"James is a very astute and energetic lawyer."

Chambers UK 2024

"James Baker is simply exceptional. His knowledge is unrivalled. He is available whenever you need him to be and can always be relied upon for support and expertise. His advice is always tailored not only to the individual case at hand but also the wider strategic needs and vision of the organisation."

Legal 500 2024

"James Baker makes you feel like you are his only client. He is attentive and ensures you are able to achieve your goals whilst providing clarity surrounding any risks that may be associated with a course of action."

Legal 500 2024

"James fully understands our business needs and offers great insight and advice."

Chambers UK 2023

"James Baker has the ability to make you feel like you are his only client, despite what must be a busy schedule"

Legal 500 2023

"James Baker is proactive in making contact with you to ensure things are going smoothly. Always responds irrespective of how busy or the time. Looks to find a solution that meets your needs."

Legal 500 2022

"James Baker has a strong track record acting for clients in high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing cases."

Chambers UK 2021

"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

My practice as an Employment law specialist leads me to deal with highly complex, often very sensitive litigation and/or investigations concerning allegations of discrimination, protected disclosures (whistle-blowing), harassment and victimisation. I advise a varied client base including private and public sector organisations and am most commonly instructed by Boards/NEDs or Trustees and high net worth individuals.

The vast majority of my work requires complete discretion and utmost dedication, and I am known for providing a client service that is second to none, across the United Kingdom.

I have worked for Michelmores for over 20 years, including a brief spell in Virginia (USA).

Outside of work, I love nothing more than to be ½ mile off-shore, 15 meters under the surface of the sea, and with a spear-gun in hand.

I am ranked in Band 3 for Employment in Chambers UK, and I am a recommended lawyer for Employment by the Legal 500.

Recent experience

Successfully defending an NHS organisation in relation to high profile multiple whistle-blowing complaints brought by ex-employees against a number of NHS respondents

Advising a client on a complex series of protected disclosures and grievances brought by multiple employees against the employer client and numerous other employees, and involving external referrals to a regulatory bodies. The matter was concluded without recourse of litigation or non-contractual payments being made to any concerned individual

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. I managed to successfully ensure that the director retained his post within the business, and the removal of the CEO

Successfully representing an employer client faced with a significant multi-million pound TUPE liability, in having the claims brought by employee representatives withdrawn at a preliminary hearing

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