I am one of Trethowans’ most experienced solicitors and am head of the firm’s Family Team.
My main areas of expertise are Family Law, Divorce, Separation, Financial Provision, Civil Partnerships and other related issues. I am particularly adept at handling complex, high net worth settlements which involve family partnerships, businesses, farms, foreign property or trusts. I also advise clients on Pre-Nuptial Agreements and all issues relating to children.
I strongly advocate the benefits of a no Court, non confrontational approach to family law – especially in the resolution and mediation of issues which involve both finance and children. I am also a long standing member of Resolution (ADR) and experienced Collaborative Lawyer.
I am a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2021 guide which notes: ‘Andrew Mercer is a top lawyer with very long experience and a wise head. He will always strive to achieve sensible practical and commercial solutions’.
"Bright, Practical and Commercial Lawyer who has the knowledge and ability to take on complex and high value cases."
Areas of Expertise
Represented wife in highly acrimonious, initially, defended Divorce. Complex financial asset base including farm and investment properties. The case involved inherited wealth with a preliminary issue as to the children’s interests. Issues of capacity. The need for professional valuation and CGT calculations. A negotiated settlement was eventually reached enabling the parties to retain their respective properties, but with the sale of farmland to satisfy debts and liabilities thereby avoiding what would otherwise have been a 3 day fully contested Final Hearing.
What others say
I am ranked Band 2 in Chambers and Partners (2020) and described as “a seasoned practitioner with a wealth of experience.”
Chambers 2018 Team Ranked 2nd as a Regional Practice in the Central South described as having a “robust finance and children practice” which offers both “Collaborative Law and Mediation Services”. The team is also acknowledged for its “extensive knowledge of farming assets and inherited wealth” cases and is noted for its representation of other professionals as well as the military.
I am described as being “pragmatic and excellent to work with” and “combines being a great leader and motivator with being a first class Collaborative Lawyer”. Chambers and Partners (2018) also quote me as being “a bright, practical and commercial lawyer” who has “the knowledge and ability to take on complex and high value cases” and is said to be “excellent with clients”.
In the Legal 500, I am described as being “extremely able, gracious and sensible and a very good negotiator” as well as being “extremely knowledgeable and particularly good on the financial side”.
Away from the office
I am a die hard season ticket holder with Bath Rugby and Vice President with Salisbury Rugby. A competitive open water swimmer, training at Sandbanks and Ellingham Lakes (which culminated in a recent English Channel relay success..) I have retained a life long passion for live music and can still be spotted at numerous festivals and concerts throughout the year travelling with Ralph, the campervan.