Clifford Chance hires a Liesl – but is it the right one?

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Clifford Chance welcomes the impressive new hire that is Liesl Fichardt.

Formally head of Berwin Leighton Paisner’s contentious tax affairs practice, Fichardt adds her significant expertise to Clifford Chance at a time when tax matters are big news.

“We are seeing increasing demand from clients for advice and help on resolving their tax disputes, and we expect this is an area that will continue to grow for the firm’s market leading practice,” said David Harkness, global head of Clifford Chance’s tax, employment and pensions practice.

Liesl Fichardt joined Dorsey & Whitney in 2006, after 13 years as a tax barrister. She moved to BLP in 2008.

Here at The Epilogue, we ponder the big questions, as you know.  So, how does Liesl Fichardt compare with her Sound of Music namesake, Liesl von Trapp?


Liesl Fichardt has “a great instinct for litigation” according to Chambers UK and Chambers Europe 2011.

Liesl von Trapp had an instinct for Rolfe the post boy. Things did not turn out well.

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Team work

According to the Legal 500, “masterful” Liesl Fichardt “immediately gets to the heart of a problem, exhibits clear strategic and tactical thinking, manages complex dynamics of multi-party litigation well, and sees herself as working as a team with her clients.”

Liesl von Trapp had no choice but to sing, it being the family business – at least after Maria got her feet under the Captain’s table. Easily distracted (by the erstwhile Rolfe, see above) and wont to run about in the rain wearing nowt but a pink frock, she recklessly risked a husky voice that could’ve cost Team von Trapp dearly in the Salzburg singing competition. For shame.

Fichardt 2 von Trapp 0


Liesl Fichardt has been a South African High Court Judge and has US and UK experience. She studied at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, the University of Cape Town ( law, LLB Hdip tax) and the University of Notre Dame, USA (LLM). She speaks English, Afrikaans and Dutch. Her experience includes

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