Nicholas Johnson

Nicholas Johnson

Head of Legal Advice Centre

Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Law School staff


Senior Lecturer and Pro Bono Director

Nick Johnson joined Nottingham Law School in 2001 and teaches on the LLB and LPC. He taught Property Law and Practice for a number of years but his teaching is now focussed on Constitutional, Administrative and Public Law, including Human Rights.

Nick is responsible for Clinical Legal Education and the Pro Bono offering at the law school and is a member of the Nottingham Law School Centre for Legal Education. Nick has overall responsibility for the Pro Bono projects which are run within the law school which include the Legal Advice Clinic, the Innocence Project, Free Representation Unit and the Streetlaw programme. As a practising solicitor, Nick supervises cases in the Clinic and works on cases as part of the Innocence Project.

He also works closely with local firms, advice agencies and voluntary sector organisations and schools to develop Pro Bono opportunities for Nottingham Law School students.

Career overview

Nick worked for Lewis Silkin solicitors for nearly 10 years, qualifying there in 1993. He handled a variety of commercial property matters including leases, development work and planning. He also dealt with housing and immigration matters.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, Nick worked in public management and administration for a local education authority and for the NHS.

Research areas

Nick is a member of the Centre for Legal Education. His research interests include Clinical Legal Education, the Legal Profession and aspects of trial process. He has written and published on human rights, housing and property law.

External activity

  • Part-time (fee paid) Judge, First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber since 2011.
  • Trustee – Nottingham Law centre since 2005
  • Board Member – Advice Nottingham since 2012

Sponsors and collaborators

Nick works extensively with law firms and advice agencies to provide opportunities for students to work outside of the law school and to engage local practitioners in working with our own pro bono projects. With his colleague, Stephanie Wright, the Clinic Solicitor and Supervisor, Nick works with the London-based charity, Free Representation Unit, to provide student representation in the Employment Tribunal. Nick is the director of the Law School’s Innocence Project, which works with the Innocence Network UK.

Nick is also an active member of the UK Clinical Legal Education Organisation, a national group which aims to further and support the development of Clinical Legal Education in UK Law Schools. Nick works in collaboration with several NGOs including Amicus-alj and a Human Rights NGO in Kerala, Jananeethi, with whom students are placed on internships.