• An accomplished junior with a focus on serious, organised and corporate crime.  His careful and intelligent approach make him a popular choice for those seeking knowledge, commitment and ability.

    Corporate and Financial Crime

    Tom Baker’s practice is centred on corporate and financial crime.  He has enjoyed a wealth of experience from all angles of the practice area.  He has prosecuted and defended serious financial crime charges and advised and assisted on niche areas within the field. He has experience of dealing with individuals as well as corporates.  He is exceptionally bright, meticulously thorough and a reassuring presence in any role at any stage of any proceedings.

    Crime

    Tom Baker is a serious junior in the field of general and serious crime.  He has built a reputation as the junior of choice whilst also leading and acting as sole counsel.  He is thorough and astute and can steer a team through the most serious and complex of cases.  He has experience of the full spectrum of cases, both prosecuting and defending, often in cases involving Treasury Counsel.

    Regulatory 

    Tom Baker has experience of various tribunals regulating professionals and industry.  His reputation in the field has led to his instruction in large connected public law proceedings.  He has a particular experience of medical regulation and was junior counsel to the public inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

    Appointments

    • Level 4 CPS Advocate Panel
    • Level 3 CPS Proceeds of Crime Specialist Panel
    • Level 3 CPS Serious Crime Group Specialist Panel

    Education

    • Dip Law (City University)
    • Astbury Scholar (Middle Temple) 2002 and 2003
    • BA (Hons) (Cantab)

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    Recent Cases

    • Tom Baker was led by Annabel Darlow QC for the prosecution in this four-handed murder case.

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    • Roger Smart is leading Tom Baker in the prosecution of many involved in a kidnapping and abuse case.

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    • Tom Baker led Polly Dyer in a £30m money-laundering prosecution at the Central Criminal Court. Three defendants were convicted. Sentences imposed ranged from 11 years' imprisonment to 4 years' imprisonment. The investigation was a joint NCA and COLP opera...

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    News

    • Tom Baker acts as junior for the FCA in the prosecution of Alex Hope, convicted of £5m investment fraud and FSMA 2000 offences and sentenced to 7 years' imprisonment

      Tom Baker, led by Sarah Clarke of Serjeants Inn Chambers, was instructed by the FCA to prosecute Alex Hope for fraud by false representation and for offences contrary to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.  Hope operated a forex trading ponzi sch...

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    • Mid Staffordshire report

      The Francis report into the failure of NHS managers and regulators at Mid Staffordshire hospital trust was published on the 6th February 2013.

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    • Mid-Staffs NHS Public Inquiry

      Tom Kark QC has been questioning ex-Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham and ex-Health Minister Ben Bradshaw at the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A junior with a practice focused on corporate and financial crime, Tom Baker has wide-ranging experience in the field.  He is intelligent, astute, meticulous in his preparation and has the absolute confidence of those who instruct him.

    Overview

    Tom Baker’s practice is centred on corporate and financial crime.  He has enjoyed a wealth of experience from all angles of the practice area.  He has prosecuted and defended serious financial crime charges and advised and assisted on niche areas within the field. He has experience of dealing with individuals as well as corporates.  He is exceptionally bright, meticulously thorough and a reassuring presence in any role at any stage of any proceedings.

    Experience 

    Tom has developed a practice that is focused on corporate and financial crime; he has a wealth of experience across the field.  In 2012 Tom was engaged as counsel assisting on the Criminal Prosecutions Team of the FCA.  His role involved advising the authority on criminal law in general and in particular on prosecutions under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (sections 23 and 397) and in relation to offences of insider dealing. As a result, he has unique and extensive experience of the issues arising in such prosecutions.  He has continued to work for the FCA and has been instructed as junior counsel on large operational cases.

    Tom has considerable experience of advising corporate clients on legal professional privilege, with a particular focus on common interest privilege arising in commercial transactions.  He has been a member of a number of teams, progressed to head others and been promoted to the role of QC (Quality Control).  His work has been with leading international law firms as well as with prosecution entities and has been in connection with the activities of financial institutions and various global corporates.

    Tom prosecutes on behalf of and advises trading standards services in relation to trademark and unfair trading offences, and has prosecuted corporate defendants.  He has been a speaker at the Trading Standards Institute's Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Annual Conference and Exhibition.  Tom advises on all aspects of criminal law but he has a particular interest in advising public bodies and corporate clients. Clients have included a community centre and a television production company.

    Tom has experience of extradition on a large scale.  He was previously instructed to assist a leading law firm for a period of three months in preparation for a significant extradition hearing and in the giving of advice in criminal cartel, fraud and cash forfeiture matters.

    Tom has also advised on the execution of letters of request in foreign jurisdictions and on the sifting of privileged material prior to seizure of documents by the police. He has extensive experience of issues arising in confiscation proceedings, including at appellate level.

    Notable Cases

    R v Hope & Von Badlo (2015)
    Acted as junior for the FCA in the prosecution of Alex Hope, convicted of £5m investment fraud and FSMA 2000 offences.

    R v Hexley and Cooper (2014)
    Acted for the FCA as junior counsel, led by Nick Dean QC, in this successful prosecution of independent financial advisers for unauthorised business offences and dishonest concealment of material facts contrary to section 397 FSMA 2000.

    Recent Cases

    • Tom Baker led Polly Dyer in a £30m money-laundering prosecution at the Central Criminal Court. Three defendants were convicted. Sentences imposed ranged from 11 years' imprisonment to 4 years' imprisonment. The investigation was a joint NCA and COLP opera...

  • A leading choice for those working in the field of serious crime, Tom Baker is clever, conscientious and his presence brings confidence to a case.

    Overview

    Tom Baker is a serious junior in the field of general and serious crime.  He has built a reputation as the junior of choice whilst also leading and acting as sole counsel.  He is thorough and astute and can steer a team through the most serious and complex of cases.  He has experience of the full spectrum of cases, both prosecuting and defending, often in cases involving Treasury Counsel.

    Experience

    Tom prosecutes and defends serious crime of all kinds. He has been instructed in the prosecution and defence of murders, kidnap, false imprisonment, blackmail, sexual offences, dangerous driving, various types of fraud and money laundering, firearms offences, and serious drug offences.  Many of his cases have been operational, involving multiple defendants, and where he is instructed by the prosecution, he is often instructed by specialised headquarter units of the Crown Prosecution Service.  Tom is a Grade 4 prosecutor.  He has been sole counsel, led junior and leading junior.  He is often the junior of choice for highly regarded senior juniors and silks.

    Tom is experienced in dealing with probe evidence, cell site evidence, and issues of sensitivity in the context of disclosure. He has advised on the execution of letters of request in foreign jurisdictions and on the sifting of privileged material prior to seizure of documents by the police. He has extensive experience of issues arising in confiscation proceedings, including at appellate level.  He has experience of extradition, having been instructed to assist a leading law firm in their preparation for a significant extradition hearing and in the giving of advice in criminal cartel, fraud and cash forfeiture matters.

    Tom is able to deal with complex matters of law, vast amounts of material and does so with diligence and commitment.  He is a self-assured advocate with an approachable manner and wins the confidence of his professional and lay clients with ease.

    Notable Cases

    R v Williamson (Trai) (2014)
    Junior counsel to Sean Larkin QC for Trai Williamson, who was accused of the murder of Khadar Hussein. After a 3 week trial, their client was acquitted.

    R v Agbaje and Others (2010)
    Junior counsel for the Crown in the prosecution of this three-handed conspiracy to kidnap, falsely imprison and blackmail.

    R v Edwards (2010)
    Led by Benn Maguire in defending an allegation of causing death by dangerous driving.

    R v Al-Shiekhly (2009)
    Prosecution of a defendant whose associate faked his own death using forged documents procured in the Yemen, and who set about claiming more than £900,000 in life insurance on his behalf.

    R v Carter & others (2009)
    Prosecution counsel in a four-handed conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited weapons, relying on instrusive surveillance of the first defendant's London flat.

    R v Pommell (2009)
    Led by Philip Bennetts, prosecuting a defendant for his role in a controlled drug supply network. Evidence based almost entirely upon mobile phone evidence.

    Recent Cases

    • Tom Baker was led by Annabel Darlow QC for the prosecution in this four-handed murder case.

    • Roger Smart is leading Tom Baker in the prosecution of many involved in a kidnapping and abuse case.

    • Tom Baker led Polly Dyer in a £30m money-laundering prosecution at the Central Criminal Court. Three defendants were convicted. Sentences imposed ranged from 11 years' imprisonment to 4 years' imprisonment. The investigation was a joint NCA and COLP opera...

  • An impressive junior with experience across various tribunals and category of hearing; Tom Baker is well placed in the regulatory field and practice areas connected with it.

    Overview

    Tom Baker has experience of various tribunals regulating professionals and industry.  His reputation in the field has led to his instruction in large connected public law proceedings.  He has a particular experience of medical regulation and was junior counsel to the public inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

    Experience

    Tom Baker has experience of numerous regulatory tribunals.  His thorough approach and impressive advocacy skills honed in complex cases within the criminal courts have lent themselves well to his work in this field. He has been in cases before the NMC, GDC and in prosecutions brought by the Security Industry Authority.  He has presented and defended and been instructed in relation to fitness to practise and in criminal and civil jurisdictions.

    Tom’s meticulous approach to his work, perspicacious nature and experience of large, complex and medical regulatory cases made him the favoured candidate for the role of junior to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, in which he called a significant number of witnesses.  As a result, he has considerable insight into the opportunities and risks that public inquiries present to core participants and witnesses.

    Notable Cases

    Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010 - 2013)
    An June 2010, the Health Secretary launched a public inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.  Tom Baker was instructed as junior counsel to the Inquiry. The inquiry was chaired by Robert Francis QC of Serjeants Inn Chambers, with Tom Kark QC, Ben Fitzgerald and Tom Baker, all of QEB Hollis Whiteman, appointed as counsel to the inquiry.  It began in November 2010; evidence and closing submissions continued until 1 December 2011.  The final report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry was published on Wednesday 6 February 2013. Please click here to access a copy of the report, as well as details of the Chairman's public statement on the day