Christopher Kientzler | Fieldfisher
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My practice focuses on helping clients prevent tax disputes with HMRC, and to resolve disputes that have arisen as quickly and beneficially as possible.
My clients include corporates clients ranging from small to multinational enterprises, HNW and UHNW individuals, trustees and beneficiaries of trusts. By way of example, I have acted in IR 35 cases, pension charges and surcharges litigation before the Tax Tribunals, tax-focused judicial review, High Court restitution claims, and worked on complex domicile enquiries, HMRC disclosures, international investigations, as well as COP8 and COP9 enquiries focusing on achieving good outcomes for clients. I also work on customs-duty disputes involving classification issues.

I have experience working on cases in courts and tribunals at all levels, from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.
I have also worked on UNCITRAL, SCC and LCIA arbitration both in private and state-investor disputes, including applications for emergency relief against a state.

As a native-level German speaker, I have particular experience delivering solutions in complex cross-border issues involving a number of jurisdictions and legal systems and often work with German speaking clients and teams of lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions. While on secondment to Germany in 2018/2019, I advised a successful German business extensively on Brexit preparations. I also have particular experience advising clients in relation to jurisdiction issues arising in commercial and consumer claims.

I spend my free time playing the cello, cooking and travelling.

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