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Chris Felton

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Gardner Leader LLP

Work Department

Commercial litigation


Chris is a Partner at Gardner Leader in the Dispute Resolution team. Chris specialises in all aspects of corporate and commercial dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration.

He regularly conducts matters in the Commercial, Chancery & Technology and Construction Courts. Many of his cases have an international dimension.  He has experience of litigating and co-ordinating disputes in a number of different jurisdictions including the US, Canada, China, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Monaco, Switzerland, BVI and Cayman, Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, Former CIS States, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Abu Dhabi.

Chris has significant experience of both domestic and international arbitration in the commodities, financial, engineering, technology and pharmaceutical sectors (LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICC, Swiss Rules, GAFTA and ad hoc).

Chris’ recent work highlights include: bringing/defending actions for breach of directors duties; defending and protecting shareholder rights; corporate trust claims; civil fraud; substantive contempt proceedings; breach of warranty and contractual claims; international trade; investment treaty/bi-lateral trade arbitrations; commodities disputes; competition and anti-trust suits; engineering/product liability actions in the technology and construction courts; public procurement and state aid disputes; intellectual property disputes in relation to patent, copyright and trademark infringement; defamation and malicious falsehood claims; professional negligence claims; and emergency injunctive relief.  Chris has also been appointed by the High Court to act as Supervising Solicitor in relation to search and seize orders.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Felton - Gardner Leader LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Gardner Leader LLP's practice ‘punches well above its weight, providing a very attractive client proposition: City-quality advice at provincial charging rates’. Chris Felton ‘is as able as any City litigator; he has invaluable litigation instincts coupled with great knowledge and experience, especially in international litigation and arbitration’. Felton successfully had claims of around £160,000, which were brought against two clients in their roles as partners in HLM Properties, struck out as an abuse of process. Michelle Di Gioia acted for litigation funder Managed Legal Solutions in respect of a security for costs application valued at £6.8m as part of the Seroxat group litigation, with an outcome which is set to have wide-ranging implications for litigation funders. Clients also include Swynson Limited. Senior associates Hilary Messer and Violetta Falla and associate Andrew Shipp are also noted members of the team. Solicitor Katie Dyson joined the team in January 2018 from Simmons & Simmons, adding her expertise in complex commercial disputes and financial litigation.

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