#SaluteOurForces

I pay tribute to the bravery of our Armed Forces every day of the year, but today, on Armed Forces Day 2020, I’d particularly like to salute all our service personnel, veterans and their families.Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much-valued morale boost for our troops and their families. Unfortunately, due to the…

Operation Northmoor shut down – why the secrecy?

he Defence Secretary was last night accused of a cover-up after it emerged a £10million probe into Afghan veterans was secretly closed down a year ago. Operation Northmoor was ended by the provost marshal heading the Royal Military Police investigation last summer, according to a defence source. At its height, the special police unit was…

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…

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…

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…

In support of army veteran, Dennis Hutchings

A dying Army veteran facing trial over a fatal shooting in Northern Ireland 46 years ago has said that he will bring a Judicial Review on the grounds that British veterans are suffering ‘discriminatory treatment’ by the criminal justice system, in an attempt to halt the controversial case. Great-grandfather Dennis Hutchings, 78, is facing charges…

Human Rights Act pledges need careful scrutiny

Press reports today suggest the Conservatives are pledging to end the “unfair trials” of soldiers accused of murders in Northern Ireland by banning inquests from returning verdicts of unlawful killings for deaths during the Troubles. The party is pledging to amend the Human Rights Act to exclude any death in Northern Ireland that took place…

Military psychiatrist says the government is failing in its duty of care to veterans

A leading military psychiatrist has accused the government of failing in its duty of care to veterans. Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health at King’s College London, says former personnel are being left frightened and alone – despite the existence of the Armed Forces Covenant. Professor Greenberg says the promise to give priority health…

Veteran friendly GPs have my full support

It is encouraging to read that an increasing number of GPs are signing up to become ‘veteran friendly’ under a national scheme launched last year to improve medical care and treatment for former members of the armed services. The scheme, called the Military Veteran Aware Accreditation, has been adopted by NHS England and the Royal…

Veterans’ Centre shortlisted for award

I am delighted and proud that the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing at the University of Chester, where I am Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs, has been shortlisted for the Military and Civilian Partnership Award at the Health Service Journal Awards 2019. The Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in…

Veterans’ Office is a giant leap forward

I am delighted Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is to establish Britain’s first dedicated veterans’ office with the aim of stopping the legal witch-hunt against our troops. Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, a former Army officer and frontline soldier, was yesterday appointed veterans minister working across the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence. The idea is that…

Proud to play our part in the Veterans’ Pledge

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is proud to have worked with MPs on a new campaign to end a host of ongoing injustices against military veterans. Under the three-part Veterans’ Pledge, which is being supported by The Sun Newspaper, we are urging Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt when they enter No10 to agree to: 1. Create a…

Proud to support Broughton House

I am proud to be supporting Broughton House as a Trustee of the charity. Broughton House was originally founded under the name East Lancashire Home for Sailors and Soldiers in 1916 to care for soldiers and sailors who had been injured during the First World War. As a much-loved institution of Greater Manchester and the…

The shores of Normandy

In the cold grey light of the sixth of June, in the year of forty-four, The Empire Larch sailed out from Poole to join with thousands more. The largest fleet the world had seen, we sailed in close array, And we set our course for Normandy at the dawning of the day. There was not…

MPs debating whether Northern Ireland veterans should be given immunity 

MPs will today debate whether or not veterans who served in Northern Ireland should be given immunity. The Commons debate follows the success of a petition urging the Government to excuse Northern Ireland veterans from historical criminal investigations.  It was signed by more than 146,000 people. Why would you serve in the British Military to…