Sending our men and women to the frontline changes them forever

The Ministry of Defence is looking into suicide rates among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Cases where former servicemen and women have taken their own lives will be the focus of the research. It will look into the causes of death among those who left the Armed Forces. It’s been reported that more…

Sad to hear about Roberts Jackson demise

I was terribly saddened to hear of the demise of yet another great law firm, Roberts Jackson. Not only was founder Karen Jackson a neighbour, her office was near to mine in Wilmslow.   She is a good friend and an excellent lawyer. Karen prides herself on excellence and invested in the training of her staff…

52% of total injuries amongst UK Armed Forces occur during training

New figures show that more injuries are caused during training than in any other activity for full-time members of the Armed Forces. The figures have been published in the same week as families and lawyers call on the Ministry of Defence to be stripped of its immunity from prosecution after two SAS servicemen were acquitted…

Sea King helicopters and asbestos

Military staff who worked on Sea King helicopters, which have been in service since 1969, are being warned they may have been exposed to asbestos. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is urgently removing parts suspected of containing the harmful material from its aircraft and, according to The Mail on Sunday, thousands of engineers may be…

Live firing exercise death so terribly sad

An Army captain has been jailed for 18 months after a soldier was killed during a live firing exercise. Capt Jonathan Price was also dismissed from the Army by the court martial for the gross negligence manslaughter of Ranger Michael Maguire. The 21-year-old was hit by a stray bullet at the Castlemartin Range, Pembrokeshire in…

Why the lives of our frontline troops depend on effective MoD procurement

Congratulations to Stuart Andrew MP on his appointment as Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for procurement, a position first held by Philip Dunne MP (2015-2016) and then, more recently, by Harriett Baldwin MP 2016-2018. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is responsible for the Equipment Plan, defence industry and…

Witch hunt against our veterans needs to stop but IRA amnesty is not the answer

In a letter to leaked to the press, it has emerged that Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has backed an amnesty for IRA killers as the price for ending the witch-hunt of historic prosecutions against British troops serving in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. The witch hunt against our veterans needs to stop but a statute…

Defence Secretary praises Broughton House

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson yesterday visited Broughton House and praised the care it provides to veterans and its vision for the future. The Defence Secretary met with veterans, staff and board members during his tour and learned more about Broughton House’s redevelopment plans. The two-acre site is to be transformed into a Veterans’ Care Village…

Armed Forces Day 2018 – the countdown continues

The countdown continues to Armed Forces Day 2018, which takes place this Saturday 30 June. Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and…

Defence Committee calls for statute of limitations

Last week I outlined my proposals for new legislation to protect service personnel and veterans from prosecution in the line of duty. In recent times military service personnel have been exposed to individual prosecution like never before – in particular historic cases from Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. Whilst each set of circumstances and reasons…

Support grows for statute of limitations

Support is growing for the introduction of a statute of limitations preventing the prosecution of army veterans for historic offences – but there remains a great deal of work to be done. In his final speech before moving to Brussels to become chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach today told…

Royal Charter

I was honoured to attend the City of London Solicitors’ Company’s Royal Charter celebration at the Guildhall last night. The company received its Royal Charter in 1957 and the current Master’s year therefore sits across the 60th Anniversary of the grant of the Charter. To recognise this, Liverymen and Freemen were invited to attend a…

Heropreneurs Awards

Congratulations to Andy Reid, community ambassador at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, on being nominated at the inaugural Heropreneurs Awards. The Heropreneurs Awards, in association with The Telegraph, is a new scheme created to celebrate the success and entrepreneurial spirit of ex-members – and their families – of the Armed Forces. Andy is shortlisted for the special…

NHS underfunding – how can we relieve the pressure?

New figures have again highlighted how the current “sticking plaster” approach to NHS underfunding is not working. In a major report, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says that merely to maintain provision at current levels, spending on healthcare will have to rise by an average 3.3 per cent a year above inflation over the…

Why the MoD’s modernisation programme is not moving quickly enough

A report in today’s Independent says Britain’s armed forces could be almost £21bn short of the money it needs to buy equipment to combat mounting threats over the next decade. The Public Accounts Committee said it was “highly sceptical” that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) ongoing modernisation programme would solve affordability issues and ensure Britain’s…

Delighted to sponsor Headway Wirral’s new support group in West Kirby

We were delighted to sponsor the launch of Headway Wirral’s new support group at the impressive Westbourne Hall in West Kirby today. Headway is a fantastic UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury.  The charity does a great and important job in supporting people with brain injury through a wide range of…