Leigh Day

Merry Varney

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Practice Areas

Merry acts for claimants in a broad variety of public and private claims, with a particular interest in human rights in health and social care.

A significant part of her practice includes acting for bereaved families in Inquests and Article 2 claims. Merry has acted for individuals, charities, and representative groups and has acted for claimants in domestic Courts, inquests and the European Court of Human Rights.

Her experience ranges from judicial review challenges to decisions and policies of public authorities to damages claims for victims of human rights violations. She also has experience in the Court of Protection.

She has successfully acted in cases concerning the rights of patients, vulnerable adults and children, regularly securing outcomes from access to NHS funded treatment, changes in policy, critical inquest conclusions and compensation for violations of the right to life, the right to be free from degrading treatment and the right to family life.

Merry became a partner in 2016 and sits on the INQUEST Lawyers Group Steering Committee.


Merry trained at Linklaters before a secondment to Liberty led to following a career in human rights. She worked at Liberty after qualifying in 2004 and joined Leigh Day in 2007.