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

Browne Jacobson LLP
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103 Colmore Row
B3 3AG

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Lydia specialises in governance, academy projects, mergers and restructures together with general commercial advice to our education clients. Lydia has 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

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.