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

Liesl Fichardt specializes in complex tax, finance, debt and art related investigations and disputes, and leads this practice for Quinn Emanuel in London. Liesl's expertise has been widely acknowledged by various organizations and publications. Most recently, she was recognized in the Chambers & Partners Global Guide, ranking Band 1 for Tax: Contentious. Chambers wrote, "She is first-class; she is a very good international lawyer who is highly respected, extremely hard-working and a brilliant strategist and tactician." "She is a very practiced, skillful and determined litigator.". Further, Liesl has been recognized by Legal 500 in the Tax Litigation & Investigations Hall of FameLegal 500 wrote, “Liesl Fichardt is a superb 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 and has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax.

Liesl's areas of expertise also encompass art disputes involving taxation, provenance, and copyright.

She is one of the leading experts advising corporates, multinationals and high net-worth individuals. She has published extensively in this field. Her expertise is extensive, holding dual qualifications as a solicitor-advocate and boasting experience as a mediator, arbitrator, and former acting judge.

Liesl often provides strategic guidance to Boards on how to assess, manage, minimize or mitigate risks and exposure. Over the past few years, she has been very active in the following areas: tax and debt structuring disputes; disputes relevant to the Art industry; the Media and Entertainment industry; the taxation of partnerships; private equity, funds and asset managers and disputes in that area; complex cross border taxation, financing and regulatory issues for corporates including the finance, insurance, asset management, hedge funds, mining, oil and gas sectors.

Liesl is a leading figure in the legal and art world. She sits on the International Taxes Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Advisory Board for the MSc (Taxation) at Oxford University. Liesl is a current committee member and former Chair of the British Branch of the International Fiscal Association and was previously head of Tax Disputes at Clifford Chance. She is a Trustee of the Stellenbosch University Foundation UK.

She is a prominent patron of the arts, and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Frieze Acquisitions Committee of the Contemporary Art Society (CAS) and Co-Chair of the CAS Development Board. Additionally, she is a Trustee of the Norval Foundation, and supports various Art Institutions and Foundations.  

  • 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
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Litigators Guide 2023, International Investigations, esp. Tax; Russia Disputes
  • Chambers Global 2023 and 2024: UK: Tax: Contentious – Band 1
    • 'Liesl Fichardt is a leading tax litigator who comes recommended for her ability to handle tricky, high-risk tax disputes. She has standout expertise in the tax issues faced by clients in the mining sector, especially in Southern Africa.'
    • "She is excellent at dealing with the tax authorities."
    • "I have been very happy with Liesl's advice and guidance."
    • "Liesl is a great lawyer to have on your side when negotiating with HMRC."
    • "She is an outstanding practitioner who puts real thought and creativity into her work."
    • "Liesl is super responsive, she knows all the details and she provides very pragmatic advice."
  • Who’s Who Legal 2023, 2024: Thought Leaders Global Elite, Corporate Tax – Controversy
  • Chambers 2021, 2022, 2023: Global and UK-Wide, Tax: Contentious
    • Band 1 
  • Euromoney’s 2022 Expert Guides, Women in Business Law
  • Named a Law360 MVP in Tax, 2022
  • UK Legal 500 2022 - 2024: Tax Litigation & Investigations
    • Hall of Fame
    • 'Liesl Fichardt is a technically accomplished lawyer with great client hands. She has outstanding communication skills and deep experience in dealings with HMRC.'
  • 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
  • Gold Patron and Co-Chair of Acquisitions Committee and Development Board, Contemporary Arts Society:
  • Trustee Norval Art Foundation