Geoffrey Richards


Geoffrey Richards

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  • Chambers & Partners 2013


Trained at Farrer & Co; qualified in 1972; made a partner in 1979; founded the firm’s employment law practice in the 1970’s; former president of the Labour Law Commission of the UIA (International Association of Lawyers).


Corpus Christi College, Oxford (MA).


Industrial Law Society; Employment Lawyers Association; European Employment Lawyers Association; UIA (International Association of Lawyers)

Geoffrey Richards is the founding member of the firm's employment practice. With more than 30 years' experience in the field, sources confirm that they have great faith in his 'excellent judgement.'

Chambers & Partners

Geoffrey is the senior member of Farrer & Co’s Employment Law Team, which he created, and was a partner in the firm until April 2014 and is now a Consultant.  He has practised in the labour/employment law field for 35+ years, not least in the media and banking sectors.  He generally acts for employers, but sometimes for senior executives, including those in listed companies.

He played a significant role in the revolution in labour relations in the UK national newspaper industry in the 1980s and 1990s, and continues to have a particular interest in collective issues, including recognition and derecognition.  His cases include the House of Lords decision in Wilson –v- Associated Newspapers Limited (which deals with the border between individual and collective trade union rights) and News Group Newspapers Limited –v- SOGAT ’82 (a leading case on mass picketing). 

He has been a Director of Legal Projects and President of the Labour Law Commission of the UIA and is a member of various employment law bodies, including the Industrial Law Society.  In addition to his employment law practice, he does a certain amount of corporate/commercial and private client work.