Nicholas Stewart QC

Honorary Professor

Nick Stewart’s early education included happy years in Leicester at Avenue Junior School and Wyggeston Boys’ School. He won an Open Exhibition to Worcester College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1971 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel on his 40th birthday, Maundy Thursday 1987. He practised until 2020 mainly in the Chancery Division, where he has been a Deputy High Court Judge since 1991, and now works as an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator in commercial and sporting disputes.

Alongside his commercial and Chancery practice, as counsel he developed an enjoyable niche practice in sport and is now an active arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, and an experienced member of the Appeal Board Chairman Panel of the Football Association.

He is a former chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and has been on human rights missions to Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Turkey and for Article XIX on trial observation in Croatia. Between 2004 and 2006 he acted as lead defence counsel for the Bosnian Serb leader Momcilo Krajišnik at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Nick is a co-author of Stewart, Campbell & Baughen, The Law of Unincorporated Associations (Oxford University Press, 2011)

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