Philippe Freund, Partner, Dispute Resolution
I have worked on domestic and international tax disputes for both individual and corporate clients for the last 12 years and have acted in cases ranging from the High Court to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. Having read law in both Germany and France before qualifying as an English Barrister I regularly advise clients on domestic and cross-border tax issues in both German and French.
I advise on all areas of corporate and personal tax and regularly act for corporates, HNW and UHNW individuals and Revenue inquiries (COP 8, COP 9). I have particular expertise in cross- border litigation and investigations and regularly lead large international teams of lawyers on such matters. Speaking French and German fluently.
I have been listed in the main directories since 2013. Clients have praised my responsiveness, attention to detail and technical knowledge (Chambers UK 2014: UK- wide contentious tax). I have also been described as "one of the few truly international tax litigators" (Chambers UK 2015: UK- wide contentious tax), "technically very able, helpful and willing to make himself available at short notice to assist with queries and to provide support" (Chamber UK 2018: UK- wide contentious tax), "extremely bright and extremely capable" and "able to drill down to the heart of the matter and present the client's case in a clear way to HMRC in order to achieve a quick resolution" (Chambers UK 2019: UK- wide contentious tax). I have also been listed in Chambers Global as a foreign expert for Germany since 2017. I was included in Tax Journal's "40 Under 40 Ones to watch in tax" (2015 edition) where I was described as "a unique talent with capabilities that are unmatched by other tax or EU law experts", "a very skilled, smart, brilliant professional" and as having "an exceptional intellect which is always ready to challenge the conventional analyses of issues" with "a very good knowledge of this subject matter and of litigation" and an ability "to explain difficult technical matters in a simple fashion".
I have been ranked in the International Tax Review's tax controversy leader's guide since 2010.
I specialise in European law and UK tax law relating to contentious UK income and capital taxes, especially in relation to trusts and non-domiciled individuals. I also advise on VAT and customs duty matters. I regularly provide cross-border strategic advice to corporates, trusts and private clients.
In my spare time I enjoy walking and mountaineering, cooking and spending time with my wife and two young children.