"A great sense of commercial awareness and the ability to keep sight of the bigger picture in order to get the best outcome for the client."
Chambers and Partners 2020
"James Baker is a fantastic legal partner to have in your corner when faced with any employment related issues. His knowledge for the area and strategic advice has helped us deal with some very sensitive situations."
Legal 500 2020
"Pragmatic, realistic and to the point in his advice."
"Calm and studied approach to complex employment law matters."
James is a Partner specialising in Employment law, and with a wider experience in commercial, partnership and corporate law.
James deals with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, with particular experience in the Health, Education, Retail and Manufacturing sectors. James has a particular flair for dealing with complex investigations and dealing with highly contentious and high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing Tribunal litigation. James is sought out by clients for his skills in achieving desired outcomes in relation to partnership/director/board level disputes.
Outside of work, James loves nothing better than to be ½ mile off-shore, 15 metres under the surface of the sea, and with a spear-gun in hand. James is also a nationally recognised Water Polo Coach.
- Successfully defending an NHS organisation in relation to high profile multiple whistle-blowing complaints brought by ex-employees against a number of NHS respondents.
- Representing the Secretary of State for Health in relation to a long-standing employment dispute brought before the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeals Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
- Acting for a director in the construction sector faced with threats of dismissal/blackmail from the CEO of his employer. James managed to successfully ensure that the director retained his post within the business, and the removal of the CEO.