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John Merry

Senior Partner - Head of Employment Team

John's Teams

Employment, Agriculture


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, being appointed senior partner in 2022, which is also the year that John celebrates 25 years with the firm.

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 Recommendation

John is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500, which says 'head of department John Merry has a strong reputation for his work with farmers and growers.'

Published testimonials state the following: 
‘My experience of working with John has always been exemplary. He has provided advice on a number of issues over the years and was particularly helpful in assisting us with the effects of Covid-19 around employment issues, the Job Retention Scheme and communicating with our team, as well as IR35. He is professional, always gets back to you in a timely manner and provides pragmatic advice. Importantly for me, he has the ability to explain legal nuances and language in terms that are concise, practical and easy to understand. His knowledge of the law is second to none and he regularly goes the extra mile for us.’