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Dispute resolution Tier 1
Baker & Partners presents a truly full-service offering of highly-regarded advocates who are routinely praised by a client list of blue-chip businesses, corporate service providers, foreign governments, private clients and UK law firms. Mandates largely comprise high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes in the fields of contentious trusts, insolvency, asset recovery, civil fraud, commercial litigation and regulatory matters. Adding substantial weight to the already extensive team, which includes stand-out members Stephen Baker ('pragmatic, commercial and creative'), William Redgrave ('clever and tactical') and senior associates James Sheedy ('level-headed'), Charlie Sorensen and Lynne Gregory is the appointment of senior counsel James Corbett QC, who formerly led Kobre & Kim's office in the Cayman Islands.
Regulatory and White-collar Tier 1
Baker & Partners is a leading name in the field of regulatory investigations, regularly acting for both businesses and Jersey’s regulatory prosecutors in a number of high-profile cases. Simon Thomas' experience covers fraud prosecutions, negligent financing claims and regulatory public law issues. Recent mandates for William Redgrave include securing high-value freezing orders for both domestic and international litigation actions, as well as acting in banking-sector mis-selling claims. The also team also has expertise in mutual legal assistance matters.
Baker & Partners > Firm Profile
Baker & Partners is a specialist litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey.
The firm: Baker & Partners was founded in 2003 and has grown to become one of the largest litigation-centric practices in Jersey. The firm 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 and Wales. 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 acts 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.
|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|
|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|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 4 Number of other UK fee-earners : 12
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.
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.
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.
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 Smith, Advocate 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.
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.
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.