Merry is very client-friendly and has therefore developed a strong defence practice. She is as comfortable working with professional clients as with vulnerable ones. Merry has been instructed for the defence as sole counsel in conspiracy to defraud cases with values of up to £3million, and as led junior in a £4million conspiracy to defraud the Legal Aid Agency. She is instructed in the first Data Protection Act criminal case in which a corporate defendant is charged.
In general crime, Merry has acted in cases involving some of the most serious offences, such as GBH with intent, arson with intent to endanger life, rape, and historic sexual offences such as buggery. Merry has experienced particular success defending allegations of serious sexual offences.
Merry is an accredited vulnerable witness handler, having cross-examined witnesses as young as 4 years old. Merry understands the particular issues that can arise in cases involving the vulnerable, and is used to working with intermediaries. Merry specialises in cases involving individuals who are on the autistic spectrum.