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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).
Pensions & Trusts
Clare advises individuals, trade unions, corporates and governmental bodies on a variety of issues, including the following:
- construction and interpretation of pension scheme rules and trust deeds
- construction and interpretation of statutory instruments and legislation
- trustees’ duties
- pensions mis-selling
- making complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman
- pension overpayments and the change of position defence
- age discrimination
- the automatic enrolment pensions legislation
- transfer of pension benefits after TUPE transfers
- pensions issues on insolvency
- pensions sharing orders
- ill health retirement
- the effect of proposals to cap senior executives’ pensionable salary.
Clare has co-authored the latest edition of Atkins Pensions Vol 31(1) and is a member of the Chancery 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.