Meriel East


Partner dealing with Family and Criminal matters with a special interest in Child care and public law (care proceedings)

Meriel is a keen advocate in the Criminal Court who undertakes cases from initial hearing through to trial.

She has been involved in several high profile cases including allegations of the death of an infant by a parent administering adult medication, and cases involving significant injury to children including an allegation of branding. She has also been involved in serious sex abuse cases.

Meriel has been involved in cases at the High Court of Justice including  a case in relation to reporting restrictions in a matter involving the death of a baby, and the request by a 14 year old to give evidence in  a case involving allegations of sexual abuse against her parents.


Pontrhydyfen Welsh School; Emmanuel Preparatory and Grammar School, Swansea; Swansea Institute of Higher Education; University of the West of England


Trainee Legal Executive at G Huw Lewis and James 1987-97; L C Thomas & Son 1997-2000; qualified as a Solicitor in 2000; Howe & Spender 2000-02; Goldstones 2002-05; Hutchinson Thomas 2005; partner 2015

Member of the Law Society Children panel, and Criminal Duty Solicitor

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In her free time Meriel enjoys spending time with her children and helping on the family farm. She is also an enthusiastic martial artist and practices ju jutsu and judo being an assistant coach at a local club and the YMCA. Meriel is also is a keen motorcyclist.