Robert Baker
 
Role: Associate Director
Office location: Kent
Joined the team: September 2018

Why Base?
 
Base provides a great variety of work and with that comes valuable experience. For example, I could be working with a contractor, a local authority and a barrister on three different projects in the same week. The high quality and varied skillset of our team also provides plenty of opportunities for learning and self-development through others.

 
What expertise do you feel you bring to Base?
 
Main contracting experience.

 
What are your career aspirations for the future?
 
Eventually I’d like to set up a private practice, but that’s a long-term goal. More immediately, I’d like to work on gaining as much experience as possible to become as valuable as possible. I’d also like to broaden further into expert witness work.

 
How do you see the industry changing in the future?
 
I think construction will be oligopolised by the major companies, reducing the number of smaller players. I think this could have a positive impact on reducing unprofessional practice whilst also providing bigger, more defined disputes for Base to get involved with.

 
Do you have an accomplishment that’s shaped your career?
 
Passing my APC and becoming chartered.

The high quality and varied skillset of our team also provides plenty of opportunities for learning and self-development through others

 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Base so far?
 
Having to balance working on multiple projects is difficult as it requires flexibility and the ability to adapt rapidly. It has taught me a lot about personal time management as well as dealing with a range of different people at different times. Coming from a contractor background, I found that quite a challenge.

 
What motivates you?
 
Feeling like part of a successful team.

 
What would you say is your biggest strength?
 
I’m adaptable and quick to understand and respond to new situations.

 
What would your biggest piece of advice be to those starting in the industry today?
 
Be humble and absorbent for at least the first 10 years of your career. We work with a lot of young people. The ones that are successful are the ones that absorb everything they hear, rather than assuming they know it all and pushing themselves too far, too fast.
 

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