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Nigel Mackay is absolutely amazing – Legal 500 2020
Nigel Mackay is 'very impressive – Legal 500 2018

Nigel Mackay is a senior employment and discrimination lawyer.

Nigel has a wealth of experience advising clients on their issues at work, with particular expertise in representing senior executives in a broad range of sectors, including financial services, law, the media and retail. 

Nigel has a formidable reputation for his tenacious approach, leaving no stone unturned to get the best possible results for his clients, many of whom go on to recommend him to their own colleagues and contacts. Nigel’s clients value his tactical knowledge, fighting spirit and supportive but frank advice.

Nigel advises employees and senior executives on the whole range of employment issues, including severances, bonus claims, discrimination issues and restrictive covenants, as well as regularly bringing proceedings on behalf of clients in the courts and employment tribunals. Nigel frequently secures six and seven figure settlements for his clients.

Nigel also represents low paid and exploited workers in the gig economy and on zero hours contracts. Nigel acted for Uber drivers and the GMB trade union in their stunning employment tribunal victory against Uber, where it was decided that Uber drivers should be entitled to workers’ rights such as holiday pay and national minimum wage. Nigel was nominated for the Solicitors Journal Legal Personality of the Year Award 2017 in recognition of his work on this case.

This widely reported landmark decision is at the forefront of recent cases involving gig economy workers and Nigel and his team also represent Deliveroo riders and online retail couriers. 

Nigel’s other recent experience whilst at Leigh Day includes:  

  • representing a senior HR executive in a long running disability discrimination claim in the employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal, resulting in a six figure award for the client
  • acting for a senior lawyer in a high-value breach of contract claim against her former employer, a magic circle firm
  • representing a public sector employee in disability discrimination proceedings in the employment tribunal 
  • advising a HR Director in complex severance negotiations resulting in a seven figure settlement 
  • representing a senior IT executive in an ongoing race discrimination claim in the employment tribunal
  • representing an airline pilot in an ongoing complex whistleblowing claim 
  • acting for a solicitor in the Court of Appeal in an age discrimination claim

Unlike many claimant lawyers, Nigel has the advantage of having obtained the commercial experience and understanding that comes from acting for global corporate clients while working for a major City firm.  

Nigel is regularly asked to speak at meetings and seminars both in the UK and abroad on a variety of employment law issues. 

What clients say about Nigel

"As an HR person I have worked with several lawyers but none so fabulous as Nigel. He is great technically of course but his manner and the support are also brilliant."

"He was caring and compassionate, and expressed the necessary outrage when needed, but was also a top-notch lawyer. His advice was always very practical and he did an excellent job of keeping me, as the client, involved."

Nigel Mackay in the news


  • Legal 500 2019 Recommended lawyer

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