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Kirsten Mercer

Year of call:
Newcastle University, LLB
Nottingham Law School, BVC ('very competent')
Pupil at Park Court Chambers, Leeds
Tenant at Park Court Chambers
Tenant at Park Square Barristers
Government Legal Department panel counsel
List B of the Panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates
North Eastern Circuit

Kirsten Mercer prosecutes or defends across the range of criminal matters, and is a Grade-3 prosecutor.

Kirsten is particularly interested in cases where there are difficult disclosure issues. She is regularly instructed by the CPS where there are known to be complexities in respect of disclosure and, as a result, has been involved in cases beyond her level of call, including multi-handed homicide cases, multi-agency prosecutions instructed by the complex casework unit, and cases for the RASSO unit.

She has acted as independent counsel for the National Crime Agency.

Kirsten has previously advised the Child Maintenance Group (CMG) regarding the transfer of their work to the CPS, and regularly provided charging advice to the CMG prior to the transfer. She has also provided regular charging advice to the Department of Work and Pensions regarding benefit-fraud cases. She therefore has a particular interest in benefit fraud.


Kirsten has provided training to officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Notable cases

  • R v BG and Others – Disclosure junior to Bryan Cox QC in a homicide and multi-handed conspiracy to supply class-A drugs.
  • R v MF – Disclosure junior to Richard Mansell QC in a homicide case where the defendant had confessed to the murder of a person other than the victim and subsequently accused that same third party of the murder of the deceased. There was a history of violence between all 3 men.

Public Access

Kirsten Mercer may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Kirsten’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217