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John Merry

Partner - Head of Employment Team


John's Teams

Employment, Agriculture


Profile/Experience

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.

John is the head of the employment department and a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. He 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 advises both employers and employees in connection with employment tribunal proceedings and appeals and is an experienced advocate. He works for clients from the Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow and Conwy offices.

Legal 500 and Chambers UK Recommendations

John is recognised in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500, which includes a testimonial that ‘John Merry is an extremely knowledgeable individual who is able to communicate on an appropriate level to ensure my understanding and clarity on my position.'

The 2019 edition of Chambers UK recognises John in the Midlands for employment, noting his experience in handling major restructurings and employment policy issues and that clients say 'He provides an exceptional service and excellent advice'.

Client Testimonials

Direct line to acting solicitor.

- Mr H Williamson, Llansantffrraid

Excellent representation in court

- Mr Gibson, Telford

Very good team across many disciplines.

- Woodland Heritage Ltd, Surrey

'You really cared and wanted the best possible outcome for our son'

- Mr & Mrs Abernethy, Cheshire

I had requested information and advice from various other solicitors prior to calling Lanyon Bowdler and found that she was the only one to take the time and explain how the Help to Buy ISA worked.

- Mr M Shaw & Miss G Frankfort, Market Drayton

Client Quotes

Ease of contact, understanding of business context. An excellent and pragmatic approach to a relatively complex business transfer.

- Mr D Coull, Shrewsbury

Everything was first class

- Miss Evans, Oswestry

Ed Burrell was excellent in every aspect of his support in selling my business. He was friendly and pleasant to deal with yet very professional.

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

You do what you say you are going to do within an estimated timescale

- Mrs Lewis, Bromyard

Kept me up to date in any process made.

- Mr P Haigh, Suffolk

Latest Case Study

19 Jun 2019

Package Holiday Injury Claim

Miss G was injured whilst on holiday in Goa. The matter was a strongly disputed package holiday claim. Miss G was on...