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Fichardt, Liesl

Liesl Fichardt

Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2040, Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2100
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Liesl Fichardt was most recently recognised by Legal 500 as a member of the Tax Litigation & Investigations Hall of Fame. Legal 500 wrote, “Liesl Fichardt is a superb tax lawyer, for whom there are not enough superlatives. Technically brilliant in the principles and details of domestic and international taxation law, she has a fantastic strategic nous and great skill and experience in dealing with tax authorities.”. Liesl was also listed in the Hot 100 List by The Lawyer. She is top rated in the Chambers directory and is listed in International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders as one of the top tax specialists in the UK, as well as their Women in Tax Leaders Guide, 2020 Edition. She has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2019 - 2020.

Liesl specialises in complex Tax and Regulatory Investigations, Disputes and Arbitration, leading this international practice from London. Previously, Liesl was head of the Tax Investigations and Disputes practice at Clifford Chance. She is one of the leading experts advising corporates and multi –nationals and high net individuals  in complex investigations, disputes and arbitration, both domestic and international. Her experience is wide ranging as solicitor, advocate, arbitrator and former acting judge.

Given the complex and sensitive nature of the work, she often provides strategic guidance to Boards and how to assess manage, minimize or mitigate risks and exposure. In the past few years, she has been very active in the following areas: taxation relevant to Sports clubs and the Sport  industry; the Media and Entertainment industry; the taxation of partnerships; private equity and disputes in that area; complex cross border taxation and regulatory issues for corporates including the mining, oil and gas sector. She conducts many tax disputes against HMRC and multiple other tax authorities for corporates and high net worth individuals. 

Liesl is former Chair of the British Branch of the International Fiscal Association and also sits on the International Taxes Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. She has published widely in this field.

  • Notre Dame
    (LLM, International Law and Legal Studies, cum laude, 1991)
  • Stellenbosch University
    (LLB, Bcom, Law, 1989)
  • University of Cape Town
    (H (Dip) Tax, Tax Law/Taxation, 1999)
  • Chartered Institute of Taxation
    (Advanced Diploma in International Taxation, 2008)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Solicitor-Advocate, England & Wales
  • Advocate, The High Court of South Africa
  • Afrikaans
  • Clifford Chance LLP:
    • Partner, Head of Tax Disputes, 2013-2017
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP:
    • Partner, Head of Tax Disputes, 2007 -2013
  • Dorsey & Whitney:
    • Partner, 2006-2007
  • High Court of South Africa:
    • Judge, 2004
    • Advocate High Court
  • UK Legal 500 2022: Tax Litigation & Investigations
    • Hall of Fame
  • Chambers UK 2021, 2022: Global and UK-Wide, Tax: Contentious
    • Band 1 
  • International Tax Review (ITR): Women in Tax Leaders Guide (2020) 
  • Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2019-2020
  • The Lawyer Hot 100 
  • UK Legal 500 2020: Tax Litigation and Investigations
    • Leading Individuals
  • International Tax Review (ITR): Tax Controversy Leaders (2020, 7th Edition)
  • Advisory Board and Governance, MSc in Taxation, Oxford University
  • Trustee Stellenbosch University Trust, UK
  • Taxation Seminars Committee, London School of Economics
  • British Branch Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and former British Branch Chair
  • International Taxes Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Contemporary Arts Society: Gold Patron
  • Norval Foundation Education: Patron