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Gus Baker

Gus Baker

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Gus was called to the Bar in 2015 and joined Chambers as a tenant after the successful completion of his pupillage. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Commercial & Chancery

Gus is now building a broad commercial practice and is able to advise and provide representation in pensions, financial services, and general commercial matters. Gus recently advised and drafted legislation for a public authority in the Middle East in preparation for planned reform of jurisdiction’s statute on company law.

He was instructed as part of team led by Andrew Spink QC and David E. Grant.

Other examples of work undertaken include:

  • Being instructed, unled, in a matter relating to the insolvency of one of the last remaining deep coal mines in the UK, Hatfield Colliery
  • Being instructed to attend court on behalf of a major bank in a complex case relating to manipulation of the dollar Libor rate, assisting Michael Bowes QC
  • Advising on Part 36 offers in cases concerning breaches of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the enforceability of agreements, assisting David E Grant
  • Assisting Benjimin Burgher in a case concerning expulsion from an LLP agreement and the express duty of good faith

Employment & Discrimination

Gus has a busy employment law practice and regularly undertakes multi day hearings against more senior counsel.

He is experienced at advising clients on whistleblowing, discrimination, breach of contract and procedural issues. He has been instructed in cases involving allegations of serious sexual assaults, jurisdictional questions, and complex issues of loss and damage. He has recently been instructed in two cases involving appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

The following are recent examples of the work Gus undertakes:

  • Being instructed by the Government Legal Department in a High Court employment action involving over 70 claimants (through the junior junior scheme)
  • Acting for an employed barrister in a claim for disability discrimination
  • Being instructed to represent Claimants in various cases against estate agents, involving whistleblowing, victimisation and pregnancy discrimination
  • Acting in a breach of contract and unfair dismissal claim against an airline
  • Providing advice in cases concerning whistleblowing, breach of contract, victimisation
  • Representing a Middle Eastern company in a case concerning discretionary bonuses and unfair dismissal
  • Acting for a union member in a successful claim for disability discrimination brought against the Secretary of State for Justice
  • Representing a large public sector organisation in a discrimination case seeking strike out and deposit orders
  • Acting in multiple claims concerning serving police officers
  • Assisting David E. Grant in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a case about a costs award of over £100,000
  • Being led by Natasha Joffe in the Court of Appeal in Rabess v London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority [2016] EWCA Civ 1017.

Through Gus’ experience of pensions and personal injury law, he is able to advise on complex issues of remedy and is experienced at considering expert evidence.

Gus is the co-author (with Daniel Barnett and Stephen Butler) of the forthcoming edition of the Law Society’s Employment Law Handbook, and publishes regularly on employment law issues (please see this link).

Health, Safety & Environment

Gus is experienced at representing corporate Defendants in the Crown Court in relation to Health and Safety matters. He is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association (‘HSLA’) and is able to draw on his experience in employment and personal injury law to assist clients facing regulatory prosecutions for accidents in the workplace.

Gus has recently represented a family at an inquest relating to a fatality in a hospital ward and appeared in the Crown Court in relation to a fatal accident on a construction site.

Pensions & Trusts

Gus has been instructed, and assisted other members of Chambers, in numerous cases relating to pensions law. He has a particular interest in the intersection between employment and pensions law.

Examples of Gus’ work include:

  • Assisting David E. Grant in advising and drafting pleadings in a variety of High Court matters concerning rectification of pension deeds and appeals to the High Court from the Pensions Ombudsman
  • Being instructed to assist Nick Stallworthy QC and James Rickards in a case concerning the rectification of a deed
  • Assisting Andrew Short QC in a case concerning the doctrine of res judicata and the Pensions Ombudsman.

Personal Injury

Gus is an experienced advocate in personal injury matters and regularly advises on both liability and quantum in fast track and multi track cases. Recent examples of Gus’ work include:

  • Successfully representing the claimant and securing damages of over £67,000 in a multi-track trial in front of Master Davison, sitting as a recorder of the Plymouth County Court
  • Being led by, and assisting, Sarah Crowther in the case of Pickard v Marshall & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 17, which concerned the correct approach to the application of Article 4 of the Rome II Regulation (864/2007) in relation to a fatal accident in France
  • Acting for an NHS trust in a multi-track case involving occupational injuries and applications for relief from sanctions
  • Regularly appearing in CMCs and CCMCs in both the County Court and the High Court for claimants and defendants.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Inner Temple
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Awards

  • Exhibition Scholar, Inner Temple
  • 4 Stone Buildings Prize for Civil Litigation
  • 4 King’s Bench Walk Prize for Criminal Litigation
  • Winner of national round of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition 2014
  • Prize winner, Financial Services Lawyers Association essay competition 2015
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