About Us

Who We Are

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 and London and maintain straightforward, objective and independent advice. We remain conflict free by not operating an associated trust company or financial services business.

Our Core Values

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.

  • Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Commitment
  • Integrity

Our leading Partners and team of expert litigators, as well as the firm as a whole are members of important industry bodies.

Accredited Memberships

Our History

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.

 

What we do

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.


Our Social Responsibility

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.


What Industry Experts Have to Say

Legal 500

“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.”


Awards & Rankings

Baker & Partners is consistently high ranked in the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and other leading legal directories for our chosen service areas.

The Legal 500 – 2020

 Legal 500 Top Tier ranked logo 2020

Dispute Resolution

Within Dispute Resolution, Baker & Partners is a Top Tier firm.

Baker & Partners is a “powerhouse of a firm, with practitioners who are friendly and practical.'”

Senior partner Stephen Baker “is the driving force behind the firm. He is very commercial and fights his client’s corner,” and William Redgrave is ‘a superb advocate’ and he is ‘clever and tactical,’ while ‘James Corbett QC is calm, extremely knowledgeable, organised and creative.’

Regulatory and White-Collar

Within regulatory and white-collar, Baker & Partners is a top tier firm.

Baker & Partners “provides excellent and insightful knowledge of the law” and boasts expertise from its team including Simon Thomas who is a leading individual in white collar and “acts on complex and serious trial proceedings smoothly and according to plan.” 

Leading Individuals

Stephen Baker and William Redgrave are ranked as Leading Individuals recommended by the Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution in Jersey.

Rising Stars

Lynne Gregory, James Sheedy and Charlie Sorensen are recognised as Rising Stars recommended by the Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution in Jersey.


 Chambers & Partners – 2020

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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.

Strengths 

“An excellent service from a very professional firm.”

“The billing was clear and concise and I feel we got value for money.”

Work highlights

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.

Notable practitioners

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 measured, even-handed and brilliant.”  He has recently been engaged on a number of significant disputes stemming from real estate related transactions.

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“.

 

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