Saddened by soldier’s death

I was saddened to read about the death of Emma Beeney, a serving soldier on leave, who was hit by a generator falling from the back of a lorry. How can this be allowed to happen? It rings horrible similarities to a case I was involved in a few years ago when metal sheeting on…

Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor

I was deeply saddened to hear that the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, has died at the age of 64. Our paths crossed frequently over the years as a result of our passion for the armed forces and I was once the proud recipient of the Duke of Westminster’s Award for Business. The Duke…

Fighting insurance fraud

Settlement agreements in personal injury claims can be set aside where new evidence comes to light which proves a fraudulent claim, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled. One of the world’s biggest insurance companies, Zurich, overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that had handed Colin Hayward nearly £135,000 after he had been hurt at work…

Disgraceful treatment of Soldier C echoes Iraq witch-hunt

A former paratrooper (Solder C) who was awarded the British Empire Medal for his heroic actions during a distinguished career now faces prosecution for the shooting dead of IRA commander Joe McCann more than 40 years ago. The 65 year had been cleared of any wrongdoing over the killing in 1972. Two months ago Soldier…

Time To Stop Hiding Away

The Ministry of Defence must show leadership from the top and face up to its responsibilities says Hilary Meredith The long awaited Chilcot report has now been published – as has the Government’s response to the groundbreaking Beyond Endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care report. Chilcot makes it clear that our troops were…

Government rejects proposals to reform military exemptions in the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007

Response by Hilary Meredith The Government has today published its response to the Beyond Endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care report – rejecting proposals to reform the military exemptions in the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007. Hilary Meredith, CEO at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, gave evidence to the Beyond Endurance Inquiry which…

Government rejects proposals to reform military exemptions in the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007

Response by Philippa Tuckman The Government has today published its response to the Beyond Endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care report – rejecting proposals to reform the military exemptions in the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007. Philippa Tuckman, partner at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, gave evidence to the Beyond Endurance Inquiry which…

Troops sent to war with poor, inadequate equipment 

The Chilcot Report confirmed what bereaved families and servicemen and women have been saying for over a decade – they were sent to war with poor, inadequate equipment:  they were made to make do. Taking vehicles as an example, at the start of operations in Iraq, the MOD knew there were gaps in respect of…

Chilcot Report needs to usher in new culture of responsibility within the Ministry of Defence says soldiers’ lawyer

A lawyer who regularly gives evidence to Defence Committee Inquiries says the Chilcot Report needs to usher in a new culture of responsibility within the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Philippa Tuckman, military negligence expert and partner at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, appeared before the Committee in the Inquiry which recommended the MoD should be stripped of…

Chilcot Report a “fork in the road” for Ministry of Defence

The long awaited Chilcot report is published on Wednesday, with a leading lawyer saying it represents a fork in the road for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). “Predictably, there are already indications that the international courts will be all over Chilcot looking for issues of abuse of war crimes by the British military,” says Hilary…

The Lawyer Awards

I was delighted to attend The Lawyer Awards,  representing The Royal British Legion Solicitors Group (TRBLSG) last night. Taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel overlooking Canary Wharf, the awards celebrated excellence across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the Bar. TRBLSG was established in 1988 by a group of like minded solicitors,…

Jamie aiming to serve up Paralympic success in Rio

We are delighted with the news that Jamie Burdekin, who has been sponsored by Hilary Meredith Solicitors since 2012, has been selected by Paralympics GB for the Rio Games this summer. Jamie has been selected in the highly competitive quad division – for those with impairment that affects the upper as well as lower body. …

PI Claimant Lawyers: Spotting Fraud and Fundamental Dishonesty

Fraud and fundamental dishonesty are big topics, and claimant lawyers need to be hot on spotting such issues. We were reminded of this during training with James Henry, Counsel, of Temple Garden Chambers. As a claimant firm we are fully committed to stamping out fraud and fundamental dishonesty. All our staff are now trained to…

Access to Justice

Access to Justice has been leading a burgeoning online campaign to raise awareness of the Autumn Statement’s proposed PI reforms.  They have many active social media platforms sharing the latest content across the internet, shedding light on the consequences these reforms will have across the legal community. Please show your support by following them on…

Stop the noise

Two events in my life have both given me the same initial response. The first was when my daughter, a tiny tot of 4 at the time, disappeared from my sight for one minute in a restaurant in Cyprus. I can’t tell you how long that minute was. The second is the death of MP,…

South Yorkshire Police and the imbalance in justice

South Yorkshire Police spent at least £2.1m on legal fees representing its suspended Chief Constable David Crompton during the Hillsborough Inquests, the BBC has discovered. Mr Crompton’s barrister alone was paid over £1m to represent him.  South Yorkshire Police have previously confirmed the total cost of the Hillsbrough Inquest reached £25.1m – of which £20.8m was paid…

Claims against MoD are down – the facts

  Total (all) compensation claims and associated costs in Financial Year 14/15 were £85.1M. The total number of new claims brought against MOD was 5814. This represents a decrease of around 15% compared with 13/14. Of that total, new Service EL claims of 2381 were as follows: Noise-induced hearing loss 1838 – 77% Non-freezing cold…