Nicholas Randall QC - Matrix Chambers
Nicholas Randall QC

Nicholas Randall QC

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

Chambers & Partners 2016
Called: 1990 | Silk: 2013

Nicholas Randall QC practises in the areas of employmentsports 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 practises in all areas of employment law including restrictive covenants and breach of confidence, share schemes, wrongful and unfair dismissal, TUPE and trade union related issues. His clients include blue chip companies, City institutions, trade unions and a number of high profile individuals including Kevin Keegan, Roy Keane, Sir Bobby Robson, David O’Leary, George Graham, Sir Alex Ferguson and Marcus Wareing.

Has acted in several high profile football related disputes including:

Kevin Keegan v. Newcastle United FC

Sir Bobby Robson v. Newcastle United FC

David O’Leary v. Leeds United AFC

George Graham v. Spurs

David Pleat v. Spurs

Colin Todd v. Derby County FC

John Gregory v. Derby County FC

Keith Curle v. Mansfield Town FC

Gary Megson v. WBA FC

David Platt v. Nottingham Forest FC

Nicholas is a member of the FA Disciplinary Tribunal Panel and the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel. He is also regularly appointed to sit as an arbitrator in FA related disputes. He was a member of the FA Premier League appeal panel in the Carlos Tevez case.

As well as representing high profile individuals Nicholas also has a wealth of experience in representing football agents in disputes regarding other agents and clients. He is instructed in the high profile dispute between the Formation Group and its former director Paul Stretford.

He has also acted for the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club in its dispute with the Bradford Bulls and Iestyn Harris.

Acts for members, trustees and trade unions in a broad range of pensions disputes.

Has acted for the Pensions Ombudsman on numerous occasions. Also has experience of insurance issues relating to pensions misselling and associated disciplinary and regulatory matters.

Member of the FA Premier League Panel

Member of the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel

FA Arbitrator


Awards and Scholarships

Chambers UK ‘Employment Junior of the Year’ 2009

St Andrews Comprehensive School, Worthing

London School of Economics LLB (hons)

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"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

"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