Hilary Meredith wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Manchester Legal Awards 2019

Hilary Meredith has won the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at The Manchester Legal Awards 2019.
Hilary was presented with her award at a glamorous black-tie dinner last night at The Midland Hotel.
Now in their tenth year, the Manchester Legal Awards recognise and reward the wide range of skills and talent the region has to offer.
Commenting on her award, Hilary said:
“I am truly honoured to collect this award. So many people have helped me along the way. It’s been a fantastic journey – and there’s still a long way still to go!”
Added Hilary, who was also named as Solicitor of the Year at the 2018 Inspirational Women in Law Awards:
“I’ve also been fortunate to work with, and represent, so many inspirational individuals throughout my career – injured soldiers who have shown strength and resilience when faced with life changing injuries, bereaved families who have lost loved ones in war zones throughout the world and people from all walks of life who have overcome the odds and stood up for what is right.
“When I see an injustice, I want to stand on a roof top with a megaphone and tell people about it.”
Speaking about the award, Michelle Garlick, President of the Manchester Law Society said: ” Hilary has carved a reputation as one of the trailblazers of her generation and is extremely deserving of this coveted accolade.
“Throughout her career she has fought for the equal representation of women in the industry along with striving for the rights of military service personnel, their families and military veterans.
“Looking back over such an impressive career, Hilary was an obvious choice for this award.”Hilary started her legal career in 1982 and rose to become the youngest ever managing partner of a 300-strong Manchester city centre law firm at the age of 29. In 2003, she set up her own niche firm, Hilary Meredith Solicitors, specialising in legal help and assistance to the armed forces and their families.
Throughout her 35-year legal career, Hilary has successfully challenged the status quo – fighting for the rights of military service personnel, their families and military veterans and striving to achieve equality for women in the law. She has also acted in a range of precedent setting cases, worked closely with Parliamentary Inquiries and Government Ministers and successfully campaigned for changes in the law.
In addition to her role as Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, Hilary’s other appointments include Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester, Chair of the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group and Trustee of Broughton House, the Salford home for ex-servicemen and women.