Neil Mercer

  • Year of Call 1988



Neil is the joint head of Chambers and serves as its treasurer. For over 30 years he has been a specialist criminal, family, regulatory and personal injury practitioner.

Neil is noted for the thoroughness of his approach, his handling of clients and witnesses and presence in Court.

Neil has led in many serious crime cases (both prosecuting and defending), including homicide (especially firearms), serious fraud, including VAT and tax fraud, money laundering, blackmail, rape and historic sexual abuse and large-scale drug importations. He is a grade 3 prosecutor on the general list, and grade 4 on the specialist fraud panel and grade 4 on the serious crime group.

Neil is in demand to provide pre-charge advice and is happy to advise on cases from an early stage, for both the defence and prosecution.

He also practises in family law, representing both local authorities and parents in public law cases, including serious NAI cases, up to the High Court and Court of Appeal. He represented parents in private law cases and is often able to broker settlements were they appeared to be impossible. He is skilled at handling complex factual situations and expert witnesses. 

Neil also advises parties in ancillary relief cases, particularly were a forensic analysis of the other spouse’s financial affairs is required.

Neil has appeared in child abductions, both here in the UK and represented parents in Hague Convention applications.

Neil has earned a particular reputation in health and safety cases, defending accidents at work including fatal accidents and manslaughter by gross negligence. He is in demand for his environmental work. Neil has prosecuted and defended cases in all courts up to the Court of Appeal involving waste, water pollution, breach of licence conditions at landfill sites, waste transfer stations, illegal sites, commercial fly tipping, and polluting water ways.

Neil is often instructed in professional regulation, particularly the defence of healthcare professionals, he has also represented and advised solicitors facing disciplinary charges.

He acts for both claimants and respondents in personal injury cases, usually relating to RTA’s.

Neil is a lead tutor in ethics and advocacy for Lincoln's Inn. He has completed vulnerable witness training.  




Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Op Mercury

Prosecuting for a local authority misconduct in a public office, fraud and money laundering, complex case. Led another member of chambers. Over 40,000 pages of evidence. Case revolved around senior engineer sub-contracting work to his own firm behind a web of companies.

Op Strike

Prosecuting for a local authority, leading another member of chambers. Multi-handed case involving a complex fraud involving domestic and business rates being manipulated by an employee and her criminal associates.

Op Red Rose

Prosecuting with Ben Aina QC. Multi-handed gang double shooting, one fatal. Extensive CCTV evidence and other forensic evidence.

Op Viscount 2

Prosecuting with Ben Aina QC. Multi-handed involving conflict between two groups involving swords, shotguns and baseball bats with one fatality.

R v C

Manslaughter, unusual facts, extensive harassment stalking by man of ex-girlfriend, leading to her suicide.

R v O

False imprisonment and GBH, where defendant imprisoned and severely beat two women, in two separate incidents.

R v T

Multi-handed fraud involving pharmacists and managers at a well known high street chemists stealing large amount of drugs and with complex manipulation of the system.

R v P

Manslaughter by gross negligence, fatal accident at a garage in which a fire led to the death of an apprentice.

R v M

Court Marshall, allegation of theft of equipment being shipped back to UK for defendant's own use.

R v P

Rape of granddaughter by grandfather. Child was seven years old  when giving evidence.

R v R

Blackmail and assault, woman blackmailed by ex-partner, threatened to reveal their relationship to her parents.

R v G

Possession of firearm, loaded and ready to use, major police operation against a gang "armourer".

R v H

Money laundering, "hawala banker". Large-scale operation.



Joint Head of Chambers and Treasurer
Master of the Bench,  Lincoln's Inn



Criminal Bar Association
Denning Society
South Eastern Circuit



"Neil is a highly proficient advocate, ...operating at the top of his game" - Recent solicitor comment


Direct Access

Direct Access

Neil is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Neil on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at