Grania Baird#6893

Grania Baird

Partner, Farrer & Co
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.

“Whilst demonstrating good pragmatism and flexibility, she never loses sight of the need to be technically sound”. Legal 500 2021
Contributed to


Climate change and sustainability issues for the financial sector
Climate change and sustainability issues for the financial sector
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides details on climate change and sustainability issues facing the financial sector, including issues relating to biodiversity and nature. It provides an introduction to the area, setting out why climate change and sustainability is such a hot topic and explains how that has affected the financial sector especially when dealing with risk and financial stability. The Practice Note provides information on the global and European policy and legislative initiatives in this area, such as the Paris Agreement 2015, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB), Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector (SFDR), Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 (Taxonomy Regulation) and Regulation (EU) 2019/2089 amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 as regards EU climate transition benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned benchmarks and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks (Low Carbon Benchmark Regulation). Policy developments, alongside regulatory and legislative measures in the UK level are also covered, as well as developments from key authorities such as the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA).

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 1996


  • LLB (Guildford) (1993)
  • LPC (Guildford) (1994)


  • University of Oxford (Modern History) (1989 – 1992)

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