Year of Call: 1998
Clerk: Lesley Haikney
An experienced barrister, Christopher Felstead specialises in family law with a specific focus on heavy ancillary relief; particularly family businesses, farming and trusts and cases involving multi-million pound settlements and complex valuations. He sits as a Recorder in criminal and family cases on the Wales & Chester Circuit.
His directory recommendations include Chambers UK 2017 which reports one commentator stating "He is my first choice in Cardiff for his robust style and firm but fair approach." "A very good finance practitioner who is very focused and organised."
The 2016 edition says that "he is emerging as one of the leading junior barristers on the circuit for financial disputes, and is typically instructed on cases involving high-value business and commercial assets. He is noted as a highly proficient advocate who is adept at understanding and interpreting complex financial arrangements." Amongst his strengths are that he "grasps a case so quickly and in such a proactive way that he adds an extra level of service and value. He is financially astute and commercial and gets to the crux of a case very quickly."
The Legal 500 2016 confirms that "he specialises in finance cases involving businesses and trusts" whilst the previous edition says that "his strengths lie in complex financial remedy cases involving business issues and trusts."
He was recommended by The Legal 500 2014 as "a specialist in financial remedy" and also for family work by Chambers UK 2015 which reports that he "practises predominantly on substantial financial remedy cases...and demonstrates particular expertise in multifaceted, complex ancillary relief issues." He is applauded for his "adept handling of particularly challenging high-value financial matters." Chambers UK goes on to say that "he has sound judgement and a quick brain. He's very analytical and good at grasping the issues of a case."
Recent cases he has been instructed in include disputes involving:
- Offshore Trusts (Jersey and BVI) and Discretionary Trusts
- Complicated Pensions arrangements including Pensions Sharing and Public Sector schemes
- Marital debts and non-matrimonial assets
- Third Party Intervenors
- Arguments about the liquidity, value or sale of businesses
- A multi-million pounds pre-marriage acquired assets case following a high-profile company flotation
- Realising settlements from disputes involving complicated tax issues
Christopher was educated at Leicester Grammar School before going on to study law at Cardiff University. He is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.