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…

Hilary Meredith wins Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award

Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, last night collected the Outstanding Achievement of The Year Award at the Personal Injury Awards 2017. Over the last twelve months, Hilary has secured major, life-saving policy changes from the UK government in a substantial but often misunderstood area of personal injury – service personnel and veterans battling…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors to sponsor The Brain Charity’s Annual Liverpool Snow Ball

Hilary Meredith Solicitors are proud headline sponsors of The Brain Charity’s Annual Liverpool Snow Ball. This year’s event will be held on Friday 8th December from 7pm till late. Tickets are just £55 per person which includes drinks reception, a superb seasonal three-course menu, spectacular live entertainment, lots of fun & games, and dancing till…

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…