Randall is a trusted advisor and advocate for leading Canadian and global companies on all aspects of competition law and the federal regulation of business, with a focus on contentious matters before the Canadian Competition Bureau and Competition Tribunal, as well as before all levels of Canadian courts and federal administrative tribunals.
Randall is one of the most sought-after and experienced competition lawyers in Canada. He brings to Blakes clients both his private-sector and public-sector experience, most recently serving as General Counsel and Senior Enforcement Advisor, Competition Bureau Legal Services.
As General Counsel and Senior Enforcement Advisor over 2018-19, Randall played a lead counsel role in numerous high-profile enforcement matters related to mergers, abuse of dominance, and deceptive marketing, in addition to a senior advisory role in (criminal) cartel matters. As a member of the Bureau’s Senior Management Committee and Policy and Procedures Committee, Randall played an active role in the development of the Bureau’s strategic plans and priorities under Commissioner Boswell, as well as a leading role in the Bureau’s external policies related to merger efficiencies, immunity and leniency, market studies, intellectual property, abuse of dominance and competitor collaborations and the Bureau’s internal policies related to public interest privilege, expert witnesses, documentary discovery and subpoena applications. Randall also played a lead counsel role in the negotiation of numerous memoranda of understanding between the Bureau and other Canadian law enforcement or regulatory agencies and, at an international level, with respect to the International Competition Network Framework for Competition Agency Procedures (CAP) and other multilateral enforcement cooperation agreements.
During his time as Special Counsel to the Commissioner of Competition in 2005-06, in addition to litigating major cases, Randall was also responsible for legislative/policy reform initiatives relating to abuse of dominance, cartels, intellectual property, price maintenance, regulated conduct, and litigation procedures, some of which resulted in major amendments to the Competition Act (Act), Bureau policies and Competition Tribunal procedures still in place today.
Randall has litigated many of Canada’s most high-profile Competition Act cases. These include the first abuse of dominance case to reach the Supreme Court of Canada, the only Federal Court of Appeal decision to address patents under the Act, the only (civil) price maintenance case, the first case considering the Act’s competitor collaboration provisions, the only appellate level case on the application of the Act’s cartel provisions to agreements between purchasers of goods or services, the only Competition Tribunal case to address the Regulated Conduct Doctrine, and numerous cases developing standards for cartel prosecutions and class-action certification and defences in the cartel context.