JR Baker (Law) gives affordable advice and efficient support to people in need of legal advice or a legal service. She also supports people who encounter legal problems in their lives but who find it difficult to deal with them sometimes because of cost or because of uncertainty about the steps they might take to solve their legal problems.
We believe in the principle that every one is equal before the law but we know that not everyone has equal access to legal services. We do our best to help everyone find solutions to their legal problems and access the best legal advice and representation available.
Jan Baker is the principal lawyer of JR Baker (LAW). She has extensive work experience. She has been a teacher, school principal, university lecturer, researcher, ministerial adviser, administrator, public servant and now lawyer.
Jan studied in Tasmania, in the US, in the UK and in the ACT. She completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania. She graduated in Law from the University of Canberra and completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through the College of Law in Sydney. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the ACT Supreme Court and is entered in the roll of lawyers of the High Court of Australia.
Jan was inaugural chair of the Tasmanian Women’s Consultative Council, a member of the University Council and a member of the Royal Hobart Hospital/University Ethics Committee. She tutored and lectured in the Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra moving from there to the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training and then on to the Australian Government’s Attorney General’s Department and the Australian Institute of Criminology
Jan worked briefly as a volunteer on the help desk at the ACT Legal Aid Commission, with ACT Victims of Crime Support and with Communities at Work. She then worked as a solicitor in two boutique generalist law firms in Canberra gaining considerable and diverse experience in most areas of civil and criminal law before setting up JR Baker (LAW).
She regularly assists at the ACT Law Society’s Legal Advice Bureau and Pro Bono Clearing House . She is a member of the ACT Law Society and the Women Lawyers Association ACT. She is also a member of the New South Wales Law Society.
In her spare time Jan enjoys good company (family and friends), walking the dog, rowing, opera, reading, playing the piano and fine wines.
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