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Baker & Partners Offices
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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.
‘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.’
MB & Services Ltd
Mr Oleg Sheyko
BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation
CMC Holdings Limited
Punter Southall Group Limited
Mr David Standish
The Viscount of Jersey
Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman
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.
Baker & Partners > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|Adv Stephen Baker||Partner advocate. Specialist areas: international asset recovery, international co-operation and financial crime.…||View Profile|
|James Corbett QC||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
|Adv Julian Gollop||Partner advocate. Specialist areas: criminal law both defence and prosecution.||View Profile|
|Lynne Gregory||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Adv William Redgrave||Partner||View Profile|
|Adv James Sheedy||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Adv Charlie Sorensen||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Adv Simon Thomas||Partner||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 4 Number of other UK fee-earners : 12
Press Releases19th October 2017
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.
19th October 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.
7th February 2017
7th February 2017
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.
15th November 2016
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.