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Fichardt, Liesl

Liesl Fichardt

Partner

  Biography

Liesl Fichardt is a partner specializing in complex international and cross border Tax Investigations and Disputes. She joined the firm’s London office in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Liesl was the head of the Tax Investigations and Disputes practice at Clifford Chance. She is one of the leading experts in complex international tax disputes, and she has considerable court and tribunal experience which includes conducting cases in the Tax Tribunal, the courts of appeal and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Liesl advises on all areas of international tax disputes including raids by tax authorities, organizational and reputational risk issues, complex investigations, strategic discussions with tax authorities, settlement of disputes and litigation.

Liesl is top rated in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories and is listed in International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders as one of the top tax specialists in the UK. 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.

  Practice Areas

  Education

  • 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)

  Admissions

Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales; Advocate of High Court of South Africa

  Languages

  • Afrikaans

  Prior Associations

  • Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP:
    • Partner, Head of Tax Disputes, 2007 -2013

  • Clifford Chance LLP:
    • Partner, Head of Tax Disputes, 2013-2017

  • Dorsey & Whitney:
    • Partner, 2006-2007

  • High Court of South Africa:
    • Judge, 2004

  Awards

  • Chambers UK 2017: UK-Wide, Tax: Contentious
    • Band 1
  • UK Legal 500 2017: Tax Litigation and Investigations
    • Leading Individuals
  • International Tax Review (ITR): Women in Tax Leaders (2017, 3rd Edition) 
  • International Tax Review (ITR): Tax Controversy Leaders (2017, 7th Edition)

Professional Activities

  • Advisory Committee and Governance, MSc in Taxation, Oxford University
  • 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