Fake claims against British soldiers are a national scandal

An Iraqi refugee has admitted arranging hundreds of fake abuse claims against British soldiers in Iraq. Basim Al-Sadoon, 37, said the racket he was involved in was aimed at winning payouts from the Ministry of Defence. Mr Al-Sadoon ran an office in Basra where he handled accusations made by locals against the British Army. He…

Bawa-Garba and why a sticking plaster approach to the NHS will not work

Writing in today’s Times, columnist and broadcaster Jenni Russell says wise doctors will retreat from the front line as overwork and the risk of negligence cases make safer specialisms preferable to acute medicine. Her comments come after the decisions of the GMC and the High Court in pursuing the striking-off of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba after…

Supporting the Mail on Sunday’s armed forces mental healthcare campaign

I fully support the Mail on Sunday’s campaign to improve mental healthcare for serving troops, including the introduction of a 24/7 helpline. In today’s paper, John Nicol talks about how he was shot down over Iraq 27 years ago, captured, tortured and forced by Saddam Hussein’s henchmen to appear on television and denounce his actions…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors backs Independent Evaluation for military claims

Hilary Meredith Solicitors says injured armed forces personnel and the families of those killed in combat should have access to Independent Evaluation (IE) in order to resolve any legal claims. The Government has confirmed its response to the Better combat compensation consultation will be published in February 2018.  It is planning to channel  complaints from…

Better Combat Compensation Consultation response to be published in February

The Government has confirmed its response to the Better combat compensation consultation will be published in February 2018. Under the proposals, combat immunity – which provides an exemption from legal liability for members of the armed forces and the government – would apply to all accidents and fatalities within the armed forces, so the MoD…

Hilary Meredith welcomes statute of limitations recommendation for Troubles-related incidents

Hilary Meredith has welcomed a Commons Defence Committee report recommending that the Government enact a statute of limitations “covering all Troubles-related incidents, up to the signing of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, which involved former members of the Armed Forces”, alongside a truth recovery mechanism that would provide “the best possible prospect of bereaved families finding…

“Reckless” MoD faces thousands of Lariam claims

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has now been approached by over 3000 serving army personnel and veterans who were prescribed controversial anti-malaria drug Lariam and suffered mental health issues and neuropsychiatric side-effects as a result. Having been developed in the US following the Vietnam War, Lariam was made available in the UK in 1989 and was quickly…

Our coroners “foolish”? Max Hastings needs to look closer to home

In today’s Daily Mail, journalist Max Hastings talks about his experience in the army. He says: My own memories of dalliance with the Army more than half a century ago involved an insouciance with weapons, vehicles, parachutes — indeed, risk of all kinds — that would give heart failure to the modern Health & Safety…

The NHS and why drastic action is now required

I was saddened to read yesterday about a doctor apologising on Twitter for “third world conditions” in the hospital where we works.  Separately, tens of thousands of non-urgent NHS operations and procedures in England may be deferred until 31 January, due to winter pressures. When health secretary Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital…

Why I’m calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry

Today I am calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) failure to properly advise our armed forces on how to capture and detain prisoners before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The terrible circumstances of the Baha Mousa case, when an Iraqi man died while in British Army custody in Basra in…

Delighted to win Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award

I am thrilled to have won the Outstanding Achievement of The Year Award at last night’s Personal Injury Award 2017. Over the last twelve months, the team here at Hilary Meredith Solicitors has secured major, life-saving policy changes from the UK government in a substantial but often misunderstood area of personal injury – service personnel…

Hilary Meredith wins Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award

Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, last night collected the Outstanding Achievement of The Year Award at the Personal Injury Awards 2017. Over the last twelve months, Hilary has secured major, life-saving policy changes from the UK government in a substantial but often misunderstood area of personal injury – service personnel and veterans battling…

Proud to sponsor The Brain Charity’s Annual Liverpool Snow Ball

Hilary Meredith Solicitors are proud headline sponsors of The Brain Charity’s Annual Liverpool Snow Ball. This year’s event will be held on Friday 8th December from 7pm till late. Tickets are just £55 per person which includes drinks reception, a superb seasonal three-course menu, spectacular live entertainment, lots of fun & games, and dancing till…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors to sponsor The Brain Charity’s Annual Liverpool Snow Ball

Hilary Meredith Solicitors are proud headline sponsors of The Brain Charity’s Annual Liverpool Snow Ball. This year’s event will be held on Friday 8th December from 7pm till late. Tickets are just £55 per person which includes drinks reception, a superb seasonal three-course menu, spectacular live entertainment, lots of fun & games, and dancing till…

Why we support the Million Pound Salute campaign for Broughton House

Hilary Meredith Solicitors fully supports the Manchester Evening News’ major new campaign to raise £1 million for our official charity, Broughton House. Broughton House is about to be transformed into a £14m care village for veterans of conflicts past and present – to tend to physical as well as mental wounds. The M.E.N’s Million Pound…

MoD hides behind crown immunity as two are charged over Brecon training deaths

Two men have been charged with negligence following the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS selection march in the Brecon Beacons. L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Cpl James Dunsby were taking part in a 16-mile recruitment exercise on the hottest day of 2013. A coroner ruled they died from neglect. The Service…

MoD hides behind crown immunity as charges are brought over training deaths

Two men have been charged with negligence following the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS selection march in the Brecon Beacons. L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Cpl James Dunsby were taking part in a 16-mile recruitment exercise on the hottest day of 2013. A coroner ruled they died from neglect. The Service…

Wear your poppy with pride

Why have we this year suddenly mixed the poppy, a great symbol of remembrance, with politics and racial issues? Where has our innocence and national pride gone? I remember at school when the first poppies came on sale and everyone arrived excitedly with their pennies to buy one. Why are now ruining the memory of…