Police crackdown on use of mobiles when driving has my full support

Police in England and Wales are conducting a week-long crackdown on motorists who use their mobile phones while driving. The move follows government plans to double fines and points for using a mobile while driving – a move I fully support. Recent court sentences illustrate that in-car mobile phone abuse isn’t a crime committed by…

Croydon Tram Derailment

Five people died and more than 50 others were injured when a tram derailed and overturned in south London this morning. It is difficult to comprehend how this can happen.  Surely there should have been sufficient in built systems to stop something like this happening.  It is understood that the driver has now been arrested …

Why sickness records in resorts do not always match up with claims being pursued

There are reports today that travel association ABTA has met with officials from the Ministry of Justice to discuss gastric illness compensation claims made through UK claims management companies. ABTA states that it has evidence showing that the significant increase in gastric illness claims does not match with recorded sickness levels in resorts. These claims…

Credit to Prince Harry for supporting our troops

Full credit to Prince Harry who has ‘blasted’ an ongoing investigation ‘hounding British soldiers’ over alleged war crime committed during fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.   It is understood the royal has labelled both the Iraq Historic Allegations Team and Afghan War-centric Operation Northmoor a ‘joke’.   He is said to be ‘deeply concerned’ about the ordeal…

Crackdown long overdue

Hundreds of British soldiers who have been falsely accused of wrongdoing in foreign conflicts deserve compensation, the former head of the army has said. Lord Richard Dannatt, writing in The Telegraph, was highly critical of the controversial Iraq Historic Allegations Team, which is investigating almost 1,500 allegations of mistreatment and unlawful killing of Iraqis. He highlighted the case…

Is the Government missing the point?

I welcome news that Prime Minister Theresa May has said she wants to end the “industry” of vexatious claims against the armed forces to demonstrate to soldiers that they have “our full confidence and backing”. It comes amid mounting criticism of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat), which was set up to investigate allegations of…

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…