Nick MacKenzie > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

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Nick is the partner leading the Birmingham education team. He has over 10 years’ experience in the sector and is nationally recognised for his expertise in providing governance and strategic board advice.

In terms of highlights for client wins, during the last year Nick has led our team who pitched for and were appointed by Outwood Grange Academies Trust (nationally recognised MAT) and Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (a leading MAT in the West Midlands who’s CEO has recently being appointed Chair of the Teaching Schools Council). These are both key appointments for the team both nationally and regionally.

Nick has an established network of key individuals and influencers in the sector. He has continued supporting the sector by leading on numerous thought leadership projects. During 2018 Nick led on the launch of our new podcast channel EdInfluence which is aimed at strategic leaders in the sector (available on both Itunes and Podbean). The list of speakers in the first year demonstrates the depth and strength of the network Nick and sector Head, Mark Blois, have in the sector (eg the General Secretaries of both ASCL, NAHT, the Chair of the Teaching School Council, the CEO of Confederation of Schools Trusts and Ian Livingston and innovative and entrepreneur recognised as a leading figure in the UK gaming industry).

Nick has continued to provide strategic board advice to many of our group clients, regularly attending Board meetings to provide advice and guidance and supports board strategy events and horizon-scanning events. He has also extensively written guidance on governance, academy groups and school collaboration for ASCL, NGA, FASNA and ISBL.


Qualified 2003; Anthony Collins Solicitors 2003-07; Browne Jacobson 2007 to date; partner 2012. Director Arden Academy.


Oxford Brookes University (1996 LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

(Leading individuals)

Nick MacKenzieBrowne Jacobson LLP

With exceptional strength in depth and broad legal expertise, Browne Jacobson LLP focuses on providing ‘robust‘ advice to academies, schools and local authorities on property law, governance, data protection, school and student relationships and employment matters. Highly regarded Birmingham team head Nick MacKenzie is an ‘absolute industry expert‘ on all education-related issues, while the ‘highly experiencedRichard Freeth handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work, including admissions, exclusions, discrimination claims and judicial reviews. Helen Badger handles all employment-related matters.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Browne Jacobson LLP ‘epitomises the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and is simply exceptional’ in its delivery of a diverse range of education expertise to its large client base. Led by Nottingham-based Mark Blois, the team is skilled in handling complex merger and restructuring matters, offering tailored and strategic advice to schools and academies, and representing clients in litigation proceedings. Core members of the team include the ‘amazing’ Julia GreenNick MacKenzie, who is recommended for corporate and governance matters; Richard Freeth; and Adrian Shardlow.