UK Bill of Rights to override power of human rights court?

The government has published a Bill of Rights in parliament meaning that British courts will no longer have to take into account rulings by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The legislation will effectively rip up the Human Rights Act. Hilary Meredith-Beckham, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and…

Hilary Meredith-Beckham backs Lord Etherington’s LGBT veterans probe

Hilary Meredith-Beckham has welcomed the appointment of Britain’s first openly gay senior judge to lead a review into the impact of a historical ban on LGBT people serving in the armed forces. Lord Etherton’s inquiry will look at how those affected can be redressed. Campaigners are hoping for compensation for lost livelihoods and suffering as…

Hilary Meredith-Beckham calls for MoD to establish national register of veterans

Ministers have been accused of failing to support armyveterans after it was revealed that up to 70,000 could be on benefits as the cost-of-living crisis bites. The Government has admitted that 33,800 people are currently receiving Universal Credit after serving their country. But the figures, released for the first time, are drawn from an assessment…

Sexual abuse of LGBTQ+ service personnel

Support and research must be made a priority in tackling the “hidden and under-reported” issue of sexual abuse of LGBTQ+ service personnel in the Armed Forces, a groundbreaking new report has concluded. The Exit Wounds report has identified the scale of LGBTQ+ survivors in the Armed Forces and the trauma that they faced during their…

Brian Wood MC extends ambassadorial role with Hilary Meredith Solicitors

War hero and best-selling author Brian Wood has extended his role as an Ambassador for Hilary Meredith Solicitors.At the age of 23, Brian Wood was thrust into the front line in Iraq, in the infamous Battle of Danny Boy. Ambushed, he led a charge across open ground with insurgents firing at just five soldiers. On…

Hilary Meredith-Beckham calls for public inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome

Hilary Meredith-Beckham has today called for a public inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome.As new findings from American scientists pinpoint exposure to nerve agent sarin, possibly made worse by anthrax vaccinations, Hilary has worked with the Daily Express on a detailed double-page feature – has the mystery of Gulf War Syndrome finally been solved?The Daily Express…

Action for Brain Injury Week

Today marks the start of Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week (16th to 22nd May). Action for Brain Injury Week (ABI Week) is a nationally recognised week to raise awareness of brain injury. The campaign theme this year is See the Hidden Me which will raise awareness and understanding of the often misunderstood symptoms of…

Johnny Mercer leading by example in Ukraine

MP Johnny Mercer have bravely visited the frontline in Ukraine for a new Channel 4 documentary which airs on Sunday 3 April. Former soldier Mr Mercer was invited to the country by Ukranian MPs. He journeyed from Poland to Lviv and then Kyiv to experience first-hand the realities of war and offer his support to…

International Women’s Day 2022

At Hilary Meredith Solicitors, we are proud to support International Women’s Day 2022. Our founder and chair, Hilary Meredith-Beckham, is recognised as one of the most inspirational female solicitors in the UK. The award came at the Inspirational Women in Law Awards run by First 100 Years, a ground-breaking project, supported by the Law Society…

One million British army heroes facing mental health battle

A million UK military veterans have faced mental health woes, a new report says. Researchers found almost 40% of the 2.5 million ex-forces community have suffered depression, anxiety, alcoholism or post-traumatic stress. It shows veterans are twice as likely to develop mental health problems compared to people on civvy street. The report, in the British…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors introduces new hybrid working policy

After a long lock down and working from home, we are back! We have listened to our staff and feel the working environment will change for the better by the introducing a new hybrid working policy. Staff at the firm will work remotely and from the firm’s Wilmslow office on a rota basis. The approach…

Gabrielle Moseley from Hilary Meredith Solicitors appointed as magistrate

Gabrielle Moseley from Hilary Meredith Solicitors has been appointed as a magistrate. Gabrielle joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors in 2018 as a Legal Assistant and works on catastrophic injury claims. Prior to joining the firm, she graduated from Edgehill University in 2016 and went on to study the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law…

Lawyers are not the guilty party when it comes to medical negligence

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has questioned whether clinical negligence lawyers are blocking vital reforms because the status quo is too lucrative to change. Hunt, the chair of the health and social care committee, spoke following a two-hour hearing on the merits of non-adversarial systems in other parts of the world. The committee had earlier…

The best service personnel in the world deserve better equipment

In a new report, Labour has accused the Ministry of Defence of “wasting” £13bn of taxpayers’ money since 2010. The party used independently-collated data to identify 67 cases of “waste” – which it defines as when costs could have been reasonably avoided or reduced by better management. These include cancelled contracts and programmes that went…

Zero tolerance approach to personal injury fraud

Recent cases have again highlighted how fraudulent insurance claims are the scourge of the legal profession and indeed society. Personal injury fraud occurs when a person provides false information regarding a personal injury claim. It can also involve instances where a person files a claim for an injury that never occurred, or when they use…

Brian Wood – a true hero

Huge congratulations to Hilary Meredith Solicitors’ Ambassador, army veteran Brian Wood MC, who has finished his 25th marathon in 25 days – completing his epic 635-mile Ultimate Sacrifice Challenge.The former colour sergeant with 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment is raising money for the military charity, Walking with the Wounded.Mr Wood, who was awarded…