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

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Nick is an education lawyer, executive coach and a member of the firm’s board. Recognised as a leading expert in education by The Legal 500 and Chambers for over 10 years, Nick specialises in corporate and governance advice in the education sector.

He has significant experience of advising executive teams and boards in the social housing, corporate and, for well over 10 years, education sectors.

Nick works with boards and executive teams to help them navigate the landscape together with helping them spot and take opportunities. He is regularly used by education clients as an external sounding board on strategic issues, using his expertise to make the complex simple. His clients include some of the largest school trusts in the country.

Over the last 10 years, Nick has contributed regularly to the debate on key issues impacting the sector. He also has excellent relationships with sector bodies such ASCL, CST and NGA regularly speaking at their conferences and collaborating on joint projects.

Nick was invited to join the board of the Foundation for Education Development, a CIC established to promote a long-term plan for education in England. Its work involves bringing together policy influencers from education, business, politics and beyond.


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

The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP is capable of advising a variety of clients, ranging from independent schools to local authorities, on legal and HR issues; the practice is led by Nick MacKenzie, who has significant experience of providing governance and strategic board advice, among other areas and key contact Richard Freeth leads the pastoral/advisory practice, addressing issues such as admissions and exclusions, to name a few. Lydia Michaelson-Yeates specialises in governance matters, and routinely handles projects, mergers and restructures, as well as general commercial issues. ‘Standout’ associate Philip Wood further bolsters the practice, with considerable experience of advising schools on discrimination and issues related to the Equality Act, while Hayley O’Sullivan has particular expertise in exclusions, parental complaint investigations and equality issues.