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Merrow Golden

Merrow Golden

Year of call: 2014

Practice areas: Environment, Planning, Major Infrastructure Projects, Town and Village Greens and Open Space, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Rating, Local Government

Merrow Golden

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.

  • "Ms Golden came highly recommended to us by another body and in future I will certainly be recommending her to others in turn. Her highly professional support, specialist knowledge and undaunted advocacy were utterly invaluable at all stages of a lengthy and frequently complex public inquiry."  Local Authority Solicitor


•    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)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School (2015)
  • Parker School Recognition of Achievement, Columbia Law School (2015)
  • McMahon Law Studentship, St. John’s College, Cambridge (2013)
  • The City Lawyer Excellence Award, City Law School (2013)
  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple BPTC Exhibition Award (2013)
  • Allen & Overy Prize for International Economic Law (2013)
  • City Law School Home Student Scholarship (2012)

Previous Experience

Prior to coming to the Bar, Merrow spent six months clerking for Justice Edwin Cameron at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, where she worked on a number of different cases dealing with complex matters of constitutional law and human rights.

During her studies, she interned for the Administrative Law Division of New York City’s Law Department (2015), where she represented New York City agencies and was responsible for her own caseload.  She also interned with the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York (2014), the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York (2012) and the United Nations Development Programme (2013-2014). 

Merrow has worked on a pro bono basis for the Free Representation Unit and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.  In addition, she has worked as a volunteer case worker at Victim Support.

Professional Memberships

Merrow is a member of the following associations:

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

Bar Admission: New York


Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vol 55, Number 2, 101 “Could a Code of Conduct Work? The Prospects of the French Proposal Limiting the Veto on the United Nations Security Council” (published 12 September 2017)


Merrow is a British/American who was born and raised in London with a strong connection to the North Cornish coast. She has a passion for travel and for experiencing different cultures (and cuisines!) but most of all she enjoys spending time with family and friends from all over the world.

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