Jessica Kathryn Mutton's practice focuses on international trade, encompassing: sanctions and export controls; customs; anti-bribery and corruption; and tax evasion. She joined Baker McKenzie from another global law firm in 2015. She studied and worked in both London and Paris, and has knowledge of both the English common law and French civil law systems.
Jessica is the lead associate covering Brexit-related developments, analysing how they will affect the UK's trading position generally and clients' businesses specifically. She has helped clients to conduct assessments of how Brexit will impact their businesses and assisted in developing tailored Brexit
Jessica conducts training and presents at various seminars, webinars, and conferences on the complexities of Brexit, as well as on international trade matters more generally. She is recommended by Legal 500 for her Customs and Brexit work.
Jessica's sanctions and export controls work includes advising international clients on fast-moving and evolving EU and UN sanctions, notably in respect of Iran, Russia, Cuba, and North Korea, and on compliance with UK and EU export controls. Further, her customs experience includes advising on supply chains, tariff classification and Customs valuations, as well as informing clients of legislative developments in the Customs area, such as the UCC and Brexit legislation, and analysing how the changes impact clients' businesses.
Jessica's anti-bribery experience includes assisting with investigations and advising clients on compliance with anti-bribery laws including those set out in the UK Bribery Act. She also advises clients in relation to the recent UK offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion, and helps client conduct risk assessments to assess whether they meet legislative requirements in this respect. Jessica advises global clients across a number of sectors including consumer goods and retail, finance, pharmaceuticals, defence, aviation, energy, and telecommunications. She regularly advises clients across the globe, notably with complex and multi-jurisdictional supply chains.
Jessica advises global clients across a number of sectors including consumer goods and retail, finance, pharmaceuticals, defence, aviation, energy, and telecommunications. She advises clients with complex and multi-jurisdictional supply chains.
Representative Legal Matters
- Advised a major online retailer on a broad range of customs matters, including complex supply chain restructuring due to the increase in the client's third-party reseller business, and strategic Brexit advice.
- Advised an international technology company on the drafting of policies and procedures, conducted compliance risk assessments, applied for licences/ exemptions from governmental authorities, and assisted in wide-ranging investigations covering multiple jurisdictions.
- Advised a luxury goods company on the impact of Brexit on the client's trade operations with recommendations of areas to focus on.
- Advised a large luxury British retailer in their application for Authorised Economic Operator status.
- Advised an international consumer goods company on its supply chains and provided strategic excise advice to the client, including specific and detailed advice on cross-docking goods.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Law Society of England & Wales
- England & Wales (Solicitor)~United Kingdom (2015)
- King's College London and University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne (English Law and French Law First Class Honours) (2012)