Exclusive: Chris Farnell terminated as Charlton’s club solicitor

Chris Farnell has been terminated as Charlton’s club solicitor.

The South London Press understands that Farnell, who was initially appointed by Tahnoon Nimer as a boardroom battle kicked off with Matt Southall and Jonathan Heller, is no longer representing the South Londoners.

Farnell arrived in SE7 in March and claimed he was only temporarily made a director of East Street Investments in order to help in the running of the club.

He was removed as a director of ESI on Friday – the same day that the EFL declined to approve three individuals who had applied for the Owners’ and Directors’ Test (OADT).

The trio had 14 days to appeal the decision and earlier this week Farnell was working on doing that for two of the people. It is not clear yet how his removal for his position has affected that.

Farnell issued a statement to the South London Press: “I have been informed by one of the club’s directors that my relationship with Charlton Athletic FC has been brought to an end. It was always my intention to provide Charlton Athletic FC with legal assistance and advice in my capacity as a lawyer, for a short period. I was never a director or owner of the football club, nor was I ever intending to be.

“Once it became clear that one of the consequences of the boardroom dispute at Charlton Athletic FC was it’s likely expulsion from the Football League, I focused my efforts on trying to facilitate the orderly running of the club as best I could in what were very challenging circumstances.

“The significant work undertaken, against the back drop of intense speculation, much of which was inaccurate and misinformed, I believe greatly improves the prospects of Charlton Athletic FC remaining in the EFL.  I sincerely hope this is the case and the fans get the stability and success they and their club deserve. I wish them all the best.”

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