Philip Baker Partner


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1999 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary phone: +44 (0)20 7759 6863

Fax: +44 (0)20 7379 6854

Email: philip.baker@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  London




Philip Baker

Philip Baker is a partner in our engineering and construction team. A 'no nonsense' commercial construction lawyer, he provides practical advice on procurement strategy and project delivery for a wide range of real estate, construction and engineering clients, including institutions, funders and end users (especially hotels, retailers and healthcare providers).

He specialises in negotiating and advising on both standard and bespoke construction and engineering documents, such as building contracts, consultant appointments, bonds, guarantees and associated agreements. He also advises clients on avoiding and resolving disputes throughout the life of a project, as well as on the effects of insolvency.

Philip has particular expertise in advising on risk allocation and the impact of construction documentation on real estate and finance-driven transactions.

Clients

AXA, Canada Life, The Crown Estate, Debenhams, HSBC, NFU Mutual, Sainsbury's, Salmon Developments, TIAA Henderson Real Estate, Threadneedle Investments UK, USS and Whitbread PLC.

Experience

Advising J Sainsbury plc on the construction aspects of numerous projects, including the £70 million mixed use development of Bicester town centre.

Drafting and negotiating the documents for various schemes of a British multinational financial services company, including the construction of a mixed use scheme on Oxford Street, London.

Advising Prime Development Limited on procurement issues and drafting the construction documents for the prestigious Bulgari Knightsbridge hotel.

Acting on specialist in construction procurement matters in the healthcare sector and in relation to adjudications and court proceedings for resolving disputes.

I also have extensive experience in the construction aspects of developing, extending buying, selling and funding, hotel and leisure related buildings, and acting for high net worth individuals on significant residential projects.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2006

    • Career
      2006
      Lawrence Graham LLP, solicitor/partner
  • 2005

    • Career
      2005
      Forsters LLP
  • 1999

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1999
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1997

    • Career
      1997
      Berwin Leighton Paisner (Paisner & Co pre-merger)
  • 1994

    • Education
      1994
      Brasenose College, Oxford, BA, Jurisprudence
  • 1991

    • Education
      1991
      University of Birmingham, BA, History