Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, last night collected the Outstanding Achievement of The Year Award at the Personal Injury Awards 2017.
Over the last twelve months, Hilary has secured major, life-saving policy changes from the UK government in a substantial but often misunderstood area of personal injury – service personnel and veterans battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other psychological injuries as result of their service in Iraq.
Unlike our troops, Hilary’s campaign has not taken place on the streets of Baghdad, Al Anbar or Salah Ad Din. Instead it has been waged at the Houses of Parliament and the Ministry of Defence.
Hilary’s efforts have been instrumental on a range of levels:
– They have led to the introduction of long overdue support measures for service personnel and veterans facing judicial process but suffering from PTSD and other psychological injuries – never again will they be “hung out to dry” with their mental health “frazzled”.
– They have helped to break down the stigma surrounding mental health as a personal injury in the military community (Hilary is also working with hundreds of former service personnel suffering mental illness after being given anti-malaria drug, Lariam).
– They have led to the closure of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), an investigative body which resulted in entirely innocent service personnel and veterans “losing their sanity”.
The Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award caps a memorable 2017 for Hilary in which she has received the Freedom of the City of London and has also been appointed as Visiting Professor in Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester.
Commenting on the award, Hilary Meredith said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to collect this award. It is a great credit to the whole team.
“Our work has influenced the very top levels of UK government, helping to achieve great change. Never again will our service personnel and veterans be forced to suffer in silence.”
At last year’s Personal Injury Awards, Hilary also collected the Claimant Solicitor of the Year award for the second time.
The Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2017, now in their tenth anniversary year, provide a unique opportunity to highlight and celebrate the excellence of individuals and organisations across the personal injury claims sector. This year’s award took place at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate.