Brian Wood – a true hero

Huge congratulations to Hilary Meredith Solicitors’ Ambassador, army veteran Brian Wood MC, who has finished his 25th marathon in 25 days – completing his epic 635-mile Ultimate Sacrifice Challenge.The former colour sergeant with 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment is raising money for the military charity, Walking with the Wounded.Mr Wood, who was awarded…

My thoughts on reforms to the House of Lords

Whilst payment for a seat in the Lords cannot be right, let’s not underestimate the hugely valuable role it plays in our political system. I have sat in the Lords listening to various debates on proposed legislation. Anyone who has done so cannot fail to appreciate the crucial work they undertake. The Lords acts as…

“Exasperated” Wallace knows where the buck stops

In an unprecedented move, The Times is reporting that Ben Wallace has summoned senior army generals to the Ministry of Defence for a dressing-down after becoming “exasperated” by a number of “worrying incidents” relating to culture and conduct in the service. It is the first time the defence secretary has “summoned” top brass to express…

Army suicides – service personnel still not asking for help

The regiment which suffered the most casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan also has the Army’s worst suicide rate, according to a new report by Sean Rayment in The Mirror. 66 soldiers from The Rifles were killed in action in both wars while a further 344 were wounded, according to official figures. Additionally, in the past…

RIP Dennis Hutchings

I am truly saddened by the death of Dennis Hutchings, an ex-soldier who has passed away while on trial over a fatal shooting during Northern Ireland’s Troubles. Mr Hutchings, 80, denied attempting to murder and cause grievous bodily harm to John Pat Cunningham. Mr Hutchings’ trial was adjourned for three weeks due to illness and…

Paralegal Position

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is a boutique law firm specialising in providing legal advice to current and former members of the Armed Forces community.Our award winning, claimant-based practice has established a strong reputation for campaigning for service personnel and protecting their rights. We are currently looking to recruit a Paralegal to personally assist Hilary Meredith with…

Wonderful and humbling day at Westminster Abbey

I was honoured to attend the Royal British Legion’s Centenary Service at Westminster Abbey today. The Queen was joined by her daughter Princess Anne at the national service to commemorate the 100-year milestone. The Royal British Legion has been a lifeline to the nation’s armed forces, veterans and the wider military family. Retired Lieutenant General…

UK military operations in Afghanistan – 20th anniversary

Commemorations have taken place this morning to mark the 20th anniversary of the start of our military operations in Afghanistan. UK troops left Afghanistan at the end of August, bringing an end to the 20-year war. Two wreath-laying ceremonies took place place at 07:30 am, intended by the Ministry of Defence to honour “the courage…

Sir John Chilcot – Obituary

There is a brilliantly written obituary on Sir John Chilcot in The Times today. Sir John, the civil servant whose inquiry into the Iraq war condemned the Blair government, has died of kidney disease aged 82. In 2016 Sir John delivered in a 2.6 million-word report, four times longer than War and Peace, and particularly…

Have you suffered injury after testing the Ajax Light Tank?

Service personnel who have tested the Army’s £3.5 billion Ajax light tank are being urged to take legal advice at the earliest opportunity, after the armoured vehicle was noted to have caused hearing loss, back spasms and joint pains. Months ago, MPs were told 121 personnel had been identified as requiring urgent hearing assessments because…

Johnny Mercer comment piece in The Times

I was moved by Johnny Mercer’s heartfelt comment piece on Afghanistan in The Sunday Times. The former Veterans Minister talks about how our “shameful exit” from Afghanistan has been a “catastrophe”. He pays tribute to the “service families and veterans at home”, while saying that he “cannot believe what we have done” to the Afghan…

Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past

The UK government has issued a paper to Parliament – Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past. Having visited the beautiful city of Belfast earlier in the year and toured the fabulous, award-winning Titanic Museum, it’s still hard to forget the city is renowned for a different reason. Taking a tour of Belfast, incredibly it…

Hilary Meredith recognised for her “fantastic service” to the Royal British Legion with Membership Centenary Award

Hilary Meredith has been recognised for her “fantastic service” to the Royal British Legion (RBL) with a prestigious Membership Centenary Award. As part of its Centenary year celebrations, the RBL launched a Rewards and Recognition Scheme recognising those who have contributed, above and beyond, to the Legion’s work and values. Naming Hilary as “one of…

MoD Gold Award for University of Chester

The University of Chester has been awarded the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed…

Plan to end all NI Troubles prosecutions confirmed

The government has confirmed it intends to bring forward legislation to ban all prosecutions related to the Troubles. Boris Johnson said the proposals to address the legacy of the past will allow Northern Ireland to “draw a line under the Troubles”. NI Secretary Brandon Lewis told Parliament it was a decision not taken lightly. But…

Dennis Hutchings – let down by the MoD

Former veterans minister Johnny Mercer will challenge the UK Government on behalf of Troubles soldiers claiming pledges to protect veterans have been broken.The MP accused his government of a “complete betrayal” of veterans, the Daily Mail has reported.The Plymouth Moor View MP and former army captain has lodged a witness statement in support of Dennis…

Paras acquitted after Northern Ireland trial collapses

Two former paratroopers accused of the murder of an Official IRA man in 1972 have been formally acquitted after their trial collapsed. Joe McCann, 24, was shot in disputed circumstances in Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast in April 1972. Soldiers A and C, both in their 70s, had pleaded not guilty. The…