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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).
Under Claire van Overdijk’s tutelage, Alexandra has experienced a broad range of public law practice. This has included producing written advice, pleadings and position statements, as well as attending hearings in the Court of Protection, Administrative Court and Court of Appeal.
Some of the work Alexandra has seen includes Court of Protection proceedings (health and welfare, property and affairs and anonymity in both domestic and cross-border settings), judicial review permission and substantive hearings concerning the jurisdiction of the Legal Ombudsman and immigration detention.
Alexandra has also assisted with drafting particulars in an unlawful detention/false imprisonment/HRA claim (immigration and mental capacity contexts), and advising the Secretary of State for the Home Department on appeals to the Court of Appeal (deportation context).
In her own right, as part of the GLD’s Junior Junior Scheme, Alexandra has provided advice and drafted statements for the Court of Appeal in relation to the English language fraud investigation whereby applicants’ visas had been invalidated. She has also been instructed by the Home Office to provide advice in assessing appeal risk in family life/private life/human rights, asylum, protection decision, and EEA residence immigration applications.
Alexandra has also represented a local authority in Court of Protection proceedings dealing with capacity and best interests issues in relation to residence, property and affairs.
- 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)