Mark advises on all areas of civil litigation including commercial disputes, professional negligence, insolvency and contentious probate.
In 2011 Mark was described by the Legal 500 as prominent among the region’s litigators.
He joined the firm as a litigation specialist in 1987 and became managing partner of what was then Ashton Graham in 2001. He remained in that position until 2010, overseeing the firms considerable growth during that period, before reverting to full time practice. He is currently one of the firm’s Co-chairman.
Recent cases include a large directors breach of fiduciary duty claim, a number of high value professional negligence claims and acting for the landlords in a substantial claim against the tenants of a nursing home which involved obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction in the High Court..
Mark has had training in mediation and has successfully represented clients at numerous mediations over the years. He has a well deserved reputation for his no nonsense style and his innovative approach to funding options for clients, including conditional fee agreements and discounted fee agreements in appropriate cases.
Mark Merriam is “a man of integrity: precise, considered, and not afraid to be resolute”- Legal 500
... provides “incisive, prompt and clear advice”. - Legal 500
Ashton KCJ’s Rob Adam and Mark Merriam have seen an abundance of work, ranging from a £300,000 sex discrimination claim against a solicitor, to defending a client alleged to have given erroneous advice on a £2m intestate estate. - Legal 500
Ashton KCJ’s litigation team has handled a growing share of property disputes; esteemed litigators Rob Adam and Mark Merriam advised on contentious planning issues for a rendering plant, as well as handling boundary issues and lease forfeiture matters. - Legal 500