Partner & Chairman
Mark advises on all areas of civil litigation including commercial disputes, professional negligence, insolvency and contentious probate.
In 2011 Mark was described by the Legal 500 as prominent among the region’s litigators.
He joined the firm as a litigation specialist in 1987 and became managing partner of what was then Ashton Graham in 2001. He remained in that position until 2010, overseeing the firms considerable growth during that period, before reverting to full time practice. He is currently one of the firm’s Co-chairman.
Recent cases include a large directors breach of fiduciary duty claim, a number of high value professional negligence claims and acting for the landlords in a substantial claim against the tenants of a nursing home which involved obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction in the High Court..
Mark has had training in mediation and has successfully represented clients at numerous mediations over the years. He has a well deserved reputation for his no nonsense style and his innovative approach to funding options for clients, including conditional fee agreements and discounted fee agreements in appropriate cases.
Ashtons Legal’s ‘able, experienced, intelligent litigator' Mark Merriam is ‘ten out of ten', and ‘an exceptional and trusted advisor'. Highlights include a £400,000 distributorship agreement dispute. - Legal 500
Ipswich-based Mark Merriam leads a number of complex cases. As well as advising on professional negligence, insolvency and other commercial disputes, Merriam is a trained mediator.- Chambers & Partners
Mark Merriam is “a man of integrity: precise, considered, and not afraid to be resolute”- Legal 500
"I have never had to turn to a solicitor for help before I came to you and I was somewhat apprehensive. I need not have been. Your guidance, support and care has been wonderful. I send you my heartfelt and sincere thanks." - Ashtons Legal client
Ashtons Legal’s ‘personable and committed’ Mark Merriam is ‘tough, and has a good grasp of commercial perspectives’. He acted for a business in relation to the recovery of money invested in a joint venture which failed to materialise and breach of a special interest trust. - Legal 500
Mark Merriam goes down well with clients. Merriam leads on high-profile cases, including matters concerning breaches of fiduciary duty, professional negligence and landlord and tenant disputes. He is also a trained mediator and is one of the firm's co-chairmen. - Chambers & Partners
"Ashtons Mark Merriam is highly recommended for commercial disputes. He acted in a £525k claim for breach of oral contract." - Legal 500
"I just wanted to say thank for everything. I am relieved that the process is over and feel that I can now move on with things. I was truly grateful for all the efforts that you put in for this case, and I felt that I was in good hands from the beginning. I was thankful that I had someone fighting for my case, right to the end." - Ashtons Legal Client
"The vastly experienced Mark Merriam is ‘always alive to the commercial realities of litigation, however legally complex or personally fraught they might be’" - Legal 500
Mark Merriam is admired by one client who informs: "He looked into the case from all angles and fought my corner throughout the process." - Chambers & Partners, 2018