Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards 2022

Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2022 TAXATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR How has your practice developed in the 25 years since its founding? CHAPLIN, BÉNÉDICTE & Co has always taken a boutique approach to legal services, and our practice has evolved considerably since we first started 25 years ago. Back then, the European Union was introducing new rules around free movement of capital and trade, and we saw a real need to establish a firm that was solely focused on helping entrepreneurs take advantage of these new opportunities. At first, we specialised in offshore legal services, working mostly with international entrepreneurs who were facing the challenges of globalisation. Our goal was to help smaller businesses access international structuring in the same way that large multinational companies do, but at a cost that was affordable and transparent. Since then, our practice has evolved in many ways. We have stayed true to our boutique approach, but we have expanded our services to meet the needs of our clients. Today, we work with a diverse range of businesses, from start-ups to established multinational corporations, and we help them navigate the complexities of international business operations. We have developed organically over the years by focusing on consistency in our work quality and our approach to our clients’ problems. We understand that the law can be very complex, and the reality of international business operations is even more so, with external factors like technology and compliance algorithms adding new layers of complexity. To be effective in this environment, we believe that it is essential to stay up to date with the latest developments in the legal and business worlds and to be creative in finding alternative solutions for our clients. Whether it is opening a business account in a foreign country, dealing with compliance issues or managing cross-border transactions, we are here to help our clients navigate the challenges of international business. What is your biggest concern for the next 25 years? My biggest concern for the next 25 years is the growing abuse of power by governments and institutions around the world. In my work, I have witnessed a disturbing trend of governments using their authority to violate the rights of individuals and businesses, often with little or no accountability. Co-Founder of CHAPLIN, BÉNÉDICTE & Co Fabien Bénédicte Suant 27 UNITED KINGDOM

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