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Alexandra Baumgart

Alexandra Baumgart

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Alexandra 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).

Employment & Discrimination

Alexandra has gained broad experience in employment law matters, under the tutelage of her pupil supervisor Saul Margo, as a junior to David E. Grant, and in her own right. Her work has covered written advice and pleadings to trial and appellate advocacy. In terms of subject matter, she has covered employee status, whistleblowing, discrimination, dismissals, redundancies, equal pay, wage claims and other procedural matters such as the role of expert evidence and the impact of UNISON on limitation. She also has experience of employment matters brought in the ordinary courts. In doing so, Alexandra has acted for both claimants and respondents.

Recent cases include:

  • Muhmud v London Borough of Tower Hamlets, a four-day unfair dismissal trial
  • Lema v DHL, a successful appeal concerning the ET’s failure to consider relevant medical evidence in a wages and discrimination claim
  • Roberts v Phillips, acting as junior to David E. Grant in successfully resisting an appeal on employee status
  • Assisting David E. Grant in Calland v Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP in a Rule 3(10) hearing on the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in UNISON on limitation and the “reasonable affordability” of ET claims
  • Mathurin v London Underground Ltd, successfully defending a county court wages claim against London Underground

Alexandra has also undertaken employment law work for GLD as a Junior Junior.

Awards

  • 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)

Languages

  • German (fluent)
  • French (intermediate)
  • Mandarin (basic)

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