He is recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a “rising star” and “up and coming” junior barrister.
Gus regularly instructed to advise and represent clients in courts and tribunals at all levels and has appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
His employment law practice regularly undertakes multi-day hearings against more senior counsel. Gus’ clients include banks, FTSE 100 companies, public sector organisations and individuals. He is experienced at advising senior managers and employees on how to achieve exits on favourable terms.
Gus undertakes a significant amount of advisory work, including advising on TUPE transfers, pensions/employment crossover issues, holiday pay and restrictive covenants.
He often represents various senior executives dismissed for whistleblowing and misconduct in Employment Tribunal and High Court proceedings. In addition to advising on various pensions ombudsman matters and pension related claims in the Employment Tribunal, and often acts for various companies in High Court claims for breaches of restrictive covenants.
Where cases litigate, Gus provides robust advocacy. His submissions have been described as being advanced “seductively” and “with skill and detail” by Langstaff J (see Dynasystems for Trade and General Consulting Ltd and Others v Mr M Moseley UKEAT/0091/17/BA).
Gus’ experience in litigating commercial, pensions and personal injury disputes means that he brings a broad perspective to his employment work, which often assists when there are complex issues involving damages and remedies.
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Gus is the co-author of the Law Society’s “Employment Law Handbook”, 7th edition. He is the editor of the chapter in Tolley’s Employment Law Service (published by Lexis Nexis) dealing with the fairness of dismissals.
Gus Baker is an experienced pensions barrister who is frequently instructed in significant claims of high value and sensitivity.
Gus acts for trustees, employers, defendant solicitors and administrators in part 8 claims, professional negligence proceedings, and applications for rectification.
Recent cases include acting for a representative beneficiary in a large Part 8 Claim, advising (unled) employers of a scheme in relation to various mistakes in historic deeds and various work bringing and resisting claims on behalf of scheme members in connection with negligent mistakes and representations made by employers and administrators.
Gus has a broad commercial disputes practice which often have an international dimension. He is frequently instructed in high-value commercial disputes ranging from breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, business, insolvency, finance, joint venture, shareholder, and matters involving force majeure and illegality across multiple sectors.
He is also regularly instructed on multi-million-pound international arbitration matters with experience under the LCIA and UNCITRAL rules.
More widely, Gus frequently acts in cases in which urgent injunctive relief is sought against individuals and businesses in relation to confidential information, these cases often require counsel to work at speed to secure urgent injunctions.
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Gus is regularly instructed in professional negligence claims often involving those against solicitors, surveyors and pensions professionals including scheme administrators (acting both for claimant trustees and defendant solicitors)
Gus was recently instructed on behalf of the claimants (led by Patrick Lawrence QC and David E. Grant) in a five-week, high value, multi-party professional negligence claim against a pension scheme administrator, a firm of solicitors and a silk in a claim arising out of the decision of Newey J in Gleeds Retirement Benefits Scheme  EWHC 1178. The claim resolved on the first day of trial.
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Gus is regularly instructed in financial services litigation, acting both for and against banks. Gus has particular expertise in mis selling claims and is the co-author of the chapter of Butterworths Financial Regulation Service dealing with the FCA’s Conduct of Business Sourcebook.
Gus’ recent work includes:
Gus is able to combine his knowledge of pensions and employment law with his experience in financial services litigation. He is the author of a recent article in the New Law Journal concerning pensions mis selling and the COBS rules (here).
Gus is experienced at representing corporate defendants in the Crown Court and Magistrates Courts in relation to health and safety and environmental law 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 relating to accidents at work.
Recent examples of Gus’ work include:
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“His advocacy is excellent: he has the skill to craft persuasive submissions succinctly, which judges love.”
Employment, Chambers and Partners 2023
"Very knowledgeable in employment law, and able to make submissions to tribunals simply and persuasively."
Employment, Legal 500 2023
"Very personable, helpful and clearly on top of the papers. He steers the proceedings from start to finish, and his initial advice is spot on."
Employment, Legal 500 2022
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