UK soldiers unlikely to be prosecuted over Iraq war crime claims now deserve an apology

British soldiers who have been accused of committing war crimes in Iraq are unlikely to face criminal prosecution.Independent investigators were asked to look at thousands of allegations made against the British military after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.But the director of the Service Prosecution Authority (SPA) said just one remaining case was being examined.Andrew…

Troubles troops amnesty – latest thoughts

Recent reports in The Guardian suggest that Northern Ireland’s human rights commissioner has warned the government it is at risk of breaching the law with “puzzling and troublesome” plans to limit prosecutions of British soldiers who served during the Troubles. In a letter, Les Allamby said he had told ministers he had “deep initial concerns”…

Veterans UK bows to pressure and reopens its doors to look into urgent cases

After lobbying the Government on behalf of service personnel and veterans for the last six weeks, Hilary Meredith Solicitors has welcomed news that Veterans UK, the support organisation responsible for administering the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), is to look into urgent cases. Hilary Meredith Solicitors has been in communication with Veterans UK over a…

Government urged to follow its own guidance so army veterans can receive desperately needed payments

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is calling on the Government to follow its own return to work guidance so that army veterans can receive desperately needed payments. Veterans UK, the support organisation responsible for administering the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), remains unaware of pre-lockdown Tribunal decisions and unable to process casework and payments. Hilary Meredith Solicitors…

Government’s response to Protecting Veterans Inquiry – our reaction

Hilary Meredith, who acts for service personnel, veterans and their families and provided evidence to the Drawing a Line: Protecting Veterans by a Statute of Limitations Inquiry, has called for all veterans facing investigation to be guaranteed immediate access to independent legal advice. The Defence Committee yesterday published the Government’s Response to the previous Committee’s…

COVID-19 doctors should get heat of the battle style “Combat Immunity” says lawyer

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is calling for “combat immunity” to be extended to doctors and nurses – giving them greater legal protection in the fight against COVID-19. Widely known for its work on behalf of armed forces service personnel, veterans and their families, Hilary Meredith Solicitors says battlefield legal principles should apply to medics in their…

COVID-19 – let’s salute our Armed Forces

Our Armed Forces are continuing to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic. From getting the NHS Nightingale Hospital at London’s ExCel from conception to reality in just 9 days, to supporting civilian authorities across the country. Here are just a few examples of how troops are working to keep us all safe: – Over 2700 personnel…

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme has gone missing in action

In last week’s Times Law, Lord Burnett of Maldon, the most senior judge in England and Wales, explained how a “remarkable” aspect of “these sombre times” is that “in just a few weeks great strides have been made in the use of technology, which traditionally would have taken much longer”. And he’s right. Throughout the…

We are recruiting – Immediate Opportunities

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is the UK’s leading military law firm, acting for service personnel, veterans and their families. Our award-winning team looks after clients whose injuries range from relatively minor to catastrophic. Due to ongoing expansion, a number of exciting opportunities have arisen within our Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Department. SOLICITOR ROLE: 2 – 5…

Incredible army veteran raises over £5 million for the NHS!

To update my blog from yesterday, 99-year-old army veteran Tom Moore has now raised an incredible £5 million (as of 10am this morning) for the NHS! Tom originally hoped to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, to thank “magnificent” staff after recent treatment for a broken hip and cancer by walking 100 laps of his…

Incredible army veteran set to raise over £500k for NHS

Examples of the military playing their part in the the huge national fight back against Coronavirus are widespread, but a special mention must go to 99-year-old army veteran, Tom Moore who is set to raise over £500,000 by completing 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday, walking with the aid of a frame. Tom…

Lawyer slams AFCS Tribunal for refusing telephone hearing

Armed forces solicitor Natalie Robinson has criticised the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Tribunal for its failure to adapt to the Coronavirus crisis – after being refused a telephone hearing. Natalie, Head of Hilary Meredith Solicitors’ Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) department said: “I travelled from Wilmslow to Hampshire yesterday, and have come into…

Hilary Meredith welcomes plans to protect veterans from ‘vexatious claims’

The government will today present new legislation to protect military personnel and veterans from prosecution for alleged historical offences in conflicts overseas. The legislation proposes a five-year limit on criminal prosecutions from the date of an incident – unless there is compelling new evidence – and a six-year limit for any civil case involving personal…

Hilary Meredith slams new Veterans UK website for “peddling misleading information and cynically exploiting veterans and their families”

A leading military lawyer has accused Veterans UK of “peddling misleading information and cynically exploiting veterans and their families”. Referring to the Ministry of Defence’s new Veterans UK website, Hilary Meredith, founder and Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester said: “I am absolutely…

WE ARE RECRUITING – PARALEGAL (WITH LITIGATION EXPERIENCE)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join an award winning Wilmslow based claimant solicitor’s practice with a national and international client base. We are currently recruiting for a paralegal to assist Director and Solicitor with a large caseload of multi-track Clinical Negligence cases. The role will be to work under supervision and in line with…

WE ARE RECRUITING – CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE SOLICITOR

We are currently recruiting for a 2-4 year PQE Assistant Solicitor to assist Director and Solicitor with a large caseload of multi-track Clinical Negligence cases. You will have a strong desire to work in this area of law and experience in handling Clinical Negligence or Personal Injury cases. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES: • Ensure cases are progressed…

WE ARE RECRUITING – MULTI-TRACK PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITOR

MULTI-TRACK PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITOR A highly attractive position has arisen for a qualified Personal Injury Solicitor (5-7 years PQE) to join our Multi-Track team. This is a great opportunity to join a forward thinking practice with an excellent reputation within the industry. The ideal candidate must have substantial experience in Multi-Track Claimant Personal Injury work…