Karl is a seasoned banking lawyer advising on a wide range of financial products. He also advises businesses facing bankruptcy and professional partnerships.

Karl joined the firm in 1980 as a trainee solicitor after graduating from Aberystwyth University. He became a partner in 1987.

Karl enjoys extreme sports from white water kayaking to downhill mountain biking. He also pays an active part in his local Church.

Karl lives in Cardiff with his wife, Gillian, the Chief Executive of CAFCASS Cymru and their daughter Esther.


Baranski recently advised Lloyds Bank on an £8.3m capital expenditure facility to FEI Foods accompanied by a separate £11.2m hire purchase facility
Legal 500, 2019

"He has a significant amount of technical knowledge, and is determined to find groundbreaking solutions."

Chambers & Partners Directory, 2019

"Karl Baranski of Geldards LLP focuses his practice on non-contentious advisory work for insolvency practitioners, purchasers of bankrupt businesses and the boards of distressed companies. He is also known for his expertise in general banking matters."
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017

"Described as "technically very strong and efficient" by clients, Karl Baranski handles borrower and lender-side banking and finance matters. One interviewee enthuses: "He has got amazing recall of forensic detail on complicated documents," and adds that "he is very helpful if you have an urgent query - he instils confidence.""
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017

"'He's clear in his thinking and has very good analytical skills' according to one impressed client."
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2016

"The 'excellent' Karl Baranski is a 'favourite to work with'. He acts as head of the department and is well known for his in-depth experience in equity and loan finance."
Banking & Finance, Chambers & Partners Directory, 2015

"Karl Baranski is "well known" in the market as a banking and insolvency lawyer, and is described as a "seasoned operator" by sources.
Insolvency & Corporate Recovery, Chambers & Partners Directory, 2015