Merrow Golden > Francis Taylor Building > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building

Work Department

  • Planning and Environment
  • Public Law, Human Rights and EU
  • Highways, Village Greens and Commons
  • Infrastructure
  • Local Government
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
  • Licensing
  • Education


Merrow welcomes instructions to act individually or as a part of a team across all of Chambers’ practice areas.  She has acted on behalf of local authorities, non-governmental organisations and private developers and is ranked as one of the top rated planning juniors under 35 (Planning Magazine 2021, 2020, 2019).

Merrow studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge before going on to study law.  She has a First Class law degree from City Law School, London, and a masters degree from Columbia Law School, New York.  Prior to starting her pupillage, Merrow worked as a Foreign Law Clerk for Justice Edwin Cameron at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and she is a qualified attorney in the state of New York.

Merrow is happy to work on a pro bono basis in appropriate cases.


Called 2014.


  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • The Planning & Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)


  • Columbia Law School, LLM (2014-2015)
  • City Law School, BPTC (Very Competent) (2013-2014)
  • City Law School, Graduate Entry LLB (First Class – top of the year) (2011-2013)
  • St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, BA(Hons) Social and Political Sciences (Second Class, Upper Division) (2007-2010)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Environment

(Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

Merrow GoldenFrancis Taylor BuildingShe is very quick to assimilate facts and complex technical issues, and she has a real passion for environmental law.

Acting for major corporates, developers, statutory regulators, environmental action groups and individuals, Francis Taylor Building is a highly regarded planning set with a strong contingent of members handling cases involving environmental regulation and land use planning, as well as common law and criminal environmental liability. Robert McCracken QC has brought several challenges to grants of planning permission and adoption of air quality policies based on European air quality directives. Members frequently member appear against each other, as is the case with the high-profile Drax power station litigation, in which Gregory Jones QC is leading rising star Merrow Golden for claimant ClientEarth, with prominent junior Ned Westaway appearing for the Secretary of State. New silk Richard Honey QC is acting for the defendant Secretary of State in a judicial review of the design of the new UK emissions trading scheme.

London Bar > Planning

(Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

Merrow GoldenFrancis Taylor BuildingMerrow is a junior barrister who will go far. He has been very innovative and creative in developing legal arguments on complex points of law. Merrow is developing a broad practice with a significant public/environmental focus.