Hilary Meredith recognised for her “fantastic service” to the Royal British Legion with Membership Centenary Award

Hilary Meredith has been recognised for her “fantastic service” to the Royal British Legion (RBL) with a prestigious Membership Centenary Award.

As part of its Centenary year celebrations, the RBL launched a Rewards and Recognition Scheme recognising those who have contributed, above and beyond, to the Legion’s work and values.

Naming Hilary as “one of our amazing people” the RBL goes on to praise her “fantastic service” in “supporting the Armed Forces community and remembering their sacrifice”.

Congratulating Hilary on her award, Charles Byrne, Director General of the Royal British Legion said:

“It is because of people like you that we can continue supporting our community as we look to the next 100 years.

“Your commitment to your role and the armed forces community stands as an inspiration to us all.”

Hilary, who has dedicated her entire career to providing legal advice and representation to members of the Legion and their families, said she was “proud and humbled” to receive the award.

In addition to her role as Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors in Wilmslow and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester, Hilary is Chair of the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group, a group she established in 1989.

The Royal British Legion Solicitors Group provides members of the Legion with access to legal advice and representation (often free of charge) from a group of like-minded military solicitors. Hilary overcame the challenge of bringing together solicitors from competing law firms to form the group so they could work collaboratively to assist injured service personnel regain their quality-of- life post injury, providing them with a pathway back to civilian life.

Under Hilary’s guidance, The Royal British Legion Solicitors Group has grown to representing over 4000 beneficiaries with life changing injuries (and fatalities) in war zones around the world.

Hilary’s work has also been hugely effective in securing greater safety measures for members of the armed forces during training exercises. Examples include the death of three soldiers during a ‘friendly fire’ incident in Afghanistan which resulted in changes to the army’s coordinates system to avoid similar tragedies; and the Check Point Blue 25 inquest, held to investigate the deaths of five soldiers murdered by the Afghan police forces they had been training. Many inquests, such as Brecon Beacons, have resulted in coroners making recommendations for systemic changes.

In recent times, Hilary has successfully represented members of the Legion falsely accused of war crimes in Iraq. She has provided evidence to a range of Parliamentary Inquiries and worked with the very top levels of government to ensure members of the Legion receive greater legal protection.

Hilary won the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Manchester Legal Awards.