Pte Sean Benton inquest ‘to consider Deepcut bullying’

A fresh inquest into the death of an army recruit will examine whether he was bullied and harassed at the army base before he died. Pte Sean Benton, 20, was found with five gunshot wounds at Deepcut Barracks, in June 1995. His death was originally recorded as suicide, but a second inquest was ordered after…

Inquest not Public Inquiry should be first step after Grenfell Tower Tragedy

To ensure public confidence that the role of Government has been properly scrutinised, the Prime Minister must allow an inquest into the deaths caused by the Grenfell Tower fire BEFORE any Public Inquiry takes place. Concerns have been raised that a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire could potentially be a “whitewash” as it…

Good luck to Andy Reid on his Warrior Challenge

Andy Reid, community ambassador for Hilary Meredith Solicitors, will this month cycle 400 miles and kayak 125 miles over 14 days in memory of six soldiers who were killed in an explosion of their Warrior armoured vehicle in Afghanistan in 2012. The Warrior Challenge will also be raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity –…

Supporting Broughton House

It is always good to visit our official charity, Broughton House in Salford, and hear of the excellent work they are undertaking on behalf of veterans. Since it opened in 1916 Broughton House has cared for more than 8,000 veterans of our armed forces. The charity has embarked on plans to reopen as a brand…

Terror attack in Manchester

It’s taken me a few days to even consider talking about this shocking event at the Manchester Arena. My heart goes out to all those affected I cannot begin to imagine what parents must be going through. I’ve been to the Manchester Arena for years and my own daughter has been there with her friends…

Manifesto pledge misses the point

Access to justice is one of the key themes in the election manifestos of the main political parties. The Conservative manifesto was launched on Thursday 18 May. In response to a campaign led by the Hillsborough families, they would set up an “independent public advocate, who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster”….

Wythenshawe Safespots

Hilary Meredith Solicitors was delighted to sponsor a table at a fundraiser on Friday the 19th May 2017 at the Lifestyle Centre, Woodhouse Park, to support the Safespots in their first Charity Ball. Wythenshawe Safespots arose from a campaign by survivors of domestic abuse in the area to tackle domestic abuse in the area and…

Senior Lecturer in Law and Veterans’ Affairs

I am extremely honoured to receive the position of Senior Lecturer in Law and Veterans’ Affairs from the University of Chester.  I completed my law finals with a commendation from Chester so it is wonderful to be able to give back something back. The University of Chester’s Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’…

Improve road safety for cyclists says Inquiry

The health and safety of British cyclists is being failed by the justice system, an inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) has found. The APPCG published the findings from its inquiry into ‘Cycling and the Justice System’ yesterday – concluding that the next government must urgently address the issue of drivers…

Why the Armed Forces Covenant should be at the centre of government

As the first law firm to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, we fully endorse this week’s Defence Committee recommendations to ensure that implementation of the Covenant continues to be driven from the centre of government. The Report recommends the creation of a new Ministerial post within the Cabinet Office with responsibility for the Covenant, along…

Why we must protect Northern Ireland Veterans

Former British soldiers, who served in Northern Ireland up to the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, should be protected by a Statute of Limitations preventing further investigation and prosecution of incidents which occurred between almost 20 and almost 50 years ago. So says the Defence Committee in its report, “Investigations into fatalities in…

Flawed SAS investigation is a national disgrace

A multi-million-pound investigation into claims that the SAS covered up war crimes failed to find any evidence. Detectives launched the probe – which cost £6 million, according to defence sources – after being tipped off that SAS soldiers had doctored official reports and used fake photographs in an attempt to hide civilian deaths in Afghanistan….

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

We were delighted to join the Lord Mayor of the City of London at the 10th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch as the City united to support our Armed Forces last week. Taking place in the stunning surroundings of Guildhall the Lunch raised much needed funds for soldiers and veterans who have been affected…

Fabulous evening at the National Army Museum

I had a fabulous evening at the National Army Museum last night.  It is a great place if you have the time to visit.  The paintings depicting various conflicts around the world over the years are amazing. The painting of Afghanistan in 2010 depicts the contrast of the countryside and the beautiful terracotta colours against…

Why I fully support the Public Authority (Accountability) Bill

Bereaved families faced with inquiries and inquests will receive parity of funding with public bodies under the proposed ‘Hillsborough law’ to be debated in parliament tomorrow. Labour MP Andy Burnham will introduce the bill under the ‘10-minute’ rule allowing backbenchers to make his or her case for a new bill in a speech lasting up…

A guest blog – Ben’s wish

As part of my role as an Armed Forces community ambassador for Hilary Meredith Solicitors, I like to take part in local charity fundraising and challenges. March saw me take part in an event for a charity called Ben’s Wish. Ben is 10-year-old boy from Leigh, who was born with cerebral palsy and is currently…

The MoD and the shocking truth about blanket immunity

At APIL’s Military Conference on Friday we heard  the shocking truth from Dr Cynthia Shaw OBE, Senior Principal, Directorate of Judicial Engagement Policy at the Ministry of Defence. The MoD will “aggressively” push combat extension legislation through Parliament with little debate or objection. It  will not be held up by the Brexit debates. The consultation…

Michael Fallon and his ulterior motive

In a cost-cutting move, the MoD is scrapping the front line letters (e-blueys) between those serving on the front line and loved ones at home. As if that isn’t bad enough, Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon has put forward proposals that will effectively wipe out any duty of care the MoD owes to…

Government lawyer bashing shows no sign of letting up

Over the 25 years of my legal career I’ve  watched and adapted as various Governments and non practising lawyers have interfered with the law in an attempt to improve the system. All have in my view failed as a result of refusing to listen to the legal profession – those at the coalface who deal…