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…

My thoughts are with Lance Corporal George Partridge’s family

A British soldier has died in the final week of his training course in a tragic diving incident. An investigation has been launched into the death of Lance Corporal George Partridge at the National Dive Activity Centre in Chepstow, Gloucestershire. My heart goes out to Lance Corporal George Partridge’s family on this tragic loss of…

Phil Shiner and why it’s time for a full Inquiry

I was appalled, but not all together surprised, to read that disgraced lawyer Phil Shiner was paid £2.3 million by the MoD in the three years before his firm was declared bankrupt. The taxpayers’ cash was handed over to cover his legal fees as he raked in a fortune suing the MoD over dodgy war…

Staff conference with quality people

Thanks to everyone who attended our staff conference today, where we focused on the importance of quality – for our lawyers, work, clients and commitment. Over the last 12 months, the firm has enjoyed many successes with hugely important cases settling for record amounts.  We’ve been involved in parliamentary debates, influenced the closure of IHAT,…

Civil Liability Bill – another attack on society’s most seriously injured people

I am extremely concerned that the Civil Liability Bill, published by David Gauke, the justice secretary and lord chancellor, will result in people with catastrophic injuries returning to a situation where their compensation will not meet their needs. I act for catastrophically injured young soldiers who have served their country.   They need every penny when…

Fulfilling our duties to armed forces veterans – conference tomorrow

I am looking forward to attending The Return to ‘Civvy Street’: Fulfilling Our Duties to Armed Forces Veterans conference at the Grange Wellington Hotel in London tomorrow. http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IC22-PPE Whilst many of the 2.6 million former service personnel go on to lead healthy and productive lives, some veterans still face significant challenges in transitioning to civilian…