"Paul Whitfield-Jones is extremely skilful in this area."
Legal 500 2024: EU and Competition


Paul Whitfield-Jones is counsel in the International Trade group, based out of London. He focuses on regulatory compliance, transactional advice and investigations in the areas of economic sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption, foreign direct investment and money laundering. Paul has advised clients in a broad array of sectors, including defence, space, energy, finance, insurance, transport and engineering.

Paul advises clients on developing and testing compliance programmes; designing and delivering training; conducting investigations and submitting disclosures; liaising with regulators and supporting licence applications; and advising on complex transactions. He has represented clients in matters involving the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU), the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), HM Revenue & Customs, the Investment Security Unit, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the US Departments of Commerce and State.

Paul’s experience includes a secondment into the group export controls team of a major defence company, during the term of a Consent Agreement with the US State Department. He is an active participant in the Export Group for Aerospace, Defence and Dual-Use (EGADD), where he supports training initiatives and has been a regular speaker at EGADD training events.

Paul joined Mayer Brown in 2018.


  • Englisch


  • Providing on-going support and advice to the group export controls team of a major defence company.
  • Part-time secondment to the trade compliance team of a major international engineering company.
  • Assisting a major aerospace company on conducting a group-wide risk assessment relating to sanctions and export controls, and developing a suite of sanctions and export control policies and procedures based on findings from the risk assessment.
  • Supported an independent integrity compliance consultancy reporting to the African Development Bank (AfDB) in relation to a large Chinese company debarred by the AfDB and other MDBs.
  • Assisting an international engineering company with a risk assessment of its third party agents and distributers.
  • Advising a commodities trading firm with an application for a trade controls licence application to the UK Export Control Joint Unit.
  • Advising a components manufacturer with an application for an export licence to the US Bureau of Industry and Security.
  • Assisting a major US satellite company with a sanctions and export controls risk assessment.
  • Advising a major European bank on a licence application to the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation under Russia sanctions.
  • Assisting an Asian oil and gas company with its response to a request for information from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control.
  • Advising a UK aerospace company on an application for a Technical Assistance Agreement to the US Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
  • Advising a major US engineering company on UK foreign direct investment issues in connection with an acquisition, including submitting a notification to the UK Investment Security Unit.
  • Advising an international engineering company on the seizure of goods by UK Border Force.


  • England und Wales
  • Listed as a key lawyer for EU and Competition, "Paul Whitfield-Jones is extremely skillful in this area." (Legal 500 2024).
  • Listed as a key lawyer for EU and Competition (Legal 500 2022-23).
  • Listed as a key lawyer and recommended for EU and Competition Trade. "Engaging, very knowledgeable and hugely supportive and helpful. Whilst I realise that I only know a handful of people there, Paul Whitfield-Jones and Jason Hungerford give me nothing but total confidence in the capabilities of the rest of their staff" (Legal 500 2021).
  • Listed as a key lawyer for EU and Competition Trade (Legal 500 2020).