Wayne Bass Appeal

Former soldier Wayne Bass, who lost his legal claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after contracting Q fever in Afghanistan, will have his Appeal heard on 5 and 6 December 2019 at the Royal Courts of Justice. Mr Bass’ solicitor Dianne Yates, partner at specialist military law firm, Hilary Meredith Solicitors said: “Wayne remains…

Army widow starts new campaign on soldier suicide

An army widow has started a new campaign to ensure soldiers are recognised for their service by the Coroner’s Court and Armed Forces Memorial. Jo Jukes lost her military veteran husband, Dave Jukes, when he took his own life on 9th October 2018. Since his tragic death, she has campaigned tirelessly for greater mental health…

Simon Quinn in legal first with APIL

Simon Quinn, Partner and Head of Military at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, has become the first solicitor in the country to be appointed as an Accredited Military Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The status of Accredited Military Injury Specialist is granted to a person who has not only achieved APIL Senior…

Fair trials now impossible after Panorama programme

Hilary Meredith Solicitors says Panorama’s War Crimes Scandal Exposed has made it impossible for soldiers and veterans to receive a fair trial in the event of any future prosecutions. Breaches against service personal and veterans include: – Article 6, Human Right Act, Right to a Fair Trial. – Article 8, Human Rights Act, Right to…

Human Rights Act pledges need careful scrutiny

Press reports today suggest the Conservatives are pledging to end the “unfair trials” of soldiers accused of murders in Northern Ireland by banning inquests from returning verdicts of unlawful killings for deaths during the Troubles. The party is pledging to amend the Human Rights Act to exclude any death in Northern Ireland that took place…

Grotesquely negligent MoD can no longer hide behind crown immunity

Hilary Meredith has today accused the MoD of being “grotesquely negligent” and “repeating the mistakes of the past” after Senior Birmingham coroner Louise Hunt concluded there had been “very serious” failings at all levels as she concluded a hearing into the death of Corporal Joshua Hoole. Cpl Hoole’s father Phillip Hoole, says he plans to…

Military psychiatrist says the government is failing in its duty of care to veterans

A leading military psychiatrist has accused the government of failing in its duty of care to veterans. Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health at King’s College London, says former personnel are being left frightened and alone – despite the existence of the Armed Forces Covenant. Professor Greenberg says the promise to give priority health…

Law Society Excellence Awards – delighted to shortlisted

Hilary Meredith was delighted to be shortlisted for the Women Solicitor of the Year accolade at last night’s Law Society Excellence Awards. The Law Society Excellence Awards have been celebrating the hard work and inspiring achievements of solicitors, legal teams and firms of all sizes across England and Wales for the past 13 years. The…

Q Fever Soldier granted permission to Appeal

Former soldier Wayne Bass, who lost his legal claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after contracting Q fever in Afghanistan, has been granted permission to Appeal. Mr Bass’ solicitor, Dianne Yates from specialist military law firm Hilary Meredith Solicitors, confirmed that the Appeal is listed to be heard on 5 and 6 December 2019…

Dismay as Government drops plans to protect military veterans

The Government has dropped plans to protect military veterans from prosecution in Monday’s Queen’s Speech, according to reports over the weekend.   Reacting to the news, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester said:   “I am dismayed by the lack of…

Highest ever rankings in Legal 500 with Hilary Meredith named as leading individual

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has achieved its highest ever rankings in leading legal directory, The Legal 500, published today. Hilary Meredith is ranked as a Band 1 Leading Individual for Claimant Personal Injury in the North West, while Sinead Cartwright, Dianne Yates and Simon Quinn are named as other key lawyers. The Legal 500 says: “Niche…

Veteran friendly GPs have my full support

It is encouraging to read that an increasing number of GPs are signing up to become ‘veteran friendly’ under a national scheme launched last year to improve medical care and treatment for former members of the armed services. The scheme, called the Military Veteran Aware Accreditation, has been adopted by NHS England and the Royal…

Hilary Meredith speaking at today’s Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Symposium at the University of Chester

Hilary Meredith is a guest speaker at today’s Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Symposium at the University of Chester. As Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester’s Westminster Centre, Hilary will be speaking at 2pm on the legal support available to veterans. During her address, Hilary will refer to the…

Veterans’ Centre shortlisted for award

I am delighted and proud that the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing at the University of Chester, where I am Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs, has been shortlisted for the Military and Civilian Partnership Award at the Health Service Journal Awards 2019. The Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in…

MoD’s longstop plans are “absurd and arrogant in the extreme”

On Friday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a statement in response to an article in The Times regarding proposals for a civil litigation longstop. Defence in the media: Armed forces recruitment and compensation claims Commenting on the MoD’s statement, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors said: “It is clear that the MoD is…