Lydia Michaelson-Yeates > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
B2 4BU

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Lydia specialises in governance, academy projects, mergers and restructures together with general commercial advice to our education clients. Lydia has worked closely with Nick MacKenzie for over nine years and is developing a strong reputation with the team’s clients as a ‘trusted advisor’ and a key member of the education team.

Lydia’s background as a corporate and commercial lawyer with considerable experience of transactional work means she is well placed to advise our clients on collaborative working and projects. Lydia has extensive experience with conversions and academy projects, leading particularly on academy transfers and complex rebrokered projects.  Lydia has supported various academy trusts on high profile rebrokered transfers from the early stages of undertaking due diligence to negotiating and finalising the terms of the commercial transfer agreements. Lydia has supported clients on the nuances of rebrokered transfers both from a legal and practical perspective.  Lydia also advised on the first wave of sixth form college academisation projects including leading on specific advice relating to consultation requirements under the legislative framework. In addition to advising within the academies sector Lydia also supports on school collaborations and partnerships, including advising on the School Company Regulations and incorporating school companies or preparing service level agreements for support and collaborative arrangements between schools together with advising on trading companies and assisting with the documentation to support academy trusts with any commercial trading arrangements .

Lydia also takes a keen interest in supporting and advising clients on governance matters and is building key relationships with senior leaders and boards as their trusted advisor on governance, in addition to preparing governance documentation to support clients with their arrangements as the academies sector matures.


  • Irwin Mitchell Solicitors – 2009 – 2012
  • BPE Solicitors – 2007 – 2009
  • Heatons Solicitors – 2004 – 2007


  • Solicitor – admitted April 2006
  • LPC 
  • LLB 

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

(Rising stars)

Lydia Michaelson-YeatesBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s ‘first class’ education team offers a comprehensive practice with a strong focus on higher education in the West Midlands and across the UK. The team is known for being deft with complex, political and media-sensitive issues. Nick MacKenzie leads the team, acting as a key contact for many of the firm’s significant clients. He has a wealth of experience in advising executives, chairs and trustees in relation to governance and strategic projects. Richard Freeth leads the national education team’s advisory practice and supports schools on a range of issues including admission arrangements, Equality Act issues, clerking appeals and parental complaints. Helen Badger  has expertise in employment law matters affecting education. Associates Lydia Michaelson-Yeates and Hayley O’Sullivan are key members of the team. Senior associate Philip Wood is experienced in advising school and academies on issues relating to the Equality Act.