Our employment lawyers are highly experienced at helping corporate and individual clients navigate their way through the employment law minefield.

We have been recognised by the Legal 500 as leading London employment lawyers.

As long-standing advisers to employers and employees, we are adept at seeing both sides of the issues involved in any employment law dispute.  We believe this is essential to helping mediate a mutually agreeable solution or fighting to gain the best possible result for our client.

You are entitled to expect your lawyers to be well versed in the law applicable to your individual situation.  We also pride ourselves on taking a commercial, pragmatic and cost-effective approach to legal problems which require fast and effective solutions.  We take the time to understand your specific needs and deal with matters in a down-to-earth and user-friendly manner.

Our employment lawyers cover the whole range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. We advise major companies through to smaller private and owner-managed businesses as well as individuals in a wide variety of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, retail, professional services, healthcare, recruitment, publishing, media, IT, restaurants, hotels and leisure.

What We Do

The areas covered by our Employment practice include:

Representative Employment Work

Examples of our employment team’s work include:

  • Advised on the employment aspects of a multi-billion dollar merger resulting in substantial redundancies and collective consultation obligations.
  • Advised a leading global financial services business in relation to allegations of impropriety by employees in relation to serious regulatory misconduct.
  • Advised a former employee of a global financial services company in relation to unfair dismissal and discrimination claims resulting in an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and a substantial compensation award in our client’s favour.
  • Advised an employer in relation to an investigation into allegations of serious misconduct by a senior director including allegations of a culture of institutionalised discrimination and unlawful behaviour resulting in a gross misconduct dismissal.
  • Advised an employee of a public authority (who suffered discrimination, harassment and victimisation arising from disabilities) on a protracted grievance process and in relation to Employment Tribunal proceedings taken on behalf of our client.
  • Regularly advise employees in relation to their rights as Employee Shareholders under the new employee shareholder legislation. We are one of the leading advisors in the UK in relation to such schemes.

Contact our team:

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James Baker

Partner Employment
Home 37 – 41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2349


James qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and is Head of Teacher Stern’s Employment practice. He regularly advises a wide variety of clients ranging from large multi-national companies to senior executives. James has, along with Teacher Stern’s employment practice, been listed in the Legal 500 Directory where he has been described as a “real star”.

Along with the other members of the employment team, James has spent many years developing close relationships with clients and regularly advises on all aspects of employment law. These range from “day-to-day” employment issues to more stand-alone matters such as collective consultation on redundancies and high value employment tribunal and high court cases.

James has expertise and experience in dealing with restrictive covenants, employee competition and the protection of confidential information, as well as the employment aspects of business sales and staff transfers (including the regulations governing transfers of undertakings in the UK). He has particular sector experience in the financial services arena, and regularly advises regulated businesses and senior individuals on employment law issues.

The firm’s employment team is well-known and respected for its work for senior individuals in relation to the negotiation and termination of employment contracts and restrictive covenant/”team move” issues. James has successfully negotiated for his clients with employers in many different business sectors including with some of the largest financial services institutions.

Representative Experience

James has:

  • Advised a global bank in relation to lengthy disciplinary issues and regulatory investigatory proceedings involving the alleged manipulation of the financial markets.
  • Advised a listed IT services company in relation to the acquisition of its business by a rival company and a subsequent business reorganisation involving collective consultation with trades unions and elected employee representatives.
  • Advised a logistics business in relation to matters including the negotiation of services contracts with customers involving the transfer under TUPE of employees, settlement agreements with senior individuals, disciplinary and grievance matters and data protection issues.
  • Advised a private wealth management business and family office in relation to an Employment Tribunal claim from a former employee including allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal.
  • Advised a senior board member of an international bank in relation to a bonus claim and disciplinary investigation into alleged regulatory breaches.
  • Advised an investment management firm in relation to the recruitment of a team of senior employees from a rival business who were subject to restrictive covenants.
  • Advised a recruitment business in relation to the departure of a team senior employees and the removal by them of confidential information and the establishment of a competing business.

Career History

Partner, Teacher Stern

Solicitor, Macfarlanes

Solicitor, Stringer Saul

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