Stephen Baker is an English barrister and Jersey advocate. He is senior partner at Baker & Partners. He specialises in asset recovery actions, particularly those involving political corruption and the unravelling of offshore structures.
He is frequently instructed by foreign governments in asset recovery actions. In recent years he has acted for the government of Brazil, the National Accountability Bureau of Pakistan, and the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC). For the National Accountability Bureau, he acted in a series of matters including Bhutto and Zardari. For KACC, he acted in several cases, one of which has resulted in an extradition request from Jersey to Kenya.
He is an expert in the interaction between the civil and criminal law in fraud cases. He successfully acted for Brazil in its first substantial asset recovery action outside of the territory seeking the recovery of assets held through a Jersey unit trust, allegedly to the benefit of a senior Brazilian politician (Federal Republic of Brazil v Durant International Corporation & Ors  JRC211).
He is regularly instructed by the Attorney General of Jersey in the most complex criminal cases.
Educated at Manchester and Cambridge universities, he has a first class master's degree in law.
He is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the criminal law section of the IBA. He is the Jersey representative of FraudNet, the fraud prevention network of the ICC Commercial Crime Services. Stephen also sits on the board of the Jersey Institute of Law.
WWL says: Stephen Baker is “a big name on the international circuit’ who regularly acts for foreign governments in substantial asset recovery proceedings.
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