Reaction to Defence Secretary’s announcement on providing legal support for our troops

British troops facing allegations of serious misconduct in Iraq or Afghanistan will be legally supported, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said. Sir Michael acknowledged there had been a “bucketful” of “patently false” claims but said work was under way to eliminate all but the “handful” of serious cases which required proper investigation. “Because of…

Ministry of Defence facing Judicial Review over support it provides to our troops

The Ministry of Defence is facing a Judicial Review over the framework of support it provides to service personnel facing judicial process. Hilary Meredith, CEO of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, has been instructed by clients currently subject to judicial process and investigations to consider bringing the Judicial Review.  Ms Meredith recently provided evidence at the…

Iraq Historic Allegations Team – No 10 statement simply not true

Statement by Hilary Meredith, CEO, Hilary Meredith Solicitors Asked about the plight of soldiers who have had allegations hanging over them for years, a No 10 spokesperson has today said: “The PM would agree that where there are credible allegations of criminality it is right that they are investigated properly.”  The spokesman insisted that ihat…

Medal success for Jamie

Hilary Meredith sponsored Jamie Burdekin claimed a Paralympic bronze medal in Rio yesterday after emerging victorious in the longest ever wheelchair tennis match. Jamie partnered Andy Lapthorne to a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over their Israeli opponents Itai Erenlib and Shraga Weinberg in the men’s quads doubles.  The match lasted a gruelling 4 hours and…

Former army chief Lord Dannatt issues apology over Lariam on Victoria Derbyshire

Former army chief Lord Dannatt issues apology over Lariam on Victoria Derbyshire   Lord Dannatt admits he would not take Lariam himself   Lord Dannatt said his son Bertie had suffered mental health problems after taking two doses of Lariam   Lawyers call on MoD to accept its failings and co-operate with servicemen and women…

Philippa Tuckman Talking on Radio 5 Live About MOD Duty of Care

Philiipa Tuckman was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live regarding the Ministry of Defence Duty of Care following the recent death of a soldier whilst on a night time training exercise in Northumberland. The interview can be heard by pressing the arrow on the following recording:

Time To Stop Hiding Away

The Ministry of Defence must show leadership from the top and face up to its responsibilities says Hilary Meredith The long awaited Chilcot report has now been published – as has the Government’s response to the groundbreaking Beyond Endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care report. Chilcot makes it clear that our troops were…

The Royal British Legion Solicitors Group wins Legal Services Team of the Year Award

The Royal British Legion Solicitors Group (TRBLSG), chaired by Hilary Meredith, CEO at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, has won the Legal Services Team of the Year accolade at the Claims Innovation Awards 2016. The Royal British Legion Solicitors Group (TRBLSG) was established in 1989  by a group of likeminded solicitors from law firms the breadth…

Hilary Meredith to appear at Defence Committee Inquiry tomorrow

Hilary Meredith, CEO of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, will be giving evidence at the Defence Sub Committee’s inquiry into the support offered by the Ministry of Defence to former and serving military personnel who are subject to judicial process tomorrow. During the session, the Committee will be examining: *   The support provided by the MoD…

Anti-malaria drug Lariam to be banned – except in very restricted cases

– Use of anti-malaria drug Lariam to end – except in very restricted cases – MoD has a duty of care in relation to the provision of drugs for service personnel abroad – MoD has failed to strike the right balance between protecting personnel from malaria and the potentially catastrophic side effects of Lariam The…

Senior Visiting Lecturer Appointment for Hilary Meredith

Hilary Meredith, CEO of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, has been appointed as a visiting senior lecturer by the University of Chester’s Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing. https://www.chester.ac.uk/node/36179 The Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing supports the military through innovative and high quality research, educational provision and community engagement. Commenting…

Mark Farrell appointed as Managing Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has appointed Mark Farrell as Managing Director. Mark, who joined the firm last year as Operations Director, has extensive experience in the legal, claims management and financial services sectors. Previous roles include CEO at Beresfords Solicitors and Managing Director at Capita. He also has extensive experience in the insurance sector, having…

To Prevent Non-Freezing Cold Injuries (NFCI)

Due to recent press interest in Non-Freezing Cold Injuries (NFCIs) affecting military personnel, we have compiled a list of recommendations for those who are serving or are about to serve in areas where the conditions could encourage the onset of NFCIs: HOW TO PREVENT NON-FREEZING COLD INJURIES  Limit exposure Keep feet and hands as dry…

Welcome Philippa Tuckman

I am delighted Philippa Tuckman has joined us from Bolton Burdon Kemp and welcome her to the firm. Philippa brings a wealth of experience particularly in clinical negligence work but a huge background in military claims.  We are all very excited to have her on board – and are particularly looking forward to working with…

Our advice to anyone facing an IHAT interview.

Think you might be arrested for questioning?  There are a number of current investigations that may affect serving and former members of the armed forces. These include the Bloody Sunday investigation by the PSNI, NI historical inquiries and the legacy inquests, Iraq historical allegations (IHAT) and more recently Op Northmoor (investigating Afghanistan allegations). Investigation procedures…

CLARKE FAMILY PRESS STATEMENT

Clare Stevens and Hannah Ashcroft of Hilary Meredith Solicitors have represented the family of Captain Thomas Clarke at the inquest before HM Coroner for Oxford into the tragic deaths of Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Class 2 Spencer Faulkner, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, Corporal James Walters and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas. The family have released…