Mercy Akman is a specialist family law barrister with expertise in all aspects of family work, with particular expertise in international child abduction. She has extensive experience in family finance cases, disputes between cohabitees and applications under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989.
Mercy strives to achieve a sensible compromise wherever possible, and will always seek to avoid unnecessary legal costs.
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.