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Grania Baird banking lawyer

Grania leads the financial services regulatory and funds practice at Farrer & Co. She has over 20 years of experience acting for clients across the sector, including private banks, wealth managers, asset managers, and more recently payment services firms and Fintech businesses.

Grania has advised clients on the significant legal and regulatory changes impacting the financial services sector over the years. Recent examples include advising on the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR), the impact of the Asset Management Market Study (AMMS) on authorised fund managers, continuing to advise clients on the impact of Brexit and advising clients on the changes introduced by the FCA and PRA to address the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Grania regularly advises clients on conduct of business matters including drafting and reviewing terms of business, product governance issues, distribution and outsourcing arrangements. She has advised many private banks on the regulatory environment for retail lending, including advice on documentation and procedures. Increasingly, Grania has been working with clients on ways to enhance the client experience including advising firms on the use of technology consistent with legal and regulatory requirements.

Grania advises authorised fund managers, particularly those who manage FCA authorised funds such as UCITS, NURS, QIS, ACS and CAIF funds. Her practice covers advice on changes to fund documentation whether due to regulatory changes or product changes, suspensions and terminations of funds, changes of manager and depositary, as well as schemes of arrangement. 

Grania regularly speaks at seminars, webinars and other events on financial services law and regulation.


"I have used Grania Baird and her team for many years. First focusing on the asset management business and then in latter years the wealth management business. High technical knowledge, good practical knowledge, delivers using language which is easily understandable. Nice people to work with." (Legal 500 2022)

"Grania Baird is extremely knowledgeable and is able to provide clear and concise explanations which can be easily understood by individuals without a legal background." (Legal 500 2022)

"Grania Baird is a fountain of knowledge on financial regulatory matters; she has a great breadth to her practice and is able to advise on both the black letter law but also market practice and give an insight as to where we stand on particular issues." (Legal 500 2022)

"Grania Baird is an excellent lawyer, very pragmatic and precise." (Legal 500 2022)

"We work principally with Grania Baird. Whilst demonstrating good pragmatism and flexibility, she never loses sight of the need to be technically sound. Her advice comes at a price, but she adopts a sensible approach to agreeing fees and, in my experience, represents good value for money." (Legal 500 2021)

"The very professional and personable Grania Baird provides a highly technical and practical service to a range of asset managers and private banks". Legal 500

"Grania Baird is open, approachable and effective, sources claim, adding that she provides practical and sensible solutions to complicated technical issues". Chambers UK

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