specialist areas: criminal law both defence and prosecution.
 Lynne Gregory  photo Lynne Gregory Senior Associate
Adv William Redgrave  photo Adv William Redgrave Partner
Adv James Sheedy  photo Adv James Sheedy Senior Associate
Adv Charlie Sorensen  photo Adv Charlie Sorensen Senior Associate
Adv Simon Thomas  photo Adv Simon Thomas Partner
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12

Baker & Partners Win Mondaq Award for Influential Commentary

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.


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

 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.


Baker & Partners Seeks Candidate to Begin Pupillage in 2017

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.


Baker & Partners Launches Jersey’s First Trust Litigation Text

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.


Baker & Partners Recognised as Litigation Experts in Top Legal Directory

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.