John Randall

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John Randall QC (born April 26 1956) is a British Barrister from Foxton, Leicestershire.


He attended Jesus College, Cambridge. His legal career began when he was called to the bar in 1978.[1]; commencing practice in 1980, and took silk in 1995[1]

He served as a recorder from 1996 to 2016 and as Deputy High Court Judge from 2000 to 2016[2]. As a co-founding member of St Philips Chambers, Birmingham, in 1998, he is one of their longest-serving barristers. He is also a barrister of both New South Wales, since 1979, and Western Australia, since 2001[1].

His primary practice area is chancery and commercial law, which extends to companies, partnerships, and corporate insolvency[3], regarding solicitors and accountants in particular. He also has experience in professional negligence, including sports law matters, and real property[3], whereby he has advised leading national developers. In addition to an array of well-documented cases, he has been known to undertake common law work, and judicial reviews[4] relating to his typical areas of practice.

His accolades include two Barrister of the Year awards - Birmingham Law Society’s Barrister of the Year award in 2012[5] and Acquisition International’s UK Barrister of the Year in 2013[4] - as well as Lawyer Monthly’s UK Land and Property Barrister of the Year in 2015[6]. Furthermore, he was listed in The Legal 500 in 2016 and 2020[7], and Who’s Who Legal in 2017 and 2019[2]. Chambers and Partners named him as one of their 'Stars at the Bar' in 2020[8], as well as describing him as a 'star individual' in their 2017 UK guide.

Other work[edit]

John Randall trained as a mediator with the ADR Group in 2009, and has assisted clients in a number of mediations[4] and other alternative dispute resolution processes, resolving commercial disputes. He is a bencher of Lincoln's Inn, and has provided expertise in English law for courts in both Ireland and Spain.

He has held numerous teaching positions, primarily in the field of contract law. His experience includes: an adjunct professor at Sydney's University of New South Wales (teaching advanced contracts, advocacy and legal history) and as a senior fellow on the University of Melbourne's Law Masters programme. [2]

Personal Life[edit]

In addition travelling and music, he is an avid follower of Rugby Union and International Cricket, supporting Leicester Tigers and the English national team, respectively.[3]


  • ‘Rethinking the Economic Torts’ (with Professor Simon Deakin, 2009) Modern Law Review: Volume 72 (pages 519-553)
  • 'The Tort of Conversion' (with Professor Sarah Green, 2009), Hart Publishing
  • ‘Express Termination Clauses in Contracts’ (2014) Cambridge Law Journal: Volume 73 (pages 113 - 141)
  • ‘When Louisa Carlill Caught the ‘Flu: Carlill v The Carbolic Smoke Ball Company Co.’ in Cases that Changed our Lives: Volume 2 (by Ian McDougall and James Wilson, 2014), LexisNexis Butterworths
  • ‘England’s Splendid Isolation’ (with Matthew Dyson, 2015) in 'Comparing Tort and Crime': Volume 3 (pages 18 - 72), Cambridge University Press
  • ‘Criminal Convictions and the Civil Courts’ (with Matthew Dyson, 2015), Cambridge Law Journal: Volume 74 (pages 78-108)

External Links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "John Randall QC, UK Bar | Chambers Rankings". Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "John Randall QC". whoswholegal. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "John Randall QC". St Philips. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "John Randall > Chambers of Andrew Smith QC > Birmingham > England | Lawyer Profile". Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  5. "2012 Winners". Birmingham Law Society. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  6. "John Randall QC - Land and Property Barrister of the Year". St Philips. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  7. "Chambers of Andrew Smith QC > Birmingham > England | The Legal 500 law firm profiles". Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  8. "Stars at the Bar - Chambers and Partners". Retrieved 2020-06-01.

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