Neil Mercer

  • Year of Call 1988

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Neil is the joint head of Chambers and serves as its treasurer. For over 30 years he has been a specialist criminal, regulatory and personal injury  practitioner. He has exceptional experience of both prosecution and defence. Neil undertakes cases of the utmost seriousness in courts, tribunals and the Court of Appeal and appears in Court Martials both in the UK and abroad.

Neil has led on many serious crime cases (both prosecuting and defending), including homicide (especially firearms), serious fraud, including VAT and tax fraud, money laundering, blackmail and large-scale drug importations and is noted for his legal analysis, courtroom presence, grasp of detail and ability to persuade. 

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.

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, waste transfer stations, illegal sites, commercial fly tipping, and polluting water ways.

Neil's work in health and safety and professional regulation, particularly of healthcare  professionals, informs his work for both claimants and respondents in personal injury cases. 

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