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Oliver Felton, Legal Director, Dispute Resolution

Oliver Felton


Personal Profile

Oli is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department. With around 15 years of experience in advising on complex, multi-jurisdictional, and high value disputes, Oli often focuses on civil fraud, investigations, and asset tracing. He is accustomed to applying for and obtaining injunctive relief in order to secure assets for his clients' claims. A significant amount of Oli's work involves disputes conducted either fully or in part outside the UK, including in the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, USA, and common-law offshore financial centres. 

Oli's particular strengths lie in finding solutions to difficult factual and technical scenarios. He uses his deep knowledge and expertise of English-law procedure to help his clients gain the tactical advantage in litigation; and has particular expertise in cases involving jurisdictional issues including overlapping arbitrations, and cross-border enforcement. He is quoted in the Legal 500 as "an outstanding solicitor. He is diligent, proactive and resourceful, and his commitment to excellence is unflinching, even in the most complex matters. He consistently seeks to go ‘the extra mile’ for his clients, offering them an unmatchable level of client care".

His practice covers a broad range of litigation, including breach of contract/covenants, misrepresentation/deceit claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, misappropriation of funds, investment and invoicing scams, trust disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, data theft, derivative claims, and third-party litigation financing and costs orders. Oli also has experience of appeals, including in the Privy Council.

Whilst Oli's practice is non-sector specific, Oli has a particular interest, and experience, in both the traditional and renewable energy sectors, as well as in helping companies to build and develop their businesses. Oli has also acted for a variety of clients in the digital space, including a leading cryptocurrency trading firm, an NFT studio, and a cryptocurrency-led marketing agency.

Oli's clients also include high net-worth/high-profile individuals; global institutions; engineering and energy companies; and publicly listed companies. He has achieved landmark decisions in three separate areas of law and acted on a number of the largest claims brought before the English Commercial Court at their time.

Oli is the Founder and Chair of the firm's Disability Equity Committee and is heavily involved in the firm's recruitment of Trainee Solicitors.

Key Experience

  • Acting for one of the world's largest steel manufacturers in a complex conspiracy claim as  part of multi-jurisdictional investigations and injunctive proceedings relating to enforcement of a $1.5 billion arbitration award.
  • Acting in a multi-jurisdictional $600million unlawful means conspiracy shareholder dispute, relating to a global construction company, involving an overlapping arbitration and successfully obtaining an anti-suit injunction.
  • Acting for a preeminent cryptocurrency trading firm in the context of the $40bn collapse of Terraform Labs.
  • Defending a prominent ultra-high net worth individual in a multi-jurisdictional fraudulent misrepresentation claim relating to a cryptocurrency enterprise.
  • Coordinating proceedings and investigations on behalf of fund managers relating to misappropriation of sums in excess of $200million, involving injunctive relief and a number of jurisdictions.
  • Representing an ultra-high net worth individual involved in a $500 million complex and multi-jurisdictional shareholder fraud in the financial sector involving intimidation and duress.
  • Acting for a renowned Swiss oil trading firm successfully in an enquiry as to damages under a cross-undertaking, following a three-week trial, and involving complex questions of Russian law.
  • Acting for an entrepreneur facing allegations of bribery, anti-competitive behaviour, and prosecution, following the sale of a number of his companies to a major management consultancy.
  • Acting for one of the world's largest price reporting agencies in a variety of matters, including breach of covenant claims, and successfully discharging an injunction preventing the publication of alleged confidential information.
  • Acting for a major US paper company in a $1bn multi-party contract dispute relating to pollution in a river, involving English, New York and Delaware law, a related New York Arbitration, and separate dividend recovery proceedings.
  • Acting for an energy projects company in multi-jurisdictional, multi-discipline proceedings (litigations in Australia, The Bahamas, BVI, England, Colorado and Switzerland and an arbitration in London) relating to a share dispute involving breach of duty, conspiracy, fraud and negligence.
  • Acting against a variety of manufacturers for breach of contract and successful repatriation of materials held against clients' wishes.
  • Acting for a high-profile individual against a well-known celebrity in a multi-jurisdictional partnership dispute, widely reported in the UK and international press.
  • Acting for a prominent waste-to energy company in relation to a fraud by a shareholder on the company and its investor-shareholders.
  • Acting for a well-known data and analytics company against its former CEO in relation to allegations of fraud.
  • Civil freezing, search and disclosure applications, as well as using US-based discovery applications in English proceedings.
  • Providing strategic advice on asset protection structures and their risk exposure to attack.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, DLA Piper UK LLP
Trainee Solicitor, DLA Piper UK LLP
The College of Law, Legal Practice Course
University of Sussex, Law LLB (OUP Law Student of the Year)

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