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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Mark Jones is a partner in our Dispute Resolution department. Mark specialises in criminal and regulatory defence work and investigations for both individuals and corporates. His work is often multi-jurisdictional as well as often being complex and high profile. He regularly deals with clients who have complex problems which require a multi-disciplinary approach.

Mark’s  practice covers matters being investigated and prosecuted by a wide range of authorities such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC and CPS as well as other regulators. He advises from the outset of matters and is able to devise a bespoke strategy for his clients. Often Mark’s matters involve multiple jurisdictions and he is able to marshal the required expertise to offer clients a seamless service.

In addition to his white-collar practice, Mark conducts internal investigations for corporates concerning whistleblowing or alleged wrongdoing, as well as representing employees in internal investigations and interviews. With experience of reviewing and drafting compliance policies and procedures for corporate clients, Mark has significant experience across the business crime and compliance practice area. He regularly provides training to clients on compliance areas such as anti-money laundering, the facilitation of tax evasion and bribery and corruption.

Mark also acts for victims of crime, assisting them through the criminal justice system and working alongside civil lawyers where applicable. This experience also extend the private prosecutions on behalf of the victims of crime. Mark often works with our Privacy & Media Team to ensure that clients have the benefit of a strategic approach to their position.


Qualified 2005, joined Payne Hick Beach 2022, partner 2022.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Art and cultural property

Till Vere-Hodge and James Bacon co-lead the specialist arts practice at Payne Hicks Beach LLP. Vere-Hodge covers all areas of law relating to artworks, antiquities and collectibles, and has built up considerable expertise in resolving claims pertaining to looted artworks and antiquities. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, dealers, galleries and museums. Bacon is recognised for his knowledge of heritage property taxation matters, and has niche expertise in the use of maintenance fund settlements for land. Mark Jones joined the team from Blake Morgan LLP; he has an impressive track record of advising art market participants on their anti-money laundering obligations.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

The crime department at Payne Hicks Beach LLP, which sits within the wider disputes resolution practice, regularly advises high and ultra-high net worth individuals in a variety of criminal cases such as sexual assault, harassment, drugs offences, and cross-border crimes. The ‘utterly exceptionalMark Jones leads the team, with support provided from Hanna Basha, Nick Grant, and associate Henry Watkinson.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

The Payne Hicks Beach LLP defence and investigations group is regarded as being at the ‘forefront of innovation in this sector’, offering in-depth expertise in serious fraud matters and financial crime proceedings. Practice head Mark Jones is a ‘very impressive fraud lawyer’ who specialises in complex criminal investigations brought by the SFO and FCA since his arrival from Blake Morgan LLP in September 2022. Paul Dorrans focuses on fraud and financial crime issues, while Hanna Basha handles privacy and media-related work. Nick Grant and Henry Watkinson are also noted.