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Nicholas Randall QC practises in the areas of employment, sports and pensions law and he is recognised by both of the principal legal directories as a leading practitioner in all three of these fields. He has experience of all aspects of employment law and has a client list that includes high profile individuals, banks and other financial institutions, trade unions and blue chip companies. He has been ranked in the first tier of the legal directories for employment work for many years.

His sports work is primarily focused on football, cricket and rugby related matters. His clients include Kevin Keegan, Sir Bobby Robson, Roy Keane, David O’Leary, Wayne Rooney, the FA Premier League, the ECB, the Leeds Rhinos and many others. He regularly sits as an FA Arbitrator and is a member of the FA Premier League Panel. Nicholas also has expertise in the field of pensions work. He is regularly instructed by members, trade unions, employers and trustees as well as the Pension Ombudsman. He has a special expertise in public sector pensions litigation and advice including the interaction between pension entitlements and human rights in the context of proceedings for judicial review.

Nicholas accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.


“He is very clever and gets straight to the nub of the issues.”

“A real team player and a very good advocate, with excellent knowledge of the football industry.”

Legal 500 2015

“Regularly advises clients in the financial services sector on their most high-value and business-sensitive matters.”

“He is a great advocate” who “”is impressive with clients and works hard to get good results.”

“He’s the real deal – if you’ve got a nasty, difficult problem he can come in and put people at ease.”

“He has a tremendous calm about him. He is wholly unflappable and has a gentle charm about him. He has a down-to-earth, realistic approach that works well in the sports world.”

“He has a deceptively easy-going manner, but is a very good cross-examiner.”

“He understands the business of sport and is a very astute and impressive advocate.”

“He has a particular strength in knowing how to put his client’s case in a way that the particular arbitrator will appreciate.”

Chambers & Partners