Stephen Baker is widely recognised as a leading litigator, with sources deeming him "an expert in cross-border fraud and asset recovery in particular".
Senior partner of Baker & Partners. Called to the bar of England and Wales, Jersey and BVI. He is an extremely experienced court room lawyer focussing on offshore multi-jurisdictional litigation including trusts and commercial litigation. He regularly acts for sovereigns as well as corporate clients and natural persons. He has a particular specialty in political corruption and the interaction between criminal and civil process.
What inspired you to pursue a legal career?
I quickly came to appreciate that I could make a significant difference to people’s lives by applying myself diligently to their problems and finding a way through for them in times of great stress. Finding the best solution for clients is what drives me.
What do clients look for in an effective litigator?
Someone who expresses themselves in as simple and straightforward terms as possible and who aims to find practical solutions. But who is not afraid of court and will fight their corner fiercely.
How has the market changed since you first started practising?
The full-service law firms have grown large multi-jurisdictional presences leaving a very clear space for specialist conflict-free litigators.
What skills are needed to successfully collaborate with lawyers, experts and authorities in different jurisdictions?
An appreciation of the differences between jurisdictions, respect for those differences and an open mind as to how to solve international problems.
Why did you decide to set up your own firm?
To provide independent conflict-free court room expertise offshore.
How does Baker & Partners distinguish itself from the competition?
It specialises in litigation and has no interest in any financial services business.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in litigation?
It is a great career with major opportunities. The early bird catches the worm. Work harder than the opposition.