Tax controversy

Crefovi has a team of ‟Tax controversy” lawyers, who have negotiated and successfully litigated extraordinary results for clients in tax audits, summons-enforcement proceedings, industry-wide and client-specific appeals resolutions, and litigation and appellate practice.

Innovative advice

Crefovi has a ‟Tax controversy” practice, whose lawyers have unsurpassed credibility, unparalleled procedural expertise and strategic thinking, and a broad array of experience in dealing with the French and British tax authorities in administrative proceedings, in all available courts. These lawyers also work with Crefovi’s and other firms’ transactional tax lawyers, during the planning of a transaction, to identify and minimise potential tax controversies.

Although Crefovi has extensive, successful litigation experience, the firm’s lawyers recognise the cost, financial reporting, non-public, and temporal benefits of resolving cases short of litigation, and have an acknowledged reputation of devising and negotiating unique resolutions during the administrative process. These talents have been used in substantive matters ranging from complex international and corporate issues, to employee benefit and excise taxes.

Comprehensive expertise in tax controversy

Whether handling an entire controversy or a discrete element, Crefovi has the experience and expertise to achieve optimal results for clients using all available administrative procedures and in the most efficient manner. During the audit process, controversy lawyers regularly assist clients in the following:

  • negotiating the scope of an audit;
  • formulating responses;
  • responding to or contesting summonses;
  • drafting position papers, and
  • obtaining pre-filing agreements, private letter rulings, and technical advice memoranda.

The team also has experience during the administrative appeals process in resolving disputes, as well as in traditional appeals negotiations, mediation, and arbitration.

In litigation, Crefovi’s familiarity with the substantive, procedural and evidentiary rules enables its lawyers to counsel clients as to a coherent and consistent strategy to obtain the desired resolution after a case has been docketed.

A global network

Clients praise Crefovi’s lawyers for their responsiveness & ability to understand the technical, business and legal aspects of each tax controversy matter, and come back, matter after matter, to be advised by them.

While London and Paris based, we routinely work across borders. The vast majority of our engagements are multi-jurisdictional. We are used to working in multinational teams, and rely on our network of specialist lawyers for support in other jurisdictions.

The team has therefore established an extensive international network of tax law contacts, and a close association with other specialist lawyers worldwide. Our history of successes in high profile, politically sensitive matters reflects an ability to act swiftly and with the utmost discretion.

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