Road Safety Week 2020

Hilary Meredith Solicitors fully supports Road Safety Week, which runs from November 16th to November 22nd. Road Safety Week, organised by ‘Brake’, a road safety charity, is an annual event and the biggest road safety awareness event in the UK. During Road Safety Week, thousands of organisations, schools and communities take part, with road safety…

Remembrance Sunday events can go-ahead despite new Covid lockdown

Guidelines on how Remembrance Sunday activities can go ahead have been published as new Covid-19 restrictions come into force for England with a second lockdown. The government is advising local authorities in England and faith leaders that they can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial or cenotaph, if they complete a Covid-19…

Who let the dogs out?

The year is 2020 and just when you thought this year couldn’t get any stranger the US Military have now gone and “released the hounds” (to quote Charles Montgomery “Monty” Burns) albeit these hounds are robots! https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1333295/us-air-force-robot-dogs-army-defend-military-bases Being a fan of both Sci-Fi and the ‘Terminator’ film franchise, I am well aware of the lessons…

New BBC drama, Danny Boy, tells heroic Brian Wood’s story

I’m very much looking forward to watching the upcoming BBC Two drama Danny Boy, which has recently begun filming. The feature-length programme is described by the BBC as a “compelling new drama” and will tell the real-life story of Iraq veteran Brian Wood who found himself falsely accused of war crimes by the Iraq Historic…

The money-saving inspired motive behind the Overseas Operations Bill

New figures obtained by shadow Defence Secretary John Healey, reported in The Mirror, show that for every claim of mistreatment by British soldiers in warzones there are 25 against the MoD for injury or negligence by the soldiers themselves. Ministers say the new Overseas Operations Bill will protect troops from vexatious claims and endless investigations….

Judge-led Inquiry into investigation of troops is a step in the right direction

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Ministry of Defence has ordered a judge-led Inquiry into investigations of our troops, which could block repeated inquiries into allegations. The Defence Secretary said the review into how allegations of wrongdoing are raised and investigated will help tackle the uncertainty faced by military personnel on future overseas operations….

Overseas Operations Bill – what next?

There has been much debate and comment over the government’s Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill, including this article by well-respected legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon). https://rozenberg.substack.com/p/a-clean-slate-after-five-years Much of the Overseas Operations Bill has been brought as a result of the panic caused by the IHAT investigation (described as a “poisoned well” by…

Help for Heroes and the devastating financial impact of Covid-19

I was sad to read about the devastating financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Help for Heroes. The armed forces charity this week announced the difficult decision to undergo a major restructure in order to protect their life-changing recovery services. Help for Heroes rely on public donations for 97% of income but this has…

75th Anniversary of VJ Day – paying tribute to our veterans

The Royal Family is today leading the UK’s commemorations of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – the day World War Two ended with Japan’s surrender.The Prince of Wales will attend a memorial while the Duke of Cambridge will appear in a special TV programme.VJ Day – or Victory over Japan Day – on 15…

#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…