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

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for a large number of high-profile clients across the private and public sectors and has a strong track record of work on many complex corporate deals and projects. It has a large health sector employment team. David Mills heads the department. Jog Hundle has a strong reputation for her work in the health and care sectors. Nick Abbott is highly regarded for his expertise in the universities/higher education sectors as well as further education and multi-academy trusts. Richard Santy is recommended for his experience in the commercial and sports arena and conducts his own advocacy in the employment tribunal. Richard Barker was promoted to the partnership.

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

(Leading individuals)

Nick AbbottMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a varied client base, which includes major universities, further education colleges, multi-academy trusts, schools and public sector bodies. Its range of work encompasses advising clients on student accommodation projects, Brexit-related issues and regulatory matters including those relating to the Higher Education & Research Act. Nick Abbott has over two decades of experience in the education sector and focuses primarily on complex employment matters including industrial disputes, TUPE transfers and major reorganisations. Richard Sykes, who leads the practice alongside Abbott, specialises in liability and compliance matters; he also has a wealth of experience in equality and data protection matters.