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Will Mercer

About

I am a partner in our Family Department based in St Albans.  I advise clients on all aspects of family law including divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships, financial arrangements on the breakdown of relationships, children matters, cohabitation issues and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

I am a committed member of Resolution and maintain an honest and professional stance while fighting for my clients’ preferred outcomes with passion and determination.

I am calm even in the most heated of cases and receive universally positive feedback from clients.  I have a broad skill set and have advised clients in a number of complicated financial matters including cases which involved farming assets, elements of ring-fencing non-matrimonial assets, conduct and addback arguments, and post separation accrual of assets. In children matters, I have significant experience of acting for parents in a range of applications including where one parent is having little or no contact with the children and where there are serious allegations of domestic abuse.

I am regularly instructed to give advice and prepare pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements for clients.

Having grown up and studied in St Albans I am well known in the area. My established local roots can also be seen through my time at the Firm having joined as a trainee in 2009 and qualified in 2011 before promotion to partner in July 2016.

Interests

I enjoy playing and watching sport and spending time with my young family.

Joined Taylor Walton in 2009

What our clients say

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help and advice during the final part of this long process. Your work has been excellent and your courtesy and patience towards me very much appreciated. I would not hesitate to use Taylor Walton again.”

“I just wanted to thank you for all your help over the last few months. It was a very difficult, stressful period in my life but your support and clear, considered advice helped me enormously, as did your patience when having to explain things I hadn't understood. Thank you very much.”

“I was very fortunate to have Will Mercer as my divorce solicitor. He was so supportive during this difficult time as well as being extremely knowledgeable and thorough. He gave me good, practical advice and always reassured me when things were tough. He was extremely efficient and I felt that he went over and above to achieve the best outcome for me, for which I will always be very grateful”.

"I can’t recommend TW enough; Will Mercer has been superb in every engagement over a number of years. Professional, personable, empathetic and above all, expert council. Brilliant to work with." -5* Google

"Will is a stand out partner. He is empathetic, honest, and adopts a constructive and practical approach to his matters. He is trusted by clients, very knowledgeable and they are in safe hands." -Legal 500

Cohabiting couples and “common law marriage” – time for reform of the law?

By Will Mercer | 7 November 2022

For some time, there have been calls for reform in relation to the rights of cohabiting couples but as far as the Government is concerned, the time is not right for such reform. The Government has recently rejected a number of recommendations made by the House of Commons ‘Women and Equalities Committee’ for reform as…

The Impact of No Fault Divorce

By Anna Patsalides | 22 August 2022

On the 6 April 2022 Family Law saw one of the biggest shake ups for decades. This was the introduction of “No Fault Divorce”.  Under the previous law in order to obtain a divorce you had to demonstrate that the marriage had irretrievably broken down and in order to do so you had to confirm…

What impact does divorce have on children and are court proceedings really viewed as a last resort?

By Anna Patsalides | 28 July 2022

Sir Andrew McFarlane, who is the President of the Family Division and a leading Judge was recently interviewed by Paddy O’Connell on BBC4’s Broadcasting House.  Sir Andrew gave his view on the impact divorce can have on children, particularly where parents are unable to discuss and make arrangements for the ongoing care of the children…

Why it is so important to seek advice early on when a relationship breaks down

By Anna Patsalides | 21 December 2021

Taylor Walton solicitors are based in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire with a dedicated team of specialist family solicitors who are able to provide advice in relation to all aspects of family matters including relationship breakdowns. When a relationship breaks down, parties can sometimes struggle to obtain early advice and prefer not to get lawyers involved for…

Blame in divorce proceedings to be eradicated

By Will Mercer | 18 April 2019

Family Law practitioners who have been calling for a change in divorce law will note with optimism the outcome of the Government’s recent public consultation into reform of the divorce law. David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, has recently announced the Government’s response to a 12 week public consultation entitled Reform of the legal requirements for divorce and significant changes appear…