SPECIALIST

PHILIPPE FREUND

Phone

+44 (0)20 7861 4096

Professional Background

  • Partner of Fieldfisher LLP

  • Read law in Germany (University of Saarbrücken, University of Mainz), France (Université Paris XII Val de Marne (licence en droit) and Université Paris I Panthéon- Sorbonne (maîtrise en droit international), and England University of Westminster (CPE) and Inns of Courts School of Law (BVC). Called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2005).

  • Authored numerous articles for professional journals and spoke at numerous professional and academic conferences on different subjects relating to national, European and international taxation.

Proven Track Record

  • 14 years of experience in international tax law including:

  • acting for the corporate taxpayer in the FII Group Litigation (High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Justice), the CFC and Dividend Group Litigation and the Thin Cap Group Litigation;

  • acting for the corporate taxpayer in a number of VAT related tax disputes and voluntary disclosures, including references to the European Court of Justice;

  • acting for companies in a number of Customs Duties disputes and voluntary disclosures; and

  • acting for individual taxpayers in relation to HMRC Investigations, voluntary disclosures and large multi-jurisdictional tax disputes, including criminal tax inquiries (leading and coordinating often large teams of international lawyers).

Capabilities

  • I regularly advise and/or provide strategic advice in large international tax matters (in English, German and French, having read law in all three countries) and assist clients in putting together and leading their international legal team if required;

  • As a barrister I have higher rights of audience, which allows me to represent clients in all levels of courts, thus providing a one-stop shop (which is unusual in the UK due to the separation of the legal profession into solicitors and barristers).

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