James Baird


I thought it was about time I  communicated since leaving the college back in 1987. I went to Kingston Polytechnic as it then was. Read law. Afterwards attended the College of Law in Guildford and passed my Law Society Finals. I was a trainee solicitor in a firm in Norwich called Fosters ( one of the oldest firms in the country established in 1760)  and then went to Leeds and took a position with a law firm now called the DLA Piper  – the largest law firm in the world. I am now a partner in a national solicitors firm called Gateley LLP , headquarter in Birmingham  and I specialise in banking and Finance Litigation acting for funders. I am married to Alexandra and we have two children William (13) and Isabella (11). I still enjoy hockey (although a broken knee has kept me from playing for two season) alpine skiing and ski mountaineering, sailing  and most recently road cycling.

I am still in contact with Ed Stroud  and to a lesser extent Alex Drapper from school

I will be attending the OF Family Day on 29th June along with my brother Robert Baird ( who is flying in from Australia. My sister Tessa Baird an OF lives in Australia  and my  younger brother  Andrew ( an OF) lives in Suffolk.


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