Hilary Meredith-Beckham calls for public inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome

Hilary Meredith-Beckham has today called for a public inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome.As new findings from American scientists pinpoint exposure to nerve agent sarin, possibly made worse by anthrax vaccinations, Hilary has worked with the Daily Express on a detailed double-page feature – has the mystery of Gulf War Syndrome finally been solved?The Daily Express…

Action for Brain Injury Week

Today marks the start of Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week (16th to 22nd May). Action for Brain Injury Week (ABI Week) is a nationally recognised week to raise awareness of brain injury. The campaign theme this year is See the Hidden Me which will raise awareness and understanding of the often misunderstood symptoms of…

Johnny Mercer leading by example in Ukraine

MP Johnny Mercer have bravely visited the frontline in Ukraine for a new Channel 4 documentary which airs on Sunday 3 April. Former soldier Mr Mercer was invited to the country by Ukranian MPs. He journeyed from Poland to Lviv and then Kyiv to experience first-hand the realities of war and offer his support to…

International Women’s Day 2022

At Hilary Meredith Solicitors, we are proud to support International Women’s Day 2022. Our founder and chair, Hilary Meredith-Beckham, is recognised as one of the most inspirational female solicitors in the UK. The award came at the Inspirational Women in Law Awards run by First 100 Years, a ground-breaking project, supported by the Law Society…

One million British army heroes facing mental health battle

A million UK military veterans have faced mental health woes, a new report says. Researchers found almost 40% of the 2.5 million ex-forces community have suffered depression, anxiety, alcoholism or post-traumatic stress. It shows veterans are twice as likely to develop mental health problems compared to people on civvy street. The report, in the British…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors introduces new hybrid working policy

After a long lock down and working from home, we are back! We have listened to our staff and feel the working environment will change for the better by the introducing a new hybrid working policy. Staff at the firm will work remotely and from the firm’s Wilmslow office on a rota basis. The approach…

Gabrielle Moseley from Hilary Meredith Solicitors appointed as magistrate

Gabrielle Moseley from Hilary Meredith Solicitors has been appointed as a magistrate. Gabrielle joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors in 2018 as a Legal Assistant and works on catastrophic injury claims. Prior to joining the firm, she graduated from Edgehill University in 2016 and went on to study the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law…

Lawyers are not the guilty party when it comes to medical negligence

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has questioned whether clinical negligence lawyers are blocking vital reforms because the status quo is too lucrative to change. Hunt, the chair of the health and social care committee, spoke following a two-hour hearing on the merits of non-adversarial systems in other parts of the world. The committee had earlier…

The best service personnel in the world deserve better equipment

In a new report, Labour has accused the Ministry of Defence of “wasting” £13bn of taxpayers’ money since 2010. The party used independently-collated data to identify 67 cases of “waste” – which it defines as when costs could have been reasonably avoided or reduced by better management. These include cancelled contracts and programmes that went…

Zero tolerance approach to personal injury fraud

Recent cases have again highlighted how fraudulent insurance claims are the scourge of the legal profession and indeed society. Personal injury fraud occurs when a person provides false information regarding a personal injury claim. It can also involve instances where a person files a claim for an injury that never occurred, or when they use…

Brian Wood – a true hero

Huge congratulations to Hilary Meredith Solicitors’ Ambassador, army veteran Brian Wood MC, who has finished his 25th marathon in 25 days – completing his epic 635-mile Ultimate Sacrifice Challenge.The former colour sergeant with 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment is raising money for the military charity, Walking with the Wounded.Mr Wood, who was awarded…

My thoughts on reforms to the House of Lords

Whilst payment for a seat in the Lords cannot be right, let’s not underestimate the hugely valuable role it plays in our political system. I have sat in the Lords listening to various debates on proposed legislation. Anyone who has done so cannot fail to appreciate the crucial work they undertake. The Lords acts as…

“Exasperated” Wallace knows where the buck stops

In an unprecedented move, The Times is reporting that Ben Wallace has summoned senior army generals to the Ministry of Defence for a dressing-down after becoming “exasperated” by a number of “worrying incidents” relating to culture and conduct in the service. It is the first time the defence secretary has “summoned” top brass to express…

Army suicides – service personnel still not asking for help

The regiment which suffered the most casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan also has the Army’s worst suicide rate, according to a new report by Sean Rayment in The Mirror. 66 soldiers from The Rifles were killed in action in both wars while a further 344 were wounded, according to official figures. Additionally, in the past…

RIP Dennis Hutchings

I am truly saddened by the death of Dennis Hutchings, an ex-soldier who has passed away while on trial over a fatal shooting during Northern Ireland’s Troubles. Mr Hutchings, 80, denied attempting to murder and cause grievous bodily harm to John Pat Cunningham. Mr Hutchings’ trial was adjourned for three weeks due to illness and…

Paralegal Position

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is a boutique law firm specialising in providing legal advice to current and former members of the Armed Forces community.Our award winning, claimant-based practice has established a strong reputation for campaigning for service personnel and protecting their rights. We are currently looking to recruit a Paralegal to personally assist Hilary Meredith with…

Wonderful and humbling day at Westminster Abbey

I was honoured to attend the Royal British Legion’s Centenary Service at Westminster Abbey today. The Queen was joined by her daughter Princess Anne at the national service to commemorate the 100-year milestone. The Royal British Legion has been a lifeline to the nation’s armed forces, veterans and the wider military family. Retired Lieutenant General…