A guest blog – Ben’s wish

As part of my role as an Armed Forces community ambassador for Hilary Meredith Solicitors, I like to take part in local charity fundraising and challenges. March saw me take part in an event for a charity called Ben’s Wish. Ben is 10-year-old boy from Leigh, who was born with cerebral palsy and is currently…

The MoD and the shocking truth about blanket immunity

At APIL’s Military Conference on Friday we heard  the shocking truth from Dr Cynthia Shaw OBE, Senior Principal, Directorate of Judicial Engagement Policy at the Ministry of Defence. The MoD will “aggressively” push combat extension legislation through Parliament with little debate or objection. It  will not be held up by the Brexit debates. The consultation…

Michael Fallon and his ulterior motive

In a cost-cutting move, the MoD is scrapping the front line letters (e-blueys) between those serving on the front line and loved ones at home. As if that isn’t bad enough, Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon has put forward proposals that will effectively wipe out any duty of care the MoD owes to…

Government lawyer bashing shows no sign of letting up

Over the 25 years of my legal career I’ve  watched and adapted as various Governments and non practising lawyers have interfered with the law in an attempt to improve the system. All have in my view failed as a result of refusing to listen to the legal profession – those at the coalface who deal…

Reflections from London 23.2.17

This week started off as any other week, we all came into work, got on with our business and went home again.  Outside these offices, the helicopters continued to circle above us, as they do every afternoon.  They have become part of the landscape and it makes us feel safe.  We have even got to…

100 million reasons why the MoD should hang its head in shame

The Ministry of Defence has paid out more than £100 million on legal costs and compensation linked to the war in Iraq, ministers have revealed. A “large proportion” of these were over allegations brought by the now-discredited Public Interest Lawyers, defence minister Mike Penning said. Public Interest Lawyers represented complainants in the £31million Al-Sweady inquiry…

Mansion House Banquet

I attended a fabulous banquet organised by The Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London at Mansion House last night. Guests included the Lord Mayor, Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls, President of the Law Society and Chair of the Bar Council. The City of London Solicitors’ Company, of which I’m proud…

Northern Ireland – why the MoD must take corporate responsibility

It has been reported that as many as 1,000 ex-servicemen will be viewed as manslaughter or murder suspects in the multi-million pound trawl into the Troubles. All 302 killings by British soldiers over 30 years of conflict are being investigated afresh — in marked contrast to the treatment of IRA terrorists and suspects who have…

International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day, an event observing the political, economic and cultural achievements of women all over the world. The 2017 theme – marked globally by performances, talks and marches – is #BeBoldForChange. People are being encouraged to take groundbreaking action to help improve gender equality. It’s a particularly resonant topic with divisive politics…

High heels row – my thoughts

An inquiry into work dress codes has exposed “widespread discrimination” against women, MPs have said. The investigation was prompted by a petition, being debated by MPs, that called for a ban on requiring women to wear high heels at work. MPs said they were “shocked” by stories submitted as part of the inquiry, which included…

Proud

Hilary Meredith Solicitors was last night named as Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Team of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Legal Awards. The awards, now in their eighth year, took place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.  Organised by Manchester Law Society, the evening was attended by over 650 guests from Greater Manchester and…

Zoe Holland joins Hilary Meredith Solicitors as non-executive director

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has appointed Zoe Holland as the firm’s first non-executive director. Nationally recognised for entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategic leadership, Zoe is managing director of ZebraLC, the UK’s leading technical due diligence, audit and consulting business focused on the legal sector. As the firm’s first appointed NED, the role will include input into…

Better combat compensation consultation – my thoughts

Servicemen and women injured during combat will be shut out of the justice system under new Government plans to widen the scope of combat immunity to stop claims of negligence coming to court. Under the proposals, combat immunity – which provides an exemption from legal liability for members of the armed forces and the government…

Combat immunity plans a retrograde step

Ministry of Defence acting like it is above the law Hilary Meredith has criticised proposals by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to scrap the legal duty of care it owes to service personnel in the course of combat. Under the proposed scheme, personnel would no longer be able to sue the MoD for negligence. Compensation…

Defence Select Committee recommends immediate closure of Iraq Historic Allegations Team – our reaction

he Defence Select Committee Report has today recommended the immediate closure of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT). Commenting on the recommendation, Hilary Meredith, CEO at Hilary Meredith Solicitors said: “It is absolutely right that IHAT should be shut down with immediate effect. “Funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), this flawed, incompetent and repugnant…