Stephen Baker is an English barrister and Jersey Advocate. He is Senior Partner at our affiliated firm, Baker & Partners.
He was called to the English bar in 1989 and is a highly experienced court room advocate, having conducted many contested trials. He practised at the English bar for many years before moving to Jersey in 2003 where he established Baker & Partners.
He specialises in complex international financial litigation including trust and commercial disputes as well as civil fraud.
Educated at Manchester and Cambridge Universities he has a first class Masters degree in law.
In February 2017 Stephen was recognised by the International Bar Association (IBA), and appointed Senior Vice Chair of its Asset Recovery Subcommittee.
He practiced 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 was a member of the FATF style review team, carried out by the OFGBS on Gibraltar and has advised a very substantial non-European state on its FATF requirements. He was a member of the Jersey team that responded to a FATF review.
He is frequently instructed as a reporting professional by or at the insistence of the Jersey Financial Services Commission in regulatory matters focused particularly upon the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing procedures of Jersey financial institutions.
He is also regularly instructed by the Attorney General of Jersey in the most complex criminal cases.
In 2016, he was named the ACTAPS Offshore Contentious Trusts Practitioner of the Year.
Tracing Stolen Assets – A Practitioner’s Handbook (Gatekeepers, Corporate Structures and their role in Money Laundering), Basel Institute on Governance, 2009. Co-authored with Ed Shorrock.
The Fraudnet World Compendium on Asset Tracing and Recovery (Jersey Chapter) ICC, 2012. Co-authored with Ed Shorrock.
The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review, 1st Edition (Jersey Chapter), Legal Business Research, 2013
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime 4th Edition (Jersey Chapter), Global Legal Group, 2014