Our Story

Mercers are one of the oldest law firms in the Thames Valley, having been established in Henley-on-Thames in 1827. Ever since then our client-focused approach has been helping individuals and businesses to meet their legal goals.

We specialise in Private Client work including Wills, Probate and Inheritance disputes, Residential Property, Litigation and Commercial Property.

Why Choose Us

Mercers have been trusted for their understanding, professional approach achieving outstanding results for the people of Henley-on-Thames for 200 years.

Empathy isn’t a word you often hear when talking about a solicitors. We know our profession can seem a little aloof but with Mercers it’s different. While we are experts in our fields, we’re also human with similar life experiences to many of our clients.

That is why we relate to our clients so effectively; we treat them as people, knowing they won’t always understand their rights, obligations or opportunities, but treating them with the respect and understanding they deserve. Above all we take the time to listen to our clients before offering advice based on a superb understanding of the law coupled with many years of real life experience.

We know that every one of our clients has a different story so we treat them as individuals, whether they are writing a Will, purchasing a residential property or involved in a dispute.

Many clients have relied on us for years. They know our client-first approach, coupled with expert knowledge and hands-on experience will deliver results cost effectively and with the minimum of fuss.

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Professional Indemnity Insurance

Mercers Solicitors are covered by professional indemnity insurance that far exceeds the Minimum Terms of Cover required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

All our work, in all jurisdictions is covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance issued by QBE UK Limited, Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BD

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Mercers Solicitors encourages a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.

We perform a regular exercise to collect data on the diversity of our staff.


Corporate Responsibility

At Mercers Solicitors we take our corporate responsibility seriously and have proactive policies towards our employees, clients, the wider community and the environment.

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Our History


President of the Law Society

The earliest records of the firm date back to 1827 when Nicholas Mercer was President of the Law Society.

Early 1900s

The Firm

The firm has always been independently owned by local people, and has been based in Henley from the outset. It is believed that the firm has been based at the New Street office, opposite the Kenton Theatre, since the early years of the last century.

The firm has long been associated with the Blaker family and Guy Blaker was a partner for many years and the firm at that time was called Mercer and Blaker.

Mid 1900s

Martin Riley joined the partnership

Martin Riley joined the partnership and became Senior Partner and over the years the firm grew. Christopher Malim, and David Weston joined, followed by Edward Sandars and Malcolm Brunwin.


Christopher Bowler joined the firm

Christopher Bowler joined the firm, became a partner in 1981 and managing partner in 2002, he stood down as Managing Partner in 2019 and is now a consultant within the firm.


Joined in 1986 by Paul Stott

Latterly these partners were joined in 1986 by Paul Stott, who became a partner in 1988 and Managing Partner in 2019, he stood down as Managing Partner in 2021 and is now a consultant within the firm.


Joined by Guy Barker

These partners were then joined by Guy Barker, who is head of private client and still a partner to this day.


Peter Hopkins then joined the firm

Peter Hopkins then joined the firm as a partner and became managing partner in 2022. As the firm grew it became possible to have specialist departments, dealing with property, both commercial and residential, private client work offering advice on wills, trusts, tax planning and powers of attorney, and litigation advice.


The existing Partners

The existing Partners were then joined by Paula Nichols and Justine McCool.


The firm now employs over 30 local staff

The firm now employs over 30 local staff and strives to offer good legal advice as part of a friendly service to Henley and the surrounding area

What People Are Saying

Hear what some of our clients have to say about Mercers Solicitors...

I just want to thank you again for all your help… we couldn’t have placed ourselves in more trusting, caring hands than your good kind self. It was great we had the opportunity to meet you when we did Alex!

Mrs A from Maidenhead

Peter has gone above and beyond with his informative, sympathetic and extremely wise advice.

Mrs H of Oxfordshire

We should like to place on record our appreciation of the highly professional and yet patient and stress-free manner in which Mercers have handled these matters for us.


I really do want to thank you for your patience, kindness and the meticulous way in which you tackled both me and my problem.

Mrs D from Maidenhead

Very professional and helpful. Don't know what I would have done without Shella!

Mrs G of Australia

You are so meticulous, efficient, and very responsive. Your professionalism and quality of work is outstanding. The fact that this matter was carried out during the very challenging times we have all experienced due to the Pandemic, makes the level of your service even more outstanding. Throughout the complete process I have always had the feeling that I was working with a friend I had known for years.

Mr D of Oxfordshire

Having sometimes experienced slow and reactive lawyers, it was refreshing to deal with Ruth and her team. The transaction was done promptly and smoothly. We will definitely use Ruth again and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her to family and friends.

Mrs B of Berkshire.

We have never experienced such fast and efficient return of communication from any past or present Paralegal/ Solicitor. Thank you Jess and Sam.

Mr & Mrs Masri of Berkshire

I have always received first class service from Sarah Crowther. Her advice and suggestions have always proven excellent. What she says she will do she does.

Mrs W of Berkshire

Thank you for all your care and understanding in helping me … through the complexity of a will.

Mr P from Berkshire

Quality, professional firm with integrity, nice people – I had a first class experience.

Mr A S of Oxfordshire

We have very much appreciated Paula's patience and expert guidance through, for us, a tricky landscape.

Mr A and Mrs S

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