Our advice to anyone facing an IHAT interview.

Think you might be arrested for questioning?  There are a number of current investigations that may affect serving and former members of the armed forces. These include the Bloody Sunday investigation by the PSNI, NI historical inquiries and the legacy inquests, Iraq historical allegations (IHAT) and more recently Op Northmoor (investigating Afghanistan allegations). Investigation procedures…

Crown censures inadequate in Brecon Beacons case

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it will administer a Crown Censure to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) over the deaths of three soldiers on a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in July 2013. https://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/hse-to-administer-crown-censure-to-mod-over-brecon-beacons-training-exercise-deaths/ While we welcome the recognition of the MoD’s gross failings in this case we do not consider…

Wheelchair tennis star Jamie in fine form

Hilary Meredith sponsored Jamie Burdekin has started 2016 in fine form. Wheelchair tennis star Jamie ended 2015 with the Nottingham Indoors Doubles Title back in November. He then started 2016 over in Australia in the Sydney Open Super Series where he got to the doubles final, narrowly being beaten, as well as the men’s QF….

Enjoy your skiing break – but take care

For those leaving this week for half term skiing, please take care. Ski conditions are different this year with late snow fall. Bad weather makes for congested lower slopes.  With my family now older, I travel outside of school holidays now when the slopes are hopefully less busy. Having just returned, this year we hit…

IHAT Inquiry is welcome news

I welcome the news that Johnny Mercer MP has secured a commitment from Chair of the Defence Select Committee, Dr Julian Lewis MP, to hold an inquiry into the actions of the ongoing Iraq Historic Allegation Team investigation. The inquiry will be spearheaded by the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View in either a…

JUSTICE TO BE DONE FOR OUR ARMED FORCES

This morning we have woken up to the news that David Cameron, Prime Minister, has ordered a “major crackdown on abuse by lawyers pursuing soldiers through the courts for simply serving their country and doing their jobs on operations”. The announcement has given me some relief that at long last, the Government is stepping in…

Why we welcome David Cameron’s war on witch hunt lawyers

Today’s breaking news:   –           PM has ordered changes to legal aid, no-win no-fee cases and civil courts –           In unprecedented move, David Cameron also threatened to sue a law firm –           Part of bid to stop witch-hunt against soldiers who were ‘doing their jobs’ –           No 10 source: ‘The Prime Minister is deeply concerned…

First Gulf War

It is 25 years since British involvement in the First Gulf War. I remember Margaret Thatcher making the decision to go to war and, in the aftermath, how we fought for justice for those who served and the legacy which became known as Gulf War Syndrome. Of course there wasn’t a syndrome as such this…

Lariam Update

It has been reported by the Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer that the Ministry of Defence has admitted to the Defence Select Committee that they failed to follow the manufactures guidelines when prescribing the anti-malaria drug Lariam to its troops. It is rare for the MOD to make such an admission and it will be warmly…

Army earplugs and hearing loss

There is a story in the press today about the Army paying out compensation to an ex soldier because gunfire damaging his hearing, Philip Goodman suffered hearing loss when his earplugs fell out during a mock battle in Pembroke. The MoD has known for many years that the ear plus they provide are simply not…

Combat immunity

I wholeheartedly agree with the letter to the editor from Sir Desmond De Silva QC (www.sirdesmonddesilvaqc.com) in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph, where he states that Human Rights legislation is totally inappropriate on the battlefield and the law of armed conflict should operate. I have long suggested that combat immunity is appropriate in wartime where, in the…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd launches new Family Law department

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has expanded its service offering with the launch of a Family Law department. Already regarded as the UK’s leading Military law firm and Personal injury specialists, the firm has appointed highly regarded solicitor Paul Reay to head up its new team. Paul, who joins the firm from Lewis Rodgers Solicitors, is…

Fraudsters found guilty – congratulations Keoghs & Churchill Insurance

In a recent case the persistence of Churchill Insurance (part of Direct Line Group) coupled with investigations by defendant law firm, Keoghs, has resulted in four fraudsters being sentenced to a combined 24 months at the Liverpool High Court on 22 December 2015.Many congratulations to Keoghs and Churchill for this verdict it is in everyone’s…

Christmas Present Raffle

Every year Hilary Meredith Solicitors pools all the Christmas presents we kindly receive and has a staff raffle to raise money for the Royal British Legion.  This also means that every member of staff has the opportunity to receive a lovely present to thank them for the contribution they have made over the course of…

Young professionals netball league – match report

Last night saw team HMS play Freeths in the Manchester Young Professionals Netball League. Having analysed Freeths’ earlier results and having noticed what a tall team we were up against, HMS knew we would have to be on form with our tactics in order to secure a win against a tough team. Fortunately we had…

SRA “competency” project long overdue

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to launch a research project on the “competence” of personal injury lawyers. This review of competency in the personal injury sector is long overdue. For too long, we have been badly affected by rogue players trying to make a fast profit instead of providing a sustainable, quality offering to…

Further proof of why AFCS is failing to protect our soldiers

There is a disturbing story in today’s Daily Mail. dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3341988/How-wife-heartless-Simon-maimed-Taliban-bomb-wife-walked-squandered-1million-compensation-took-court-MORE.html Simon Vaughan was awarded £1.1m after his vehicle hit by bomb in Afghanistan.  The 31-year-old soldier was left brain-damaged and in a wheelchair after blast.  His wife Donna, 33, walked out on him in 2013 after squandering his payout. Those who follow my blog know…

Medical Research learned in battlefield helping civilians

I was fortunate to attend the Royal British Legion Annual Research Update Event held at the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London yesterday.  The day comprised of speakers who are leaders in their field from the scientific community, from various backgrounds including military, medical and engineering.  What was very…

Is cheating rife in the Construction Industry

Construction workers across the UK are required to hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card which provides “proof” that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. These cards are seen as an industry benchmark.  It was therefore of concern to read of…