Rachel Baker

I joined Chambers in 2016, and work with clients under the Direct Access scheme in civil, employment and criminal matters. I have a wealth of experience in court and a reputation for sound advice, diligence and skilled advocacy gained through my time at a leading barristers’ set in London, nine years at the independent Bar, and a period as in-house counsel. During a career break to spend time with my young family, I became an Associate Law Lecturer at the Open University as well as setting up and running my own business.

My clients value the ability to ‘think outside the box’ which my broad experience has given me. I have a reputation for being friendly and easy to work with. This reputation has been built not only on my professional and thorough approach but also on my ability to reassure even the most nervous or vulnerable clients. My experience of life away from the law helps me to understand my clients’ situations and to relate to people of all backgrounds, and I believe that it is this, as well as my legal knowledge and skills, that my clients particularly appreciate.

However I’m also known as a tenacious advocate in court, and have appeared in a wide range of hearings from applications at first instance to arguing points on appeal. I have a keen eye for detail and a strong determination to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients.

In addition to providing advice, I am experienced in preparing pleadings, draft Orders and applications. I believe that clear and accessible guidance is essential to the success of a case and that my clients appreciate the way that I am able to distil complex information into practical written advice. Just as important to my clients is the emphasis I place on providing excellent client care, and diligence in ensuring that paperwork is both accurately and efficiently dealt with.

As well as having a busy practice I remain an Associate Lecturer in law and am also a School Governor.

 

Commercial

I offer pragmatic and sensible advice which aims to help avoid the unnecessary cost and stress that long-running litigation can cause.

I will accept instructions at all stages of proceedings, and have substantial experience of providing written advice as well as representing either claimants or defendants in court. I act for companies, sole traders and private individuals in commercial matters spanning breach of contract and non-performance claims and counterclaims, debt recovery, employment contract disputes and property-related issues.

 

Rachel Baker's Commercial Cases

Representing a client in a Personal Injury claim

Rachel’s client was being sued by an ex-client who alleged that he had performed a beauty treatment negligently, leaving her with scarring. The court had arranged a ‘costs and case management’ hearing to decide how the case should proceed to get it to an effective trial hearing, and also to look at the costs that Continue reading

Personal Injury

In representing clients in personal injury claims, I am particularly known for my sensitive handling of vulnerable and sometimes traumatised clients, but equally my clients value my pragmatic approach and thorough attention to detail.

My experience also includes fatal accident claims, and representing clients at inquest hearings.

I have also been instructed to act for applicants to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme for compensation for injuries suffered as a result of violence.

 

Crime

My extensive experience in the criminal courts includes acting for both the Prosecution and Defence so I will always look at both sides of a case in order to anticipate what angle the opposing side will take.

I have a reputation for skilled advocacy and thorough case preparation, and my thoroughness frequently enables me to pick out crucial details that may otherwise have been missed, and which may have implications for the outcome.

My clients tell me that my warm personality helps to put both them, and any witnesses, at ease, leaving them able to give their evidence knowing that they are in good hands. I am particularly valued for my sensitive handling of vulnerable and distressed clients and witnesses.

I have appeared in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts and can advise on prospects of appeal against conviction and/or sentence.

Rachel Baker's Crime Cases

Varying a Sexual Offences Prevention Order

Rachel’s client had been convicted of an offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and wanted to obtain advice about varying the Sexual Offences Prevention Order he had received upon his conviction in 2010. He had felt let down by the lawyer who had acted for him previously and was unsure of how to go Continue reading

Employment

I appear in the Employment Tribunal for both employees and employers, including in claims for discrimination (on grounds of sex, race, disability etc.) and unfair dismissal.

I am able to provide advice and guidance from an early stage and work with clients to avoid, if possible, matters proceeding any further than they need to.

My eye for the detail in a case means that I can very often assist clients to obtain evidence and supporting information which may otherwise have been overlooked.

Articles by Rachel Baker

An increase for injury to feelings: the Vento Bands and compensation in discrimination claims

When an employee accuses their employer of discrimination (for example on grounds of disability, sex or race) they can ask the Employment Tribunal to make the employer compensate them for “injury to feelings”. This award isn’t aimed at punishing the employer but at compensating the employee for the hurt, humiliation and upset suffered. It is Continue reading

Property and Land Law

Cases involving property disputes can be highly stressful and emotional and many clients feel particularly vulnerable and unsure of what will happen.

I am able to provide guidance and support to clients, and my down-to-earth manner helps greatly in putting them at ease.

I act for both landlords and tenants in possession claims and my pragmatic approach to litigation means that I will always try to help you resolve disputes as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.