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

Nigel Mackay is a leading employment and discrimination lawyer.

Nigel’s practice has two key areas of focus: representing senior executives and professionals and acting on individual and group employee rights and trade union claims. The diversity of Nigel’s client base means that he brings unique expertise to each area of practice.

Senior executives and professionals

Nigel has particular expertise in advising board members, senior executives and other professionals relating to their employment issues. 

This includes advising clients on their employment contracts, restrictive covenants and bonus issues, including representing them in disputes in the High Court, as well as acting in high profile discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the employment tribunal. Nigel regularly advises senior executives in complex and high value severance negotiations. 

Nigel’s clients come from the whole range of industry sectors, including:


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. 

Employee rights and trade union claims

Nigel has been at the forefront of some of the most important recent cases brought on behalf of workers and trade union clients.

These include representing Uber drivers and the GMB trade union in their stunning employment tribunal victory against Uber, where it was decided that Uber drivers were entitled to rights such as holiday pay and National Minimum Wage. Most recently this case was heard in the Court of Appeal, where Nigel’s clients were again successful in challenging Uber’s appeal. The case will be heard in the Supreme Court in 2020.

As well this, Nigel represents other groups of workers in the gig economy, including couriers and drivers working for a number of well-known gig economy operators.

Nigel is the lead author of the book Employment Law and the Gig Economy, a principal legal text in this area.

Nigel also represents a large and growing group of teachers who are bringing discrimination claims against the Government relating to changes made to teachers’ pensions, where younger teachers were treated less favourably than their older colleagues.

Nigel is a recognised expert in employment law, and 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."

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Accreditations

  • Legal 500 2019 Recommended lawyer

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