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Paul Baker

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Simmons & Simmons

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Dispute Resolution


Paul is a partner in the financial markets litigation department, leads the firm’s reputation management group, and is the head of Simmons’ in-house eDiscovery team. He specialises in contentious financial services work, with a particular focus on the asset management sector, but also provides reputation management advice across various sectors. He has extensive experience of managing complex litigation and regulatory investigations, including those with an international element.


Paul trained with a leading national firm, qualifying into its litigation team in 2005. He relocated to New Zealand in 2006 to join one of New Zealand’s leading litigation practices, and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 2008. He joined Simmons & Simmons in 2011 and has been a partner since 2015.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Simmons & Simmons' practice 'has excellent industry-leading knowledge'. It is focused exclusively on contentious work for financial institutions, asset managers and hedge funds, and combines expertise in financial markets litigation, investigations, and financial crime. Representative work includes LIBOR, EURIBOR, FX benchmarking, and major product mis-selling claims. Tim Boyce is financial markets litigation practice head, Richard Bunce is 'able to see the big picture and advise on strategy', Ed Crosse is a 'tremendous commercial litigator', and Alexander Thavenot is 'responsive to client demands and has an impressive strategic handle on matters'. Other widely respected partners include senior partner Colin Passmore, as well as Robert Turner, Caroline Hunter-Yeats, Robert Allen and Paul Baker. Joanna Pearson relocated to the London office from Singapore, and Adam Brown and Elizabeth Williams were promoted to the partnership.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Simmons & Simmons' mining team is adept at advising on complex projects in emerging countries, as demonstrated by its work for De Beers on its new operations and purchasing arrangements in Sierra Leone. The practice's stellar client base also includes banks, alternative lenders, private equity investors and major mining companies, which Iain Duncan and his team advise on the full spectrum of matters. Key lawyers include 'exceptional' Paris-based partner Yves Baratte and the well-regarded Paul Baker in London.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Simmons & Simmons advise high-profile corporate clients, providing them with pre-publication and social media advice. When assisting large institutions or their senior individuals, the firm often handles reputation issues across multiple jurisdictions. In addition to its banking clientele, the 'intelligent' team headed by Robert Allen and the 'sensible and commercially minded' Paul Baker receives instructions from hedge funds, asset managers, FinTech companies and challenger banks. Allen's practice is focused on remedial steps required following a data breach; Baker is experienced at leading and managing High Court defamation proceedings.

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Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
    - Simmons & Simmons

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