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.
Chambers UK 2019 reports that he is a "a standout junior who specialises in family finance with a significant focus on complex ancillary relief. He is well versed in dealing with high-value settlements, tax considerations, family businesses and farming cases." A source said that he is "Personable and extremely knowledgeable. His accurate, logical analysis of matters allows for meaningful negotiations. Clients are always reassured by the calibre of his advice."
Previous editions have included comments such as "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," 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 2018 recommends him as a leading junior saying that "he is extremely bright and gets to the crux of a case," with earlier editions confirming that he is "recommended for complex financial remedy cases," and 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."
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.