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Clare has a thriving commercial law practice with a particular focus on banking and financial services law. She also practises in pensions and trusts law.
Clare has considerable financial services law expertise having worked as an in-house lawyer at UBS Investment Bank specialising in hedge funds, prime brokerage, and structured products, and, as a secondee, to the FSA and the FCA. She advises regularly on all areas of financial services regulatory work.
Clare’s on-going banking work includes advising a senior independent reviewer in relation to their review of a large UK bank’s remediation programme with a particular focus on property finance.
Clare also advises on mis-selling claims, in relation to payment protection insurance (PPI), swaps and, more recently, unregulated collective investment schemes (UCIS) and film industry investment schemes.
Clare has appeared, both as an advocate and junior, in interlocutory matters and final hearings in the Privy Council, the High Court, county courts, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and employment tribunals.
Prior to transferring to the Bar in 2007, Clare was a solicitor in Simmons & Simmons’ Finance Litigation department. During this time, she acted for a number of high-profile institutions, including banks, insurance companies and other corporates.
Clare was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge University (2:1 Law) and the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Distinction).
Commercial & Chancery
Clare regularly advises on general commercial issues, including confidentiality and data protection, public procurement (including the operation of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015), compliance with various regulatory frameworks, and jurisdictional/cross-border issues.
Examples of Clare’s commercial work include:
- advising on an insurance claim regarding denial of critical illness cover and personal injury benefit
- acting with Richard Lissack QC in a claim before the Privy Council regarding jurisdiction (Texan Management Limited & Others v Pacific Electric Wire & Cable Company Limited  UKPC 46)
- assisting Richard Lissack QC and Nicholas Hill with a commercial arbitration claim for breach of contract and specific performance.
Clare has experience of drafting commercial pleadings, opinions and skeleton arguments and has appeared as an advocate in commercial hearings at county court and High Court level. She is a member of the Commercial Law Bar Association and the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.
Appointments & Memberships
- Chancery Bar Association
- Commercial Law Bar Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
Clare Baker is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.