Jessica Mutton's practice focuses on international trade, encompassing customs, tax evasion, sanctions and export controls, and anti-bribery. She joined Baker McKenzie from another global law firm in 2015. Jessica has knowledge of both the English common law and French civil law systems and has worked in London, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid.
Jessica conducts training and presents at various seminars, webinars, and conferences on the complexities of international trade compliance. She is identified as a "rising star" by the Legal 500 and is recommended by the same body for her customs and Brexit work.
Jessica's practice at Baker McKenzie focused on international trade work, encompassing Customs and Excise, Sanctions and Export Controls, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Tax Evasion, and Product Regulation.
Jessica specialises in Customs and her experience includes advising multinational companies on global supply chain issues including EU and UK tariff classification, origin, and customs valuation. She has run numerous multi-jurisdictional and complex valuation and transfer pricing projects, including liaising with counsel across the globe to provide consolidated, commercial and practical client-facing advice. Jessica has experience working with Customs authorities in various jurisdictions and she has prepared a range of applications and disclosures in a number of different countries. Jessica is praised by clients for being commercial and pragmatic, and regularly has to develop compliance strategies that take into consideration competing demands from the business.
Jessica also advises clients in relation to the UK offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion, and helps clients 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 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)
- College of Law at London (Legal Practice Course, Distinction) (2013)
- King's College London and University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne (English Law and French Law, First Class Honours) (2012)