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Essex Court Chambers

Hugh Mercer QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 3 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022

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UK Bar
Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 4

Hugh Mercer QC
Hugh Mercer QC is an expert on EU, environmental and agricultural law who has impressive experience of related judicial review work.
Strengths: "He is a creative thinker who brings new ideas and is constantly innovating rather than simply reproducing case law."
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Agriculture & Rural Affairs - London (Bar)

Band 1

Hugh Mercer QC
Hugh Mercer QC is a well-regarded specialist in regulatory and EU law governing agriculture. Peers and commentators praise his work on cases regarding the Basic Payment Scheme. He is also noted for his extensive knowledge of the Common Agricultural Policy and is further recognised for his expertise in rural flooding issues.
Strengths: "He is a unique and special advocate with unrivalled expertise in EU Agricultural law."
Recent work: Instructed in Newby Foods v Food Standards Agency, a dispute concerning whether Newby Foods' product was correctly classified as meat.
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European Law - London (Bar)

Band 1

Hugh Mercer QC  
Hugh Mercer QC receives praise both for his contributions to legal aspects of the Brexit debate and for his work in advisory or contentious EU law instructions. He advises on the judicial review of EU-derived environmental or UK food safety regulatory decisions. He also assists with jurisdiction issues arising in overseas civil damages claims.
Strengths: "A terrific EU and English constitutional lawyer."
Recent work: Represented Eleanor Sharpston QC in a challenge to the ECJ's early termination of her role as Advocate General in 2020.
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