Inquest into the death Cpl Darren Neilson

Cpl Darren Neilson was killed alongside Cpl Matthew Hatfield, when a tank exploded during a live firing exercise in the UK. Clare Stevens from Hilary Meredith Solicitors represented Cpl Darren Neilson’s wife, Jemma Neilson at the Inquest into his death. She said: “Yet again we’ve heard of systemic failings within the MOD and more evidence…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors secures £7.2 million settlement for Navy pilot

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has secured a settlement worth almost £7.2 million on behalf of a Navy pilot who suffered catastrophic injuries during the course of his duties. The pilot had landed his Merlin helicopter on the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious at night-time, and was completing his post-flight inspection, when the flight deck lift was opened…

Hilary Meredith joins Broughton House Board

Broughton House, the Salford home for ex-servicemen and women, has strengthened its board with the appointment of Hilary Meredith as a trustee. For more than 30 years, Hilary has dedicated her career to the welfare of armed forces service personnel, their families and military veterans. She chairs Hilary Meredith Solicitors, which has offices in Wilmslow…

Does legal aid for inquests extend to military families

Hilary Meredith is seeking clarification from the Ministry of Justice on how their revised guidelines for bereaved families receiving public funding at Inquests impact on the armed forces community. Legal aid is currently provided under the government’s exceptional case funding (ECF) scheme. The Ministry of Justice says the Lord Chancellor’s guidance now makes clear that…

Hilary Meredith outlines proposals for new legislation to protect our armed forces from prosecution in the line of duty

Hilary Meredith has outlined proposals for new legislation to protect service personnel and veterans from prosecution in the line of duty. Hilary, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester, has been working with a range of service personnel, veterans, charities, academics and politicians…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors secures one of the highest ever NFCI settlements

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has secured one of the highest ever settlements in a Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI) claim. The firm’s client, Soldier D, joined the Army in 2006 and was medically discharged in 2016 as a result of his NFCI. In December 2012, Soldier D, aged 22, attended an exercise at a location in England….

Hilary skis to work!

Hilary Meredith overcame today’s wintery conditions and widespread traffic congestion by skiing to work. An unusual snowfall has covered European cities from Rome to London in a blanket of snow, closing schools and causing widespread travel problems but Hilary, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, wasn’t going to be deterred. Inspired by the Winter Olympics, she…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors backs Independent Evaluation for military claims

Hilary Meredith Solicitors says injured armed forces personnel and the families of those killed in combat should have access to Independent Evaluation (IE) in order to resolve any legal claims. The Government has confirmed its response to the Better combat compensation consultation will be published in February 2018.  It is planning to channel  complaints from…

Better Combat Compensation Consultation response to be published in February

The Government has confirmed its response to the Better combat compensation consultation will be published in February 2018. Under the proposals, combat immunity – which provides an exemption from legal liability for members of the armed forces and the government – would apply to all accidents and fatalities within the armed forces, so the MoD…

Hilary Meredith welcomes statute of limitations recommendation for Troubles-related incidents

Hilary Meredith has welcomed a Commons Defence Committee report recommending that the Government enact a statute of limitations “covering all Troubles-related incidents, up to the signing of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, which involved former members of the Armed Forces”, alongside a truth recovery mechanism that would provide “the best possible prospect of bereaved families finding…

“Reckless” MoD faces thousands of Lariam claims

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has now been approached by over 3000 serving army personnel and veterans who were prescribed controversial anti-malaria drug Lariam and suffered mental health issues and neuropsychiatric side-effects as a result. Having been developed in the US following the Vietnam War, Lariam was made available in the UK in 1989 and was quickly…