Mark Beardsworth

United Kingdom

Brown Rudnick
8 Clifford Street

Tel: +44 20 7851 6100
Fax: +44 20 7851 6068


Mark Beardsworth focuses his practice in the defense of serious fraud and criminal matters and has been involved in prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Services Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, the Financial Reporting Council and the Environment Agency. These cases are often complex, high profile and international in nature. Mark has a special interest in cases with ancillary civil and professional disciplinary proceedings and has a practical knowledge of representing a client’s wider interests in these situations.

Mark conducts internal investigations for corporates, regulators and other entities and advises companies and their directors on governance issues. He helps clients to avoid compliance and criminal risk in a wide range of scenarios.

Additionally, Mark has represented clients in relation to confiscation and restraint issues including cash seizures. He was the acting solicitor in the House of Lords case of Regina v Rezvi and Others (2001 2 All ER 609) which challenged confiscation proceedings as contrary to the Human Rights Act 2000.

Mark is recognized as a leader in the field of both commercial fraud and criminal litigation in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Mark was a Partner with Kingsley Napley.

Today, allegations of corporate and other misconduct are an unfortunate fact of corporate and public life – for the innocent as well as the guilty. When it all hits the fan, only experienced judgment can preserve your reputation, livelihood and liberty. Our lawyers have more than 30 years of it – including substantial experience at the Department of Justice. We’ve helped hundreds of companies, officers, directors, employees, advisors and public officials prevent and respond to allegations of wrongdoing.

Our approach is three-pronged: 1) a tight compliance program to prevent misconduct and improve your negotiating position; 2) comprehensive internal investigations (voluntary or mandated) to assess the extent of any problems; and 3) creative negotiating tactics to minimize damage. And our strategies are as global as your business footprint. Operating from international government and financial centers, we work with clients across North America, Europe and Asia to coordinate complex multijurisdictional compliance programs and regulatory responses.

When a favorable agreement can’t be reached, we advocate zealously on your behalf before courts and juries, the Department of Justice, the SEC and other administrative and regulatory agencies, as well as Congressional oversight committees.

Throw out the old paradigm. In fact, throw out the word paradigm – and anything else tired, trite, sluggish or slow. Powered by over 230 high-octane lawyers in key financial centers, including New York, London, Boston, and Washington, DC, Brown Rudnick is a law firm designed for speed and performance.

Our advice is practical and business-driven – not abstract or opaque. And our progressive operating model takes collaboration to a new level – benefitting like-minded clients who want muscular, integrated service, timely delivered.

From major corporate restructurings, class actions and cross-border mergers, to exotic asset-class securitizations and the front lines of global climate initiatives, we are committed to your business and passionate about results.

“Mark Beardsworth of Brown Rudnick LLP is praised for his strategic ability. Sources say he is “fantastic at dealing with the problem from the very start. He takes control of the situation and he has fantastic judgement.”
Chambers & Partners, 2015