Live firing exercise death so terribly sad

An Army captain has been jailed for 18 months after a soldier was killed during a live firing exercise. Capt Jonathan Price was also dismissed from the Army by the court martial for the gross negligence manslaughter of Ranger Michael Maguire. The 21-year-old was hit by a stray bullet at the Castlemartin Range, Pembrokeshire in…

Why the lives of our frontline troops depend on effective MoD procurement

Congratulations to Stuart Andrew MP on his appointment as Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for procurement, a position first held by Philip Dunne MP (2015-2016) and then, more recently, by Harriett Baldwin MP 2016-2018. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is responsible for the Equipment Plan, defence industry and…

Inquest into the death Cpl Darren Neilson

Cpl Darren Neilson was killed alongside Cpl Matthew Hatfield, when a tank exploded during a live firing exercise in the UK. Clare Stevens from Hilary Meredith Solicitors represented Cpl Darren Neilson’s wife, Jemma Neilson at the Inquest into his death. She said: “Yet again we’ve heard of systemic failings within the MOD and more evidence…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors secures £7.2 million settlement for Navy pilot

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has secured a settlement worth almost £7.2 million on behalf of a Navy pilot who suffered catastrophic injuries during the course of his duties. The pilot had landed his Merlin helicopter on the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious at night-time, and was completing his post-flight inspection, when the flight deck lift was opened…

Hilary Meredith joins Broughton House Board

Broughton House, the Salford home for ex-servicemen and women, has strengthened its board with the appointment of Hilary Meredith as a trustee. For more than 30 years, Hilary has dedicated her career to the welfare of armed forces service personnel, their families and military veterans. She chairs Hilary Meredith Solicitors, which has offices in Wilmslow…

Witch hunt against our veterans needs to stop but IRA amnesty is not the answer

In a letter to leaked to the press, it has emerged that Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has backed an amnesty for IRA killers as the price for ending the witch-hunt of historic prosecutions against British troops serving in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. The witch hunt against our veterans needs to stop but a statute…

Defence Secretary praises Broughton House

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson yesterday visited Broughton House and praised the care it provides to veterans and its vision for the future. The Defence Secretary met with veterans, staff and board members during his tour and learned more about Broughton House’s redevelopment plans. The two-acre site is to be transformed into a Veterans’ Care Village…

Armed Forces Day 2018 – the countdown continues

The countdown continues to Armed Forces Day 2018, which takes place this Saturday 30 June. Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and…

Does legal aid for inquests extend to military families

Hilary Meredith is seeking clarification from the Ministry of Justice on how their revised guidelines for bereaved families receiving public funding at Inquests impact on the armed forces community. Legal aid is currently provided under the government’s exceptional case funding (ECF) scheme. The Ministry of Justice says the Lord Chancellor’s guidance now makes clear that…

Defence Committee calls for statute of limitations

Last week I outlined my proposals for new legislation to protect service personnel and veterans from prosecution in the line of duty. In recent times military service personnel have been exposed to individual prosecution like never before – in particular historic cases from Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. Whilst each set of circumstances and reasons…

Hilary Meredith outlines proposals for new legislation to protect our armed forces from prosecution in the line of duty

Hilary Meredith has outlined proposals for new legislation to protect service personnel and veterans from prosecution in the line of duty. Hilary, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester, has been working with a range of service personnel, veterans, charities, academics and politicians…

Support grows for statute of limitations

Support is growing for the introduction of a statute of limitations preventing the prosecution of army veterans for historic offences – but there remains a great deal of work to be done. In his final speech before moving to Brussels to become chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach today told…

Royal Charter

I was honoured to attend the City of London Solicitors’ Company’s Royal Charter celebration at the Guildhall last night. The company received its Royal Charter in 1957 and the current Master’s year therefore sits across the 60th Anniversary of the grant of the Charter. To recognise this, Liverymen and Freemen were invited to attend a…