Hilary Meredith is today calling for a full inquiry into the relationship between the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Phil Shiner and Public Interest Lawyers.
The solicitor, who has acted for armed forces service personnel for over 25 years, is calling for answers to the following questions:
Why did the MoD select Phil Shiner and Public Interest Lawyers? Who made the decision? Was there a formal tender process?
Why did the MoD feel it had to pay for evidence against its own service personnel? Who was in charge of this flawed process?
Why did the MoD totally fail to support servicemen and women falsely accused?
“The MoD’s relationship with Phil Shiner and Public Interest Lawyers has left a trail of destruction in its wake – careers, relationship, families and ultimately lives – have all been destroyed.
“Had the MoD supported our troops many of these false accusations would have come to light much sooner, saving money and anguish.”
She added: “I passionately believe that the MoD should be held to account when it fails our servicemen and women. Since January 2016, I have been calling for a framework of support and assistance to be put in place.”
Having consulted with veterans, Hilary Meredith is calling for the following to be guaranteed:
The right to a framework of help and support for serving and ex-military personnel to include, Chain of Command, welfare and medical support.
The right to independent legal advice.
The right for funding for such advice.
The right to a fair trial.
Time limits be imposed on these cases.
The rights promised to military personnel under the military covenant to be upheld.