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Baker, Paul
Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2290
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Paul specialises in complex financial disputes and regulatory investigations, with a particular focus on the asset management sector. Paul also provides specialist reputation management advice and counsels global organisations on online and print media strategies, particularly in crisis situations. This includes advice relating to harmful online publications (including on social media) and potential claims, including in defamation and harassment.

  • Tchenguiz: Paul co-led the team acting for Grant Thornton UK LLP, and two of its former partners, in their successful defence of the high-profile £multibillion claims brought by Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz (and companies associated with them), arising from the collapse of Kaupthing Bank Hf and a well-publicised investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. The case featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2018.
  • Gemfields: Paul led the mining company’s defence of a mass tort claim brought in the English High Court by a group of residents of Mozambique.
  • Led investigations on behalf of two global asset managers in relation to allegations regarding investment processes, including alleged conflicts of interest.
  • Acted for numerous global financial institutions (including a multitude of institutional managers, hedge funds and banks) in relation to media publications, social media takedowns and reputation management strategies arising from current news events, regulatory matters (including investigations) and ongoing or potential litigation.
  • The College of Law, York
    (LPC, 2002)
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    (LL.M., International Trade Law, 2001)
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    (LL.B., Law, 2000)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Barrister and Solicitor, New Zealand
  • Simmons & Simmons:
    • Partner, 2015-2021(Head of UK Dispute Resolution 2019-2021)
    • Managing Associate, 2012-2015
    • Supervising Associate, 2011-2012
  • Russell McVeagh:
    • Senior Solicitor, 2008-2011
    • Solicitor, 2006-2008
  • Ward Hadaway:
    • Solicitor, 2005-2006
  • “Litigation Team of the Year” - Lawyer Awards 2019
  • “Commercial Litigation Team of the Year” - Legal Business Awards, 2019
  • “Banking Litigation Team of the Year” - Legal Week Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Awards, 2019.