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Fichardt, Liesl

Liesl Fichardt



Liesl Fichardt specializes in complex Regulatory and Tax Investigations, Disputes and Litigation, 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 in complex regulatory   and tax investigations, disputes and litigation, both domestic and international. Her practice involves various regulatory bodies including tax authorities, corporate and financial regulators. Her experience is wide ranging as solicitor, advocate, arbitrator and former acting judge.

Liesl was recently listed in the Hot 100 List by The Lawyer. She 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, as well as their Women in Tax Leaders Guide, 2020 Edition. She has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2019. 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


  • 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)


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


  • Afrikaans

  Prior Associations

  • 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


  • International Tax Review (ITR): Women in Tax Leaders Guide (2017, 2020) 
  • Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax 2019
  • The Lawyer  Hot 100 2019: Litigators
  • Chambers UK 2017: UK-Wide, Tax: Contentious
    • Band 1
  • UK Legal 500 2017: Tax Litigation and Investigations
    • Leading Individuals
  • 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