John Merry.

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Recommendations

Recommendations

John is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500. He is also ranked in the 2024 edition of Chambers UK in Band 3 for the West Midlands.

Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer
Chambers UK 2024 John Merry
Profile / Experience

Profile / Experience

John acts for employers of all sizes from small businesses to large national and international concerns, including in relation to business transfers, the preparation of contracts of employment, effecting dismissals and conducting in-house training.

John joined Lanyon Bowdler in 1997 as a trainee solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in 1999 specialising in employment law. He became a partner in the firm in 2003, and was appointed senior partner in 2022. John is head of the Employment Department and a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

John provided detailed input to the NFU in relation to its national strategy for advising farmers and growers following the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board in England. He is the firm’s lead adviser to employers in the sector, including in relation to the application of the agricultural minimum wage legislation in Wales, and in relation to our existing panel membership is a trusted first port of call to NFU Group Secretaries in seeking guidance on behalf of their members.

In Derrick Cyffin Jones t/a The Barley Mow Public House v Beardmore EAT/0392/09, John appeared as advocate in the EAT for the appellant farming business and was successful in overturning an employment tribunal decision that a farm worker had transferred under TUPE from one business owned by the appellant to another. The case is cited in the authoritative LexisNexis Butterworths publication Business Transfers and Employee Rights by John McMullen.

John advises both employers and employees in connection with employment tribunal proceedings and appeals and is an experienced advocate. He works from the Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow and Conwy offices.

John is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, which says ‘John Merry leads a ‘professional and approachable’ team at Lanyon Bowdler that is lauded for its ‘clear and concise advice’.

Testimonials from the 2024 edition of The Legal 500:

‘John Merry – the nicest, most sensible and direct employment lawyer I have ever worked with – a dream‘.

‘John Merry made everything a lot easier by walking me through what was needed and was always easy to contact either by email or telephone. He has lots of patience and a friendly personality, so I would always recommend him‘.

‘John Merry is a seasoned solicitor with a vast amount of experience in employment law, his down to earth approach is amazing and we have returned to him time and time again’.

‘John Merry is exceptional. His attention to detail and insights into complex employment law matters has given our business the support and confidence to navigate our way through challenging times’.

John is ranked in Band 3 for the West Midlands by the 2024 edition of Chambers UK, which says: “Telford-based John Merry is the head of employment at Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors and has particular expertise in TUPE transfers and TUPE’s application or otherwise to reorganisations and transactions. He offers further capabilities advising on redundancy processes, contract and policy changes as well as claims for discrimination.”

Testimonials include:

“John is a trusted adviser for employment matters.”

“John is very helpful, knowledgeable and quick to get back to us.”

“John Merry is highly knowledgeable and professional, but he has a way of putting legal speak into layman’s terms that are easy to understand, which helps us identify the right action to take.”

 

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Rolled-up Holiday Pay – and Part-year and Irregular Hours Workers

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John Merry • 08 Apr 2024
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Agricultural Wages in Wales 2024

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John Merry • 03 Apr 2024
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Carer’s Leave

New regulations will come into force on 6 April 2024 that will provide employees with the right to take up to one w...
John Merry • 07 Mar 2024
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Increase In Tribunal Compensation Limits

The government has announced the annual increase in compensation limits for employment tribunal awards and other st...
John Merry • 28 Feb 2024
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Rehabilitation of Offenders

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (“the Act”) is intended to allow the rehabilitation into employment of ref...
John Merry • 07 Nov 2023
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Important Ruling: Holiday Pay

The law relating to employee holidays in England and Wales is complex – but it has just become a little simpler, in...
John Merry • 11 Oct 2023
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Increases to Statutory Payments

From 1 April 2023, the National Living Wage will increase from £9.50 to £10.42 an hour. National Minimum Wage rates...
John Merry • 31 Mar 2023
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Increases to Employment Tribunal Limits

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2023 has been published, which will give to effect the latest annu...
John Merry • 16 Mar 2023
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Agricultural Wages in Wales 2023

The Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2023 will come into force on 1 April 2023 and will increase the minimum wage r...
John Merry • 10 Mar 2023
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Right to Work Checks

Employers are required to verify the lawful immigration status of job applicants prior to employment. Following an ...
John Merry • 02 Sep 2022
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Gender Critical Beliefs and Discrimination in the Workplace

On 6 July 2022, in the case of Forstater v CGD Europe and others, an employment tribunal issued a decision which wi...
John Merry • 21 Jul 2022
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ACAS Bereavement

On 16 February 2022, Acas published new guidance with regards to bereavement leave and pay (replacing the previous ...
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