William Merry - McDermott Will & Emery


William Merry focuses his practice on a range of domestic and international corporate crime and investigations-related matters. He has experience in resolving anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, fraud and sanctions matters in both contentious and non-contentious contexts.

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  • Advised a banking executive in respect of the successful defence to a high-profile prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), regarding alleged fraud stemming back to the financial crisis*
  • Acted for clients in respect of a range of internal and regulatory investigations, including investigations initiated by the Financial Conduct Authority, the SFO and the Payment Systems Regulator*
  • Advised a major retail bank on the financial crime-related elements of its acquisition of a significant prime mortgage book*

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  • Best Lawyers in United Kingdom, “Ones to Watch” in Criminal Practice, 2025
  • The Legal 500 UK, Recommended, 2024


  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association


BPP Law School, LPC, 2017
University of Bristol, LLB, 2016

England & Wales