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Gus Baker

Gus Baker

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Gus joined Chambers after the successful completion of his pupillage in 2015 and has a broad practice focusing on employment, commercial and regulatory disputes. Gus regularly represents clients in courts and tribunals at all levels and has appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal as well as in various County Courts, Employment Tribunals and Crown Courts.

Gus graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 and completed his GDL and BPTC at the University of Law (previously the College of Law), where he was awarded an LLB with First Class Honours.

In 2014 Gus won the Incorporated Council Law Reporting (ICLR) National Moot competition and was part of the team which finished first in the national rounds of the Telders Memorial Public International Law Moot competition. In 2015 he was awarded a prize by the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) for his essay on financial services regulation.

Gus regularly provides training and CPD sessions for leading firms. He is a co-author of the latest edition of the Law Society’s Employment Law Handbook. He is the editor of the chapter in Tolley’s Employment Law Service regarding the fairness of dismissals.

Other examples of Gus’ publications include:

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.  Gus is experienced at advising senior managers and employees on how to achieve exits on favourable terms. Where cases litigate, he provides robust advocacy.

He regularly advises on complex issues of remedy and is experienced at advising on expert evidence. Gus is able to use his experience of personal injury and commercial litigation in order to advance his clients’ interests in employment disputes.

Gus maintains a 50/50 balance of claimant and defendant/respondent work and acts in both the employment tribunal and civil courts. The following are recent examples of Gus’ work:

  • advising a senior manager of a firm on claims for breach of contract and non-payment of a discretionary bonus
  • representing a Middle Eastern company in a case concerning discretionary bonuses and unfair dismissal (currently on appeal to the EAT)
  • acting for an employed barrister in a claim for disability discrimination
  • being instructed by the Government Legal Department in a High Court employment action involving over 70 claimants
  • representing a large public sector organisation in a discrimination case seeking strike out and deposit orders
  • acting for a senior manager of a large retail distributor on claims for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and non payment of a contractual bonus
  • acting for an union member in a successful claim for disability discrimination brought against the Secretary of State for Justice
  • acting for an individual in a case listed for three weeks involving violence in the workplace and race discrimination
  • acting for several large facilities manage companies in final hearings concerning unfair dismissal and non-payment of wages
  • acting in multiple discrimination and whistleblowing 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.

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).

Appointments & Memberships

  • Industrial Law Society
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • COMBAR
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
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