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James Baker

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Teacher Stern LLP

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Partner and head of our employment team. James advises a wide range of clients including large multi-national companies, small owner-managed business and senior executives.

James regularly advises on all aspects of employment law. These include “day-to-day” issues (such as disciplinary matters and sickness at work) to more stand-alone and discrete matters such as collective consultation on redundancies and employment tribunal and high court cases.

James has particular expertise and experience in restrictive covenants and employee competition, as well as the employment aspects of business sales and staff transfers (including the regulations governing transfers of undertakings in the UK). He has particular sector experience in the financial services arena, and regularly advises regulated businesses and senior individuals on employment law issues.

James’ highlights include:
• advising an asset management business on the recruitment of a large team of senior employees from a rival;
• defending two senior fund managers against injunction proceedings in relation to alleged breaches of employment and post-employment duties;
• defending a brokerage business against whistleblowing and bonus claims;
• advising a logistics business on the loss of a client contract and the resulting TUPE transfer of over 300 staff in 13 countries to the subsequent service provider;
• advising on the closure of a UK manufacturing plant and transfer of its business abroad.

James is also respected for his work for senior individuals in relation to the negotiation and termination of employment contracts. James has successfully negotiated for his clients with employers and prospective employers in many different business sectors including some of the largest global banks and financial services institutions.

Publications: PLC practice note – Confidentiality during employment and after termination; various newspaper and journal articles.


Trained Woodford & Ackroyd (now Trethowans); qualified 1997; assistant solicitor Stringer Saul 1997-2001; assistant solicitor Macfarlanes 2001-05; associate Taylor Walton 2006; associate Macfarlanes 2006-09; partner Teacher Stern 2009.


Employment Lawyers Association.


Highcliffe Comprehensive School (1984-1989); Boumemouth Grammar School (1989--1991); Warwick University (1994 LLB, 2:1); College of Law, Guildford (1995 LPC).


Hiking, gardening, (very basic) class car restoration, guitar (beginner only), reading, squash, family.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Teacher Stern LLP's 'commercial, practical and accessible' practice 'gives a personal, partner-level service to its clients'. The group has particular expertise in restrictive covenants and confidential information work, TUPE, the employment elements of corporate disposals and employment litigation. In a recent highlight, practice head James Baker, who is 'extremely personable, unflappable and empathetic', advised SompoCanopius on the recruitment of insurance brokers, an outsourcing program and confidential information theft. Other clients include Euronext Technologies, Brambles and Gaumont Television UK. Clients also praise Sarah Glockler as 'a clever lawyer with first-rate client skills'; senior consultants David von Hagen and Sarah Culshaw (who joined from Collyer Bristow LLP) are also recommended.

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