Hilary Meredith highlights glaring omissions in Overseas Operations Bill in evidence to Scrutiny Committee

There are a range of glaring omissions in the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill while time limits in Section 2 of the Bill should be scapped entirely and veterans under criminal investigation should have access to an independent advocate – according to evidence provided to today’s Scrutiny Committee by lawyer Hilary Meredith. Addressing…

New three-year term for Hilary Meredith as Visiting Professor at University of Chester

Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, has accepted a new three-year term as Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at 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 continue to support the…

Major Robert Campbell – cleared after 17 years – where’s the apology?

A British ex-soldier has been cleared over the death of an Iraqi teenager, after 17 years of investigations.Saeed Shabram’s family say he drowned after being forced into a river by UK soldiers in Basra in 2003. But a report published on Thursday By The Right Hon. Baroness Hallett D.B.E. said there was no reliable evidence that…

Overseas Operations Bill passes second reading

The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill has passed its second reading in the House of Commons. Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester says the Bill has a way to go before it reaches its final stages. “There is a…

Veterans for Britain appoints Hilary Meredith to its Board

Veterans for Britain has appointed Hilary Meredith to its Board.Hilary, founder and Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester, is a solicitor, lobbyist and campaigner with decades of experience representing UK service personnel, their families and military veterans.Hilary’s career in protecting the welfare of…

Hilary Meredith backs calls for overhaul of Inquest system

Hilary Meredith has backed calls for reforms to the Inquest system – specifically in relation to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).Justice’s latest report, When Things Go Wrong: the response of the justice system this week called for urgent reform to major inquests and inquiries, saying the current system often leaves bereaved families and survivors feeling…

Partner promotions at Hilary Meredith Solicitors

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has continued its expansion by promoting Adrian Mullen and Lucia Parkinson to partners. The promotions come after a strong year for Hilary Meredith Solicitors, with the specialist military law firm securing a number of life-changing personal injury and clinical negligence settlements for service personnel, veterans and their families. With a scientific and…

UK soldiers unlikely to be prosecuted over Iraq war crime claims now deserve an apology

British soldiers who have been accused of committing war crimes in Iraq are unlikely to face criminal prosecution.Independent investigators were asked to look at thousands of allegations made against the British military after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.But the director of the Service Prosecution Authority (SPA) said just one remaining case was being examined.Andrew…

Government urged to follow its own guidance so army veterans can receive desperately needed payments

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is calling on the Government to follow its own return to work guidance so that army veterans can receive desperately needed payments. Veterans UK, the support organisation responsible for administering the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), remains unaware of pre-lockdown Tribunal decisions and unable to process casework and payments. Hilary Meredith Solicitors…

Government’s response to Protecting Veterans Inquiry – our reaction

Hilary Meredith, who acts for service personnel, veterans and their families and provided evidence to the Drawing a Line: Protecting Veterans by a Statute of Limitations Inquiry, has called for all veterans facing investigation to be guaranteed immediate access to independent legal advice. The Defence Committee yesterday published the Government’s Response to the previous Committee’s…

COVID-19 doctors should get heat of the battle style “Combat Immunity” says lawyer

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is calling for “combat immunity” to be extended to doctors and nurses – giving them greater legal protection in the fight against COVID-19. Widely known for its work on behalf of armed forces service personnel, veterans and their families, Hilary Meredith Solicitors says battlefield legal principles should apply to medics in their…

We are recruiting – Immediate Opportunities

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is the UK’s leading military law firm, acting for service personnel, veterans and their families. Our award-winning team looks after clients whose injuries range from relatively minor to catastrophic. Due to ongoing expansion, a number of exciting opportunities have arisen within our Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Department. SOLICITOR ROLE: 2 – 5…

Lawyer slams AFCS Tribunal for refusing telephone hearing

Armed forces solicitor Natalie Robinson has criticised the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Tribunal for its failure to adapt to the Coronavirus crisis – after being refused a telephone hearing. Natalie, Head of Hilary Meredith Solicitors’ Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) department said: “I travelled from Wilmslow to Hampshire yesterday, and have come into…

Hilary Meredith welcomes plans to protect veterans from ‘vexatious claims’

The government will today present new legislation to protect military personnel and veterans from prosecution for alleged historical offences in conflicts overseas. The legislation proposes a five-year limit on criminal prosecutions from the date of an incident – unless there is compelling new evidence – and a six-year limit for any civil case involving personal…

Hilary Meredith slams new Veterans UK website for “peddling misleading information and cynically exploiting veterans and their families”

A leading military lawyer has accused Veterans UK of “peddling misleading information and cynically exploiting veterans and their families”. Referring to the Ministry of Defence’s new Veterans UK website, Hilary Meredith, founder and Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester said: “I am absolutely…