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…

WE ARE RECRUITING – PARALEGAL (WITH LITIGATION EXPERIENCE)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join an award winning Wilmslow based claimant solicitor’s practice with a national and international client base. We are currently recruiting for a paralegal to assist Director and Solicitor with a large caseload of multi-track Clinical Negligence cases. The role will be to work under supervision and in line with…

WE ARE RECRUITING – CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE SOLICITOR

We are currently recruiting for a 2-4 year PQE Assistant Solicitor to assist Director and Solicitor with a large caseload of multi-track Clinical Negligence cases. You will have a strong desire to work in this area of law and experience in handling Clinical Negligence or Personal Injury cases. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES: • Ensure cases are progressed…

WE ARE RECRUITING – MULTI-TRACK PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITOR

MULTI-TRACK PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITOR A highly attractive position has arisen for a qualified Personal Injury Solicitor (5-7 years PQE) to join our Multi-Track team. This is a great opportunity to join a forward thinking practice with an excellent reputation within the industry. The ideal candidate must have substantial experience in Multi-Track Claimant Personal Injury work…

Hilary Meredith works with BBC on new combat immunity investigation

Hilary Meredith has worked closely with BBC Wales on a new documentary investigating the true extent of fatal failures by the Ministry of Defence in training exercises. Craig Roberts, Edward Maher and James Dunsby died in the UK armed forces in 2013. Not in war zones, but in training. The young soldiers were taking part…

Hilary Meredith supports Broughton House’s Buy a Brick campaign

As a proud Trustee of Broughton House, Hilary Meredith was delighted to attend the launch of the charity’s Buy a Brick campaign today. Established in 1916 to provide treatment to the thousands of soldiers returning from the trenches of WW1, Broughton House has since evolved into a dedicated charity and nursing home for veterans living…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors secures substantial settlements in ground-breaking claims against the MOD

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has secured substantial damages on behalf of 3 former servicemen who suffered severe injuries when their inadequately-armoured vehicles struck roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan. The claims raised difficult legal issues regarding the scope of the defence of combat immunity. The vehicles in question were Pinzgauer troop carriers, manufactured by BAE…

Wayne Bass Appeal – Statement

Mr Justice Martin Spencer has today dismissed the appeal of former soldier Wayne Bass, who contracted Q-fever while serving in Afghanistan. Commenting on today’s judgment, Mr Bass’ solicitor, Dianne Yates, partner at military law firm Hilary Meredith Solicitors said: “This is a devastating blow for Mr Bass who remains in poor health as a result…

Wayne Bass Appeal

Former soldier Wayne Bass, who lost his legal claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after contracting Q fever in Afghanistan, will have his Appeal heard on 5 and 6 December 2019 at the Royal Courts of Justice. Mr Bass’ solicitor Dianne Yates, partner at specialist military law firm, Hilary Meredith Solicitors said: “Wayne remains…

Army widow starts new campaign on soldier suicide

An army widow has started a new campaign to ensure soldiers are recognised for their service by the Coroner’s Court and Armed Forces Memorial. Jo Jukes lost her military veteran husband, Dave Jukes, when he took his own life on 9th October 2018. Since his tragic death, she has campaigned tirelessly for greater mental health…

Simon Quinn in legal first with APIL

Simon Quinn, Partner and Head of Military at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, has become the first solicitor in the country to be appointed as an Accredited Military Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The status of Accredited Military Injury Specialist is granted to a person who has not only achieved APIL Senior…

Fair trials now impossible after Panorama programme

Hilary Meredith Solicitors says Panorama’s War Crimes Scandal Exposed has made it impossible for soldiers and veterans to receive a fair trial in the event of any future prosecutions. Breaches against service personal and veterans include: – Article 6, Human Right Act, Right to a Fair Trial. – Article 8, Human Rights Act, Right to…

Grotesquely negligent MoD can no longer hide behind crown immunity

Hilary Meredith has today accused the MoD of being “grotesquely negligent” and “repeating the mistakes of the past” after Senior Birmingham coroner Louise Hunt concluded there had been “very serious” failings at all levels as she concluded a hearing into the death of Corporal Joshua Hoole. Cpl Hoole’s father Phillip Hoole, says he plans to…

Law Society Excellence Awards – delighted to shortlisted

Hilary Meredith was delighted to be shortlisted for the Women Solicitor of the Year accolade at last night’s Law Society Excellence Awards. The Law Society Excellence Awards have been celebrating the hard work and inspiring achievements of solicitors, legal teams and firms of all sizes across England and Wales for the past 13 years. The…

Q Fever Soldier granted permission to Appeal

Former soldier Wayne Bass, who lost his legal claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after contracting Q fever in Afghanistan, has been granted permission to Appeal. Mr Bass’ solicitor, Dianne Yates from specialist military law firm Hilary Meredith Solicitors, confirmed that the Appeal is listed to be heard on 5 and 6 December 2019…