Manifesto pledge misses the point

Access to justice is one of the key themes in the election manifestos of the main political parties. The Conservative manifesto was launched on Thursday 18 May. In response to a campaign led by the Hillsborough families, they would set up an “independent public advocate, who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster”….

Wythenshawe Safespots

Hilary Meredith Solicitors was delighted to sponsor a table at a fundraiser on Friday the 19th May 2017 at the Lifestyle Centre, Woodhouse Park, to support the Safespots in their first Charity Ball. Wythenshawe Safespots arose from a campaign by survivors of domestic abuse in the area to tackle domestic abuse in the area and…

Hilary Meredith on discussion panel at Military Mind business symposium

Hilary Meredith will be a member of the discussion panel at tomorrow’s Military Mind business symposium, taking place in London. Hosted by Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, the annual event coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week and will explain how and why some ex-service personnel and reservists develop mental health…

Senior Lecturer in Law and Veterans’ Affairs

I am extremely honoured to receive the position of Senior Lecturer in Law and Veterans’ Affairs from the University of Chester.  I completed my law finals with a commendation from Chester so it is wonderful to be able to give back something back. The University of Chester’s Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’…

Improve road safety for cyclists says Inquiry

The health and safety of British cyclists is being failed by the justice system, an inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) has found. The APPCG published the findings from its inquiry into ‘Cycling and the Justice System’ yesterday – concluding that the next government must urgently address the issue of drivers…

Why the Armed Forces Covenant should be at the centre of government

As the first law firm to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, we fully endorse this week’s Defence Committee recommendations to ensure that implementation of the Covenant continues to be driven from the centre of government. The Report recommends the creation of a new Ministerial post within the Cabinet Office with responsibility for the Covenant, along…

Hundreds of other victims in breast surgeon case

Hundreds of patients will seek compensation after a breast surgeon was convicted of carrying out needless operations, reports this morning suggest. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women and one man in the West Midlands. Paterson, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, was also found guilty of…

Why we must protect Northern Ireland Veterans

Former British soldiers, who served in Northern Ireland up to the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, should be protected by a Statute of Limitations preventing further investigation and prosecution of incidents which occurred between almost 20 and almost 50 years ago. So says the Defence Committee in its report, “Investigations into fatalities in…

General Election means combat immunity e-petition closes on 3 May – sign now!

Just over a week remains to sign Hilary Meredith Solicitors’ e-petition aimed at preventing the Government from widening the scope of combat immunity: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/18938 All petitions now have to close at 00:01am on 3 May. This is because Parliament will be dissolved and all parliamentary business – including petitions – must stop until after the…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors goes into bat with Lancashire cricketer

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has been announced as Lancashire cricketer Tom Bailey’s new bat sponsor. Tom, a graduate of Lancashire’s Academy and Scholarship programmes,  made his first-class and County Championship debut in the closing stages of the 2012 season.  He has since become a vital member of the team in all forms of the game….

Flawed SAS investigation is a national disgrace

A multi-million-pound investigation into claims that the SAS covered up war crimes failed to find any evidence. Detectives launched the probe – which cost £6 million, according to defence sources – after being tipped off that SAS soldiers had doctored official reports and used fake photographs in an attempt to hide civilian deaths in Afghanistan….

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

We were delighted to join the Lord Mayor of the City of London at the 10th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch as the City united to support our Armed Forces last week. Taking place in the stunning surroundings of Guildhall the Lunch raised much needed funds for soldiers and veterans who have been affected…

Fabulous evening at the National Army Museum

I had a fabulous evening at the National Army Museum last night.  It is a great place if you have the time to visit.  The paintings depicting various conflicts around the world over the years are amazing. The painting of Afghanistan in 2010 depicts the contrast of the countryside and the beautiful terracotta colours against…

Why I fully support the Public Authority (Accountability) Bill

Bereaved families faced with inquiries and inquests will receive parity of funding with public bodies under the proposed ‘Hillsborough law’ to be debated in parliament tomorrow. Labour MP Andy Burnham will introduce the bill under the ‘10-minute’ rule allowing backbenchers to make his or her case for a new bill in a speech lasting up…

A guest blog – Ben’s wish

As part of my role as an Armed Forces community ambassador for Hilary Meredith Solicitors, I like to take part in local charity fundraising and challenges. March saw me take part in an event for a charity called Ben’s Wish. Ben is 10-year-old boy from Leigh, who was born with cerebral palsy and is currently…

The MoD and the shocking truth about blanket immunity

At APIL’s Military Conference on Friday we heard  the shocking truth from Dr Cynthia Shaw OBE, Senior Principal, Directorate of Judicial Engagement Policy at the Ministry of Defence. The MoD will “aggressively” push combat extension legislation through Parliament with little debate or objection. It  will not be held up by the Brexit debates. The consultation…

Michael Fallon and his ulterior motive

In a cost-cutting move, the MoD is scrapping the front line letters (e-blueys) between those serving on the front line and loved ones at home. As if that isn’t bad enough, Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon has put forward proposals that will effectively wipe out any duty of care the MoD owes to…