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Jon Felce
Recognised as a rising star and for his tactical acumen and technical excellence in particular, Jon’s practice focuses on high-value and complex disputes, enforcement and asset recovery matters for financial institutions, corporate clients, high-net-worth individuals and insolvency practitioners.

Jon is consistently recognised as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ for both civil fraud and banking litigation, as well as being recommended for commercial litigation. He has worked on several multi-jurisdictional enforcement and asset tracing cases, including obtaining freezing orders in England and various European jurisdictions, ground-breaking search orders, novel orders for alternative service and password cracking and disclosure orders against third parties in England and the US. He is also experienced in contentious insolvency and cross-border recognition.

The directories say:

Legal 500

Jon is identified as a ‘key lawyer for civil fraud, banking litigation and commercial litigation’.

In the 2021 edition, Jon is singled out as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ for both civil fraud (for the second successive year and one of only two such Partners) and banking litigation (for the third successive year), and is also recommended as an ‘experienced partner for commercial litigation’. He is described as ‘a rising star’ and ‘a bright young gun with a shrewd mind and calm approach’ who ‘adds a sprinkling of tactical gold-dust where necessary’. He is recognised as ‘technically excellent, tactically savvy and hard-working’ and as having ‘outstanding analytical skills’.

In the 2020 edition, Jon is said to be ‘highly rated’, ‘adept at handling multi-jurisdictional asset tracing cases’ and ‘a sophisticated thinker’. He has also been described as ‘dedicated and thorough’ and ‘a calm and collected presence and the breadth of his legal writing demonstrates that he has a genuine enthusiasm for the law’.

In the press

Jon’s work was highly commended in the Financial Times 2012 Special Report, Innovative Lawyers.

He was also named by one legal publication as its ‘Lawyer in the News’ for obtaining a rare maximum two-year prison sentence for contempt of Court.

Notable experience
  • The case that established the power to grant a search order against a third party (Abela v Fakih).
  • For Bank of Moscow in obtaining a worldwide freezing order in support of, and enforcing, Russian judgments worth £200 million against an exiled oligarch (Bank of Moscow v Chernyakov).
  • For a Chilean liquidator in relation to the first recognition of a Chilean bankruptcy process under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations (Re Alberto Chang Rajii).
  • Advising a commodities trading company in a €225 million fraud claim.
  • A c. USD $350 million dispute between Russian oligarchs about the ownership of a substantial fishing enterprise (Tugushev v Orlov and others).
  • Claims against a fraudulent employee’s family to recover the proceeds of the fraud and ground-breaking claims against the fraudster's banks.
  • For an insolvent Russian bank relating to a £1.34 billion worldwide freezing order and search order in one of Russia’s largest-ever alleged frauds (Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov).
  • For a private equity firm enforcing a €130 million+ arbitral award against a European state, including whether the CJEU’s decision in Achmea offers a defence (PL Holdings v Poland).
  • For victims of authorised push payment frauds, including against the fraudster's bank (IFT v Barclays Bank).
  • For a Qatari company seeking to recover its key electronic assets.
Having graduated with a first-class degree from the University of Cambridge, Jon qualified in 2006. He is a founding committee member of an international community of next generation asset recovery specialists – ThoughtLeaders4 FIREStarters – and is on the organising committee for its Global Summit. Jon has regular speaking engagements about civil fraud, enforcement and commercial disputes and also authors numerous published articles, including as a member of Lexis PSL’s Case Analysis Expert Panel on Dispute Resolution. He is the co-editor of the England and Wales chapter of the book ‘Enforcement of Foreign Judgements’. Jon's professional memberships include the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, the London Solicitors Litigation Association and AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers.
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