Mercy Akman specialises in family law, in particular financial remedy cases. She has an interest in and experience of cases concerning the validity of marriage and divorce.
She has significant experience in all areas of public law and private law children work including Schedule one Children Act Provision.
In all the areas of her expertise she has experience in drafting pleadings, legal documents, written advices and opinions.
Wherever possible, Mercy seeks to obtain a sensible compromise.
Mercy accepts instructions on a Direct Access basis.
Appointments & Memberships
- Charging Adjudicator of the Parking and Appeals Tribunal (London)
- Funding Review Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency
- Family Law Bar Association
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Gray’s Inn
- Bar of Ghana
Re H (Shared Residence: Parental Responsibility)  2FL
Court upheld decision to make a Shared Residence Order where the primary purpose was to confer parental responsibility on a step-father.
Re K (Application to Remove from Jurisdiction)  2 FLR 1006, Charles
Relocation and permanent removal of children out of the jurisdiction: whether factors including the political, economic and general living conditions of the country of destination are relevant to the issue of the welfare of the child.
O and Another v Orkney Island Council  1 FLR 1449 FD, Hedley J
Court considered whether a Scottish local authority could be compelled to undertake or fund a Special Guardianship Assessment in respect of a child placed by the Scottish local authority with kinship carers in England.
Re M (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1161, McFarlane and Hughes LJJ
Court of Appeal found that there had been no procedural irregularity or unfairness where a judge had indicated after the first day of a hearing that he was minded to grant an extension of a residential assessment under s.38 (6) of the Children Act 1989 but came to a contrary decision after hearing evidence at the resumed hearing.