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Clare Baker practises in the areas of banking, commercial, financial services and pensions and trusts law.
Clare was a solicitor in Simmons & Simmons’ Finance Litigation department prior to transferring to the Bar in 2007.
Clare was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge University (2:1 Law) and the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Distinction).
Clare has particular experience of advising on professional negligence and mis-selling claims, in relation to payment protection insurance (PPI), swaps and more recently, unregulated collective investment schemes (UCIS) and film industry investment schemes.
Clare regularly advises on general commercial issues, including confidentiality and data protection; public procurement; compliance with various regulatory frameworks and jurisdictional / cross-border issues.
Clare undertakes financial services regulatory work and has spent time on secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority both in the General Counsel’s Division (retail conduct) and the Enforcement Division.
A recent highlight of her time spent at the FCA has been advising on the implementation of the new consumer credit regime. As a result, Clare has particular expertise as regards the FCA’s new role as regulator of the consumer credit industry. She also regularly advises on general perimeter issues.
Clare has extensive transactional experience in the financial services field, having worked as an in-house lawyer at UBS Investment Bank, specialising in hedge funds, prime brokerage and structured products.
Clare has a developing pensions practice and has experience of advising on pension schemes; pension issues on insolvency; ill health retirement; pensions sharing orders; the automatic enrolment legislation and Pensions Ombudsman complaints.
Appointments & Memberships
- Chancery Bar Association
- Commercial Law Bar Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association