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Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker
Office:
Midland Chambers, 2-10 Library Place
JE1 2BP
City:
St Helier
Country:
Jersey, Channel Islands
Tel:
+44 1534 766254
Fax:
+44 1534 737355

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery: Lawyers

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 [2012] 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.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Asset Recovery which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Litigation: Lawyers

Stephen Baker is an English Barrister and Jersey Advocate. He is a senior partner at Baker & Partners.

He practised daily in the English courts until 2001 when he moved to Jersey. Since then he has been instructed repeatedly in major litigious matters including many of Jersey’s leading contentious trust matters. He is frequently instructed to advise on the strategic approach to be adopted to cross-border litigation.

He acted for the second defendant in UCC v Bender & Koonmen, a substantial constructive trust and restitutionary claim. He also regularly acts for foreign governments in asset recovery actions. In recent years he has acted for the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission. He is expert in the interaction between the civil and criminal law in fraud cases.

He acted for the Federal Republic of 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.

He is presently instructed to advise on the recovery of over $120 million of assets held mainly in Panama and Costa Rica through Bahamian, Costa Rican and other offshore and trust company structures.

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.

In 2016, he was named the ACTAPS Offshore Contentious Trusts Practitioner of the Year.

WWL says: Stephen Baker is a “standout litigator” with extensive experience as an advocate, handling trusts matters and disputes involving the financial services industry.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Litigation which can be purchased from our Shop.

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