MoD hides behind crown immunity as charges are brought over training deaths

Two men have been charged with negligence following the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS selection march in the Brecon Beacons. L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Cpl James Dunsby were taking part in a 16-mile recruitment exercise on the hottest day of 2013. A coroner ruled they died from neglect. The Service…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors strengthens its team with the appointment of Dianne Yates

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has continued its expansion by welcoming Dianne Yates as a partner. Dianne joins from Birchall Blackburn where she headed up the catastrophic injury team. With over 25 years’ experience as a personal injury solicitor, Dianne specialises in catastrophic injury, predominantly brain injury, spinal injury, polytrauma and amputation. She also has specialist knowledge…

Annual Sheep Drive over London Bridge

After becoming a Freeman of the City of London earlier this year, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, took part in the great annual Sheep drive over London Bridge this weekend. The event, which raised thousands for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, was launched by television chef Mary Berry. The Freedom of the City…

Lawyer calls on government to stop plotting and reveal its intentions

Plans to remove army service personnel’s right to pursue cases through the court are still alive, the government has confirmed. The plans, which effectively extend the principle of combat immunity and prevent claims coming before the court, were unveiled last December but a response to the MoD consultation has yet to materialise. There had been…

Soldier’s battle over aftercare concerns

A paratrooper injured during a tour of Afghanistan more than a decade ago has been forced to seek legal advice over his aftercare needs. Lance bombardier Ben Parkinson suffered a severe brain injury and lost both his legs after a Land Rover he was travelling in was struck by an anti-tank mine in the North…

House of Commons debates Government proposals for better combat compensation

The House of Commons has today debated Government proposals for better combat compensation. 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 claims brought by those in combat, even when failings occurred far from the battlefield. An…

Hilary Meredith appointed as Visiting Professor by University of Chester

Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs by the University of Chester. The University of Chester, founded in 1893, is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country. In her role as Visiting Professor, Hilary will primarily support the outputs of the…

Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) closes today

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) officially closes today, 30 June 2017. This follows the decision in February to bring IHAT to an end by the summer, enabled by the striking off of Mr Phil Shiner. The remaining cases, expected to number around 20, will now be dealt with by the Service Police – a…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors reacts to Medical Protection Society Report

The Medical Protection Society issued its report on Friday – The Rising Costs of Clinical Negligence: Who pays the Price? The report states that there should be reasonable compensation for those harmed due to clinical negligence, but that this must be balanced against society’s ability to pay. The report goes on to state that NHS…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors – our response to the Queen’s Speech

We welcome the government’s proposals to crack down on fraudulent whiplash claims – as long as the focus is on reducing fraudulent claims and better regulation of claims management companies and not taking away the rights of victims to recover compensation. All our staff are trained to identify potentially fraudulent cases.  We believe anti-fraud training…

Hilary Meredith receives Freedom of the City of London

Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, has received the Freedom of the City of London. As a solicitor practising within the City of London Square Mile, Hilary read the ‘Declaration of a Freeman’ and signed the Freeman’s Declaration Book, before being presented with the Copy of the Freedom – a parchment document inscribed…

Hilary Meredith on discussion panel at Military Mind business symposium

Hilary Meredith will be a member of the discussion panel at tomorrow’s Military Mind business symposium, taking place in London. Hosted by Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, the annual event coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week and will explain how and why some ex-service personnel and reservists develop mental health…

Hundreds of other victims in breast surgeon case

Hundreds of patients will seek compensation after a breast surgeon was convicted of carrying out needless operations, reports this morning suggest. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women and one man in the West Midlands. Paterson, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, was also found guilty of…

General Election means combat immunity e-petition closes on 3 May – sign now!

Just over a week remains to sign Hilary Meredith Solicitors’ e-petition aimed at preventing the Government from widening the scope of combat immunity: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/18938 All petitions now have to close at 00:01am on 3 May. This is because Parliament will be dissolved and all parliamentary business – including petitions – must stop until after the…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors goes into bat with Lancashire cricketer

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has been announced as Lancashire cricketer Tom Bailey’s new bat sponsor. Tom, a graduate of Lancashire’s Academy and Scholarship programmes,  made his first-class and County Championship debut in the closing stages of the 2012 season.  He has since become a vital member of the team in all forms of the game….