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Alexandra Baumgart joined Chambers in September 2018 after successfully completing pupillage. During pupillage she gained experience across the spectrum of Chambers’ core practice areas.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Alexandra studied English Law with German Law at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford (2009-2013). Building on her Erasmus year at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, parallel Masters studies in German Law, and European and International Commercial Law, Alexandra developed her expertise in European Union, Commercial and Public Law (2013-2014). She was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2015 (Hardwicke Entrance Scholar).
Prior to commencing pupillage, Alexandra worked as an ICC tribunal assistant on a long-standing construction and energy dispute, a trainee to Judge Vajda of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, and as an intern in the World Trade Organisation’s Appellate Body.
She is also finishing a Public International Law PhD at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, examining judicial reasoning across international courts and tribunals including the ICJ, the World Trade Organisation’s Appellate Body, ICSID investment arbitration tribunals and the European Court of Human Rights. She maintains an active academic role and has presented at conferences on trade, investment and human rights topics (ESIL 2017, King’s College London 2017).
Commercial & Chancery
Alexandra has a growing practice in commercial and chancery work. This includes regular court appearances (breach of contract, misrepresentation, debt claims) and advising on contractual matters. Since starting tenancy, she has assisted Saaman Pourghadiri with a cross-border contractual matter with jurisdictional and regulatory elements.
Alexandra has also acted in and assisted with EU law matters, spanning the Rome I and Brussels I regulations, flight compensation regulation and package travel regulations.
During pupillage, Alexandra assisted her supervisor Claire van Overdijk with a number of chancery matters engaging both the domestic and international jurisdiction of the courts. These included urgent contested probate hearings seeking grant of representation and challenging the validity of a will. Alexandra also provided assistance to a deputy on domicile and cross-border succession (English, Ghanaian, Kenyan and Polish law), the High Court’s powers under its inherent jurisdiction and anonymity and privacy in High Court proceedings. She also assisted Michael Uberoi with a charities matter concerning the removal of a charity board member.
Alexandra has also spoken at Chambers private client events on proprietary estoppel and assisted David E. Grant with chancery matters under CLIPS scheme. In pupillage, she gained some company law experience and assists with City Law School’s Company and Insolvency Law Pro Bono Scheme.
- Lincoln’s Inn Scholarship, Traineeship at the CJEU (2016)
- Semi-Finalist, Inter-Inn Moot, Lincoln’s Inn (2015)
- Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2014)
- Beck Publishers’ Award, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (2014)
- Semi-Finalist, International Roman Law Moot (2012)
Other achievements include:
- Top 25 Winner, startsocial competition, representing NGO “Digital Helpers”, with personal congratulations from German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2017)
- Winner, Google Impact Challenge Germany (10,000EUR), representing Digital Helpers (2016)
- Full Blues and Half Blues, Oxford University Women’s Basketball (2009-2013)
- AMusA Diploma for Cello Performance (2007)
- German (fluent)
- French (intermediate)
- Mandarin (basic)