Since 2003, Baker & Partners has been at the forefront of some of the most complex and high value commercial and trust litigation in Jersey. We believe that no legal problem is unsolvable. The firm builds on the wealth of experience of its founding Partner, Stephen Baker and the combined decades of expertise of its senior lawyers.
We operate out of offices based in Jersey, London, Cayman and BVI and maintain straightforward, objective and independent advice. We remain conflict free by not operating an associated trust company or financial services business.
We have recently established Baker Regulatory Services Limited, a unique offering which provides specialist regulatory services.
Our aim is to become the best litigation practice in Jersey and we are able to achieve this by working to the task and not to the clock. We also make sure our core values are present in everything we do, enabling us to give you the best possible service.
Our leading Partners and team of expert litigators, as well as the firm as a whole are members of important industry bodies.
Baker & Partners is unique among Jersey firms in being led by a partnership of very experienced courtroom advocates who have between them conducted a very large number of trials both in England and Jersey. This has earned the firm a reputation for the kind of forensic and incisive analysis of a dispute that is the hallmark of the English bar.
Our Senior Partner Stephen Baker is the only Jersey litigation lawyer who is actively involved in the International Bar Association. He was Chairman of the Asset Recovery Subcommittee for 2018/19. He is a much sought-after speaker at conferences internationally.
Working with the partners is a substantial and experienced team of high-quality lawyers and assistants, selected for their ability to bring home outstanding results.
Advocate James Sheedy’s book ‘Litigating Trust Disputes in Jersey: Law, Procedure and Remedies’, published by Bloomsbury, is the only legal practitioner text of its kind in Jersey and continues to attract praise locally and overseas.
For over 15 years the firm has acted in some of the most substantial Jersey litigation including contentious trust and commercial matters, fraud, asset recovery and regulatory cases. Our work is often highly complex and usually has an international component. Baker & Partners acts for blue chip companies, trustees, beneficiaries, high net worth individuals and governments.
The firm has been responsible for recovering many hundreds of millions of pounds on behalf of corporations, individuals and governments.
Among the cases in which the firm has acted are the well-known Crociani v Crociani, Trilogy Management Limited v YT, Dalemont v Senatorov and Brazil v Durant. The firm continues to act for the Plaintiff CMC Holdings against Royal Bank of Canada in Jersey’s leading ongoing civil asset recovery litigation.
The firm also acted for: Grant Thornton as liquidators of BVI companies found liable for substantial corrupt activities; judgment creditors against a subsidiary of Y, the oligarch X’s company (confidential); X in which we will act for the creditors of one of the UK’s largest arbitration awards; and successfully prosecuting the former managing director of Lumiere Wealth Limited, a firm of independent financial advisers for a number of mis-selling offences in connection with investments in a high risk, unregulated Guernsey fund investing in factoring of receivables in Brazil.
In order to service the needs of these types of cases, Baker & Partners has a long established and successful track record of assembling multi-jurisdictional teams of lawyers, insolvency practitioners and other professionals to achieve the very best results.
The firm has been a pioneer in the use of international treaties, agreements and statutory powers to achieve results in litigation where none had been thought possible.
Baker & Partners has a commitment to excellence for our employees, external colleagues and our clients. This commitment extends to supporting the community, locally and further afield. This is evidenced in many ways, including our Youth Advocacy Competition, Student Placement Scheme and other such initiatives.
“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. They 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.”
Baker & Partners is consistently high ranked in the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and other leading legal directories for our chosen service areas.
Within Dispute Resolution, Baker & Partners is a Top Tier firm.
‘Very coordinated, knows the local courts very well and therefore sets itself the right targets for winning locally. Has excellent advocates and excellent research juniors. Has good leadership.’
‘An extremely hard working team. Attentive and very responsive. Always willing to go above and beyond to assist the client. Able to provide reasonable alternatives to resolve issues and puts every effort to ensure that client’s interests are protected. They are equipped with latest updates, and are on top of their game with a good network locally and abroad.’
‘The team are the go-to team in Jersey for high-value catastrophic personal injury claims. They have a wealth of experience and a depth of talent unmatched by any firm in this jurisdiction.’
Regulatory and White-Collar
Within regulatory and white-collar, Baker & Partners is a top tier firm.
‘Very responsive and proactive in looking in after our clients’ interests. It is the pleasure working with them as despite the above, Stephen and his team are pleasant to deal with.’
Stephen Baker, William Redgrave and Simon Thomas are ranked as Leading Individuals recommended by the Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution in Jersey.
Next Generation Partners
James Sheedy and Charlie Sorensen are recognised as Rising Stars recommended by the Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution in Jersey.
Within Offshore: Dispute Resolution – Jersey, Baker & Partners is a Second Tier firm.
What the team is known for
Highly regarded boutique practice fielding a team of experienced courtroom advocates. Considered a go-to firm for criminal and fraud cases. Offers additional proficiency in contentious trust work, acting for both trust management companies and beneficiaries.
“An excellent service from a very professional firm.”
“The billing was clear and concise and I feel we got value for money.”
Represented CMC Holdings in a £30 million dispute with a former company director alleging breach of fiduciary duty in connection with a scheme to divert money into offshore accounts.
Stephen Baker “gives advice we trust without hesitation“, according to clients, who go on to describe him as “an excellent communicator and a first-class legal mind.” He acts on behalf of a range of corporate clients on matters including fraudulent payments, liquidation of assets and criminal investigations.
William Redgrave is held in high regard by market commentators, who note that “He is a superb advocate who is responsive, creative and up for a fight as needed. He is very measured and respected.” He has recently been engaged on a number of significant disputes stemming from real estate related transactions.
Simon Thomas sustains a noteworthy disputes practice where he primarily advises companies on corporate disputes. He offers additional capability with regard to fraud and trust matters. Clients state that ‘Simon is a great trial lawyer who prepares thoroughly and is highly persuasive in court. He has a great eye for detail and cuts to the core of the issue.’
James Sheedy focuses his practice on handling trust disputes, and has been particularly active recently on behalf of trustees. His clients emphasise his “great technical knowledge and commercial awareness” and state that ‘he is very thorough and responds promptly to queries’.
We are very pleased to have been ranked as one of eprivateclient’s Top Offshore Law Firms for our trusts and private client disputes and litigation expertise.
eprivateclient survey over 100 offshore law firms and the rankings are based on data received on areas such as number of partners, number of fee earners, total number of staff, total fee income and fee income as a percentage of firm total income.