Mohammed v MoD – at last common sense has prevailed

At last a sensible decision in the case of Mohammed and others v Ministry of Defence. https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2015-0218.html British forces held Taliban bomb maker Serdar Mohammed in detention longer that the permitted 96 hours for “imperative reasons of security”. The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the rules designed for peace keeping could not easily be adapted…

Thrilled to be shortlisted at Manchester Legal Awards

We are thrilled to be shortlisted for Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Team of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Legal Awards. The Manchester Legal Awards are organised by  Manchester Law Society to “recognise and reward the wide range of skills and talent this region has to offer” to the legal sector.  The winners will…

End of Ulster witch-hunt? Let’s hope so

I was pleased to read that police and prosecutors will be banned by law from turning investigations of British troops in Northern Ireland into a ‘witch-hunt’. Ministers have begun work on legislation which will compel authorities to treat historical cases with ‘proportionality’, reports the Daily Mail. Under proposals being drafted in Whitehall, there would be…

A sign of things to come?

I was concerned to read that the MoD is refusing to give details of how a young British soldier lost his life during a training mission in Iraq. Could this be a sign of things to come? The MoD’s current proposals on combat immunity would throw a blanket of secrecy over all military operations and…

Combat immunity – a Whitehall whitewash

The Secretary of State for Defence has announced new plans to place a blanket of immunity over all MoD operations. To throw a smoke screen called combat immunity over every military operation will send us back to the pre 1987 days when circumstances of all injury and deaths were secret and known only within the…

Intimidated by the Ministry of Defence – I’ve been there too

It has been revealed that the Conservative MP presiding over a parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of Iraq war veterans has received texts in the middle of the night from Government officials demanding he be less critical of ministers. Johnny Mercer, a former Army captain, told The Telegraph in an interview: “The texts have been…

Why I am calling for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) to be shut down

Today I am calling for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) to be shut down. There has been much reported about Ihat including the bully-boy tactics of investigators posing as detectives with powers of arrest when non-existed. The rights afforded to anyone arrested by the police under PACE have also been completely absent. Then there…

Shame on you Phil Shiner

A lawyer whose firm brought hundreds of claims against British troops for war crimes has admitted he acted without integrity and paid a tout thousands to find him cases. Phil Shiner, from Public Interest Lawyers, wrote a letter confessing some of his actions to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over his firm’s alleged involvement in false…

Northern Ireland – yet another witch-hunt

There are reports today that a new probe has been launched into all 302 killings by British troops in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. Around 1,000 former servicemen, many now in their 60s and 70s, will have their actions brought under scrutiny in the legal inquiry. The 238 ‘fatal incidents’, which involved the deaths of…

MoD’s request for extra AFCS funds doesn’t bode well for the future

It has been reported that a blunder at the Treasury has forced the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to ask for an extra £438 million from emergency funds to cover payments from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. The error was exposed last week when Mark Lancaster, MoD parliamentary under-secretary, admitted an “inadvertent publishing error” had been…

Defence Secretary to outline new proposals for troops injured in combat

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon will today announce a 12-week consultation on plans to increase awards for servicemen and women injured in combat. This will be a huge relief to soldiers injured in the front line. We have fought long and hard to help soldiers seriously injured or harmed in the battlefield. The MoD quite…

Coroner backs legal aid for Birmingham Six inquests

The families of those killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings should have properly funded legal representation at the new inquests into their deaths, a senior coroner said yesterday. Judge Peter Thornton, QC, who will conduct the hearings into the deaths of 21 people in the IRA bombing of two city centre pubs, said there…

Thrilled and honoured

I was thrilled and honoured to be named as Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at 2016 Eclipse Personal Injury Awards last night. The awards, now in their ninth year, took place at the Grange St. Paul’s hotel in London. Organised by Barker Brooks Communications, the publisher of Claims Media, they were attended by…

Jonny Mercer – a talented, passionate and committed MP

I was at the Carlton Club last night for a dinner hosted by Johnny Mercer MP, Chair of the Defence subcommittee looking into support for former and serving personnel subject to judicial processes. Johnny, a former soldier, talked of his journey to become MP for Plymouth, his desire to look after his constituents, his passion…

Military Veterans and their Families wellbeing symposium

I spent yesterday at the University of Chester’s beautiful riverside campus as the guest speaker at the Military Veterans and their Families wellbeing symposium hosted by the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing. This was the first symposium and it was well supported by a large audience including the Deans of the…

Broughton House is our new charity

I am delighted we have chosen Broughton House as our official charity for the next twelve months. Based in Salford, Broughton House is the sole independent provider of nursing and residential care for veterans of the armed forces and merchant navy in the North West. Broughton House was formed in 1916 by Colonel Sir William…

Centre for blast injury studies – annual networking event

It was a real privilege for Hilary Meredith and I to once again the Annual Networking event 2016 at the Centre for Blast Injury Studies held at Imperial College London. Blast injury is the most complex of all injuries sustained by military personnel.  A multidisciplinary approach is required to get these injured service men and…

Truth will out

MP Johnny Mercer today asked “what the hell’s going on?” as it emerged that a member of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) had been sacked for impersonating a police officer. A second similar allegation was also currently under investigation, the defence sub-committee was told. It was also confirmed that one member of the controversial…

Congratulations to Royal British Legion

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that the Covenant Fund will work with Royal British Legion (RBL) and other charities to set up a one-stop service to better support the UK’s Armed Forces veterans community. The £2 million Veterans Gateway programme will help veterans find and access advice and support on a broad range…