It’s been a particularly busy time for Camilla Baldwin. In addition to her impressive caseload of UHNWs and celebrities, Baldwin is also running her pro bono clinic, Not Beyond Redemption, at HMP Send to help women in prison see their children.
As founder of the eponymous boutique, she has an enviable list of clients spanning celebrity sportsmen, influential landowners, members of international royal families and entrepreneurs.
Baldwin speaks French and is learning Russian. Her cases often have an international element or involve an array of complex financial arrangements. There has been a steady influx of Russians who come to the English courts to either be rescued, or to fight against financial orders being made here, guided by Baldwin.
Baldwin is a well-known advocate of more accessible arbitration in the main courts, which senior family law professionals agree with. ‘It will save clients a lot of money and make many people happier, rather than getting caught up in a court system that doesn’t work,’ she explains.
An emerging trend in her practice is the rise of marital agreements, which often involve more than one jurisdiction. A highlight of her year was a complex case in which she advised a second wife, whose Dubai-based husband also had a first wife under Sharia law and wanted to organise a post-nup linked to the English courts. The wife had no rights under Sharia law or in England and therefore Baldwin came up with a practical solution to ensure that the wife was transferred assets immediately. This year, Baldwin also represented a Russian wife who wanted a post-nuptial agreement that would be enforceable in Russia but was not enforceable worldwide. Baldwin worked with Russian lawyers to come up with a document that would keep the peace between the wife and her husband but also ensure that the wife was protected on divorce. Such practicality is what leads clients to choose Baldwin’s firm. And, as she tells Spear’s: ‘We leave no stone unturned.’
Baldwin has also recently acted for several footballers’ girlfriends in complex Schedule 1 cases. She is a long-standing campaigner for better rights for unmarried couples. Many cohabiting couples find they have very few financial rights in the event of a relationship breakdown.
With her pro-bono family law clinic, Not Beyond Redemption, at HMP Send, Baldwin and her team visit the prison monthly and provide extensive legal advice on children matters. She is also advising on the legal aspects on the BBC1 divorce drama, The Split.