Letter to The Times – soldiers being hung out to dry  

Times columnist Melanie Phillips is absolutely right when she says soldiers are being hung out to dry for errors that go right up the defence food chain. Most of the claims referred to the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) have been proved to be bogus and have been fuelled by the promise of compensation cheques…

The MoD needs to support our troops

If we send our troops into areas of conflict then entertain spurious claims by so called civilians that spiral into prosecutions of individual serving men and women with no support, backing or independent legal advice then we need to seriously question going in the first place. The fallout of involving our military in overseas conflicts…

IHAT – more stories emerge

There are yet more shocking, but entirely believable, stories about the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) in the media today. The Telegraph is reporting that a highly commended former Army officer praised for her work in Iraq was arrested and physically restrained in her own home during a dawn raid by officers investigating historical abuses…

Fraud must be stamped out

A father of three who tried to claim £15,000 for a personal injury has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for fabricating his road traffic accident claim. The High Court heard Bernard Parmar made or caused to be made six separate false statements of truth following the collision between a Jaguar and a Vauxhall…

Why I welcome the Chief Coroner’s call

The Chief Coroner has called for bereaved families to be given exceptional funding for legal representation in cases where the state has agreed to provide separate representation for one or more interested parties. Publishing his third and final annual report, HH Judge Peter Thornton QC says in a small number of inquests the family of…

Delighted to present award to RBL National Chairman, Terry Whittles

I was delighted to today present the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group Legal Service Provider of the Year glass award to Royal British Legion National Chairman, Terry Whittles. At the event, which took place at Haig House in London, I also spoke about the role of the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group and the work…

Jamie going for gold!

Hilary Meredith sponsored wheelchair tennis player Jamie Burdekin is aiming to serve up Paralympic success in Rio after the games opened to a backdrop of colour and music last night. Jamie, who won bronze in the quad doubles at Beijing 2008, is competing at his third Paralympic Games and has over 10 years’ experience of…

Army veterans and mental health issues – they all deserve our support

  The front page of today’s Times reads – Military charities accused of inflating combat stress problem.  The story goes on to say that military charities are exaggerating the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans to raise funds.  Ed Parker, chief executive of Walking with the Wounded, which is supported by Prince Harry,…

Philippa Tuckman Talking on Radio 5 Live About MOD Duty of Care

Philiipa Tuckman was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live regarding the Ministry of Defence Duty of Care following the recent death of a soldier whilst on a night time training exercise in Northumberland. The interview can be heard by pressing the arrow on the following recording:

Forces mental health disorders reach record levels

The number of serving and ex-forces personnel suffering from mental disorders has hit record levels – but veterans have told The Independent that unlike those with visible injuries, the men and women left with the “hidden wounds” of mental trauma are being left to struggle against an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme determined to give them…

Kicking fraud in to touch

It is absolutely right that two football fans face combined costs of more than £12,000 after their personal injury claims were dismissed and found to be fundamentally dishonest, resulting in costs protection being set aside by Leeds County Court. The pair had made injury claims after travelling on a bus packed full of football supporters…

Saddened by soldier’s death

I was saddened to read about the death of Emma Beeney, a serving soldier on leave, who was hit by a generator falling from the back of a lorry. How can this be allowed to happen? It rings horrible similarities to a case I was involved in a few years ago when metal sheeting on…

Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor

I was deeply saddened to hear that the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, has died at the age of 64. Our paths crossed frequently over the years as a result of our passion for the armed forces and I was once the proud recipient of the Duke of Westminster’s Award for Business. The Duke…

Fighting insurance fraud

Settlement agreements in personal injury claims can be set aside where new evidence comes to light which proves a fraudulent claim, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled. One of the world’s biggest insurance companies, Zurich, overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that had handed Colin Hayward nearly £135,000 after he had been hurt at work…

Disgraceful treatment of Soldier C echoes Iraq witch-hunt

A former paratrooper (Solder C) who was awarded the British Empire Medal for his heroic actions during a distinguished career now faces prosecution for the shooting dead of IRA commander Joe McCann more than 40 years ago. The 65 year had been cleared of any wrongdoing over the killing in 1972. Two months ago Soldier…

Time To Stop Hiding Away

The Ministry of Defence must show leadership from the top and face up to its responsibilities says Hilary Meredith The long awaited Chilcot report has now been published – as has the Government’s response to the groundbreaking Beyond Endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care report. Chilcot makes it clear that our troops were…