Nick Abbott > Mills & Reeve LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
B3 2AB

Work Department

Employment and education.


Nick has specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor and works exclusively with universities, further education colleges and academies. Nick leads Mills & Reeve’s higher education practice in the West Midlands and is head of Mills & Reeve’s further education group. Nick’s recent work has included advising a number of universities in relation to equal pay challenges; advising a university on the practical management of industrial action arising from a national pay dispute; advising a number of further education college groups on the organisation of staff within federations and using shared services; advising on a number of mergers between further education colleges; advising universities, further education colleges and academies on the removal of senior staff, including the use of university Statutes; advising various universities on employment issues arising from international collaborations; advising universities, further education colleges and academies on the practical management of reorganisations and compulsory redundancies; successfully defending complex Employment Tribunal claims, including those involving disability discrimination, race discrimination, whistleblowing and claims made by trade union representatives in relation to their status; advising on the conversion of over 140 schools to academies; advising on retirement and age discrimination; advising on the management and dismissal of staff with poor performance or long-term sickness.


Trainee solicitor Mills & Reeve 1992-94; solicitor 1994-2000; associate 2000-04; partner 2004 to date.




Employment Lawyers Association.


Wymondham College, Norfolk; King’s College London (1991 LLB Law Hons).


Skiing, hill walking and orienteering.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Employment > Employment

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP acts for an array of high-profile clients across the private and the public sectors. It has acted in many complex employment disputes and has provided employment support on numerous corporate deals. Jog Hundle has an excellent reputation for her work in the health and care sectors whereas Nick Abbott  is known for his work with clients in the education field. Richard Santy has a primary focus on the commercial and sports arena. Richard Barker is adept at advising private sector employers with a particular focus on the automotive, retail and financial services sector.

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

(Leading individuals)

Nick AbbottMills & Reeve LLP

The varied client base at Mills & Reeve LLP includes major universities, further education colleges, multi-academy trusts, schools and public sector bodies. The team advises on a wide range of matters, such as acquisitions, finance, research misconduct, pensions, charity law, student union issues and freedom of information. Nick Abbott is an experienced employment lawyer who advises on issues including discrimination claims and large scale reorganisations. He co-leads the team with Richard Sykes , who advises education institutions on public and administrative law, education disputes and information governance. Christian Bull  is real estate education lawyer whose experience extends to acquisitions and disposals, leasebacks, due diligence, shared services and student accommodation. Principal associate Helen Tringham is another important name who specialises in public law and data protection matters.