Hilary Meredith Solicitors secures one of the highest ever NFCI settlements

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has secured one of the highest ever settlements in a Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI) claim. The firm’s client, Soldier D, joined the Army in 2006 and was medically discharged in 2016 as a result of his NFCI. In December 2012, Soldier D, aged 22, attended an exercise at a location in England….

My thoughts are with Lance Corporal George Partridge’s family

A British soldier has died in the final week of his training course in a tragic diving incident. An investigation has been launched into the death of Lance Corporal George Partridge at the National Dive Activity Centre in Chepstow, Gloucestershire. My heart goes out to Lance Corporal George Partridge’s family on this tragic loss of…

Phil Shiner and why it’s time for a full Inquiry

I was appalled, but not all together surprised, to read that disgraced lawyer Phil Shiner was paid £2.3 million by the MoD in the three years before his firm was declared bankrupt. The taxpayers’ cash was handed over to cover his legal fees as he raked in a fortune suing the MoD over dodgy war…

Staff conference with quality people

Thanks to everyone who attended our staff conference today, where we focused on the importance of quality – for our lawyers, work, clients and commitment. Over the last 12 months, the firm has enjoyed many successes with hugely important cases settling for record amounts.  We’ve been involved in parliamentary debates, influenced the closure of IHAT,…

Civil Liability Bill – another attack on society’s most seriously injured people

I am extremely concerned that the Civil Liability Bill, published by David Gauke, the justice secretary and lord chancellor, will result in people with catastrophic injuries returning to a situation where their compensation will not meet their needs. I act for catastrophically injured young soldiers who have served their country.   They need every penny when…

Fulfilling our duties to armed forces veterans – conference tomorrow

I am looking forward to attending The Return to ‘Civvy Street’: Fulfilling Our Duties to Armed Forces Veterans conference at the Grange Wellington Hotel in London tomorrow. http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IC22-PPE Whilst many of the 2.6 million former service personnel go on to lead healthy and productive lives, some veterans still face significant challenges in transitioning to civilian…

Mefloquine: suitable for use by the Military?

Whilst we must be encouraged by news this week of a further, successful, claim in damages for the British Military’s substandard care around the prescription of mefloquine as an anti-malarial prophylaxis, we cannot be surprised. Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd specialises in representing members of the Armed Forces, were actively involved in Parliament’s Defence Committee investigation…

PTSD and the MoD’s failure to heed the warning signs

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has paid out £5.5 million to 34 troops suffering acute post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The servicemen and women received an average of £161,764 each after the MoD conceded that mental illness brought about by their service will affect their personal and professional lives for years to come. The cases date…

Hilary skis to work!

Hilary Meredith overcame today’s wintery conditions and widespread traffic congestion by skiing to work. An unusual snowfall has covered European cities from Rome to London in a blanket of snow, closing schools and causing widespread travel problems but Hilary, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, wasn’t going to be deterred. Inspired by the Winter Olympics, she…

Iraq fatality investigations inquiry yet another disgrace – let’s stop this endless legal pursuit of service personnel

An army officer has waived his right to anonymity to criticise defence chiefs for paying out millions of pounds to “mendacious” lawyers who have brought allegations over the Iraq war. Major Robert Campbell, an expert in explosives ordnance disposal who faces another investigation over the death of an Iraqi teenager, revealed in The Times that…

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…