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

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Nick leads the education team on corporate and governance matters. He is also a member of the firm’s Board. He is nationally recognised for his expertise and has significant experience of advising executive teams and boards in the social housing, corporate and, for over 10 years, education sectors across a wide range of issues. He is regularly used by clients’ executive teams and boards as an external ‘sounding board’.

Nick provides strategic input to clients through his work on option appraisal projects, horizon scanning presentations and inputs into board strategy days. Clients comment   “Nick is a strategic thinker and an experienced lawyer, but above all he is a problem solver”.

Nick has contributed regularly to the debate on key issues impacting the sector. In 2012 he led the Browne Jacobson team that commissioned Ipsos Mori to undertake a survey on the use of academy freedoms by the early academy convertors and has subsequently led on a number of projects including exploring a ten year vision for accountability, regulation and leadership in the school system and more recently publishing “Beyond system design – addressing the operational leadership challenges”. More recently Nick also helped the firm launch our podcast channel #EdInfluence which is aimed at strategic leaders in the sector.

Over the years Nick has been a Teach First coach for their Year 2 participants and trustee of a number of academy trusts. In recognition of his profile Nick was invited to join the board of the Foundation for Education Development (, a new 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

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s ‘very knowledgeable team’ has a comprehensive practice throughout the education sector, which encompasses employment law, admissions policies, commercial agreements and safeguarding matters. ‘Trusted counsel’ Nick MacKenzie stands our for his wealth of experience advising executives, chairs and trustees in relation to governance and strategic projects; recently, he advised numerous clients on academy transfers, including Thrive Education Partnership and Core Education Trust. Richard Freeth assists schools with various matters, including admissions, behaviour and exclusion issues, Equality Act matters and parental and pupil issues. Helen Badger has expertise in employment law matters affecting the education sector, including whistleblowing, TUPE and equal pay mandates and exit strategies. Associate Lydia Michaelson-Yeates is noted for her strong track record in governance and general commercial agreements in the academies space, while associate Hayley O’Sullivan stands out for her expertise in exclusions and equality issues affecting schools and multi-academy trusts.