Hilary Meredith, CEO at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, was last night named as Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at 2016 Eclipse Personal Injury Awards.
The awards, now in their ninth year, took place at the Grange St. Paul’s hotel in London. Organised by Barker Brooks Communications, the publisher of Claims Media, the awards were attended by hundreds of influential people within the PI sector.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be selected as the winner of this award,” said Hilary. “It has the been the busiest and most worthwhile twelve months of my professional life. The support, commitment and dedication I have received from everyone at the firm has been outstanding. A big thanks to the whole team.”
The award caps a memorable 2016 for Hilary Meredith.
In April 2016, after a campaign by Hilary spanning 27 years, the Commons Defence Committee finally recommended that the MoD should lose its immunity from prosecution where there has been a blatant disregard for life. It was a landmark moment which will save lives – and a decision Hilary played a major part in bringing about having provided evidence to the Defence Committee Inquiry, Beyond Endurance called after three army reservists collapsed and died in the Brecon Beacons.
The Beyond Endurance Inquiry is not the only Parliamentary Inquiry Hilary has provided evidence to this year.
The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) was an organisation set up to review and investigate allegations of abuse by Iraqi civilians by UK armed forces personnel in Iraq during the period of 2003 to July 2009.
Appalled at reports that former and serving personnel were ‘hounded’ by the authorities – and that millions of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on investigating false allegations – Hilary provided evidence at the Defence Committee’s inquiry into the support offered by the Ministry of Defence to former and serving military personnel who are subject to judicial process. Hilary has since written to Secretary of State for Defence, Michel Fallon, to issue notice that she will be bringing a Judicial Review to put in place a framework of support for service personnel and veterans facing judicial process. The framework includes a formal apology for failing to support those accused.
Hilary has also increased her influence with a range of appointments over the last 12 months.
She has been appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester and has also been named on the steering committee of the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing.
Hilary has also been appointed to the audit group overseeing the inspection of Her Majesty’s Constabulary Inspection of Royal Military Police.
As Chair of the award-winning Royal British Legion Solicitors Group (TRBLSG) Hilary has continued to work tirelessly for military personnel who have suffered life changing injury and in particular with armed forces personnel at military rehabilitation centre RAF Hedley Court in Epsom.