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…

Army complaints process letting down female and BAME staff

MPs have said that a “disproportionate” number of female and ethnic minority personnel in the armed forces file internal complaints. A Commons Defence Committee report said the number of complaints, which often allege discrimination, bullying and harassment, was a “serious concern”. The report published on Wednesday said there was “no clear data” to suggest why,…

MoD betraying our troops with “back door” legislation

The Ministry of Defence today stands accused of betraying thousands of troops who have served their country on deployments abroad by introducing “back door” legislation to prevent them from seeking legal redress for life-changing injuries. Under section 11 of the Limitation Act 1980, personal injury claims (including PTSD) must normally be brought within three years…

Hilary Meredith shortlisted at Law Society Excellence Awards

Hilary Meredith has been shortlisted for the Woman Solicitor of the Year accolade at the 2019 Law Society Excellence Awards. The Law Society Excellence Awards have been celebrating the hard work and inspirational achievements of solicitors, legal teams and firms of all sizes across England and Wales for the past 12 years. The expert judges…

Veterans’ Office is a giant leap forward

I am delighted Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is to establish Britain’s first dedicated veterans’ office with the aim of stopping the legal witch-hunt against our troops. Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, a former Army officer and frontline soldier, was yesterday appointed veterans minister working across the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence. The idea is that…

Niamh Finan performs in New York Show!

A Legal Assistant at Hilary Meredith Solicitors in Wilmslow has achieved a lifelong ambition and appeared in a New York show. Niamh Finan, who works in the firm’s clinical negligence team, successfully auditioned for Buried in December 2017. After getting the part, Niamh, from Cheadle Hulme, went on to perform in London, Leicester, the Edinburgh…

Defence Committee has missed an opportunity to end the great betrayal of our veterans

Solicitor Hilary Meredith, who acts for service personnel, veterans and their families and provided evidence to the Drawing a Line: Protecting Veterans by a Statute of Limitations Inquiry, believes the Defence Committee has missed an opportunity to end the “great betrayal of our veterans”. Commenting on today’s Defence Committee report, Ms Meredith, Chair of Hilary…

Proud to play our part in the Veterans’ Pledge

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is proud to have worked with MPs on a new campaign to end a host of ongoing injustices against military veterans. Under the three-part Veterans’ Pledge, which is being supported by The Sun Newspaper, we are urging Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt when they enter No10 to agree to: 1. Create a…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors sponsors Macclesfield Armed Forces Day

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is delighted to sponsor Macclesfield Armed Forces Day on Saturday (29 June). Working with Cheshire Silk’s 106.9 the firm is urging everyone to show their support for the Men and Women who make up the Armed Forces Community, from currently serving troops to Service families, Veterans and Cadets. The Parade starts at…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors sponsors Macclesfield Armed Forces Day

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is delighted to sponsor Macclesfield Armed Forces Day on Saturday (29 June). Working with Cheshire Silk’s 106.9 the firm is urging everyone to show their support for the Men and Women who make up the Armed Forces Community, from currently serving troops to Service families, Veterans and Cadets. The Parade starts at…

Proud to support Broughton House

I am proud to be supporting Broughton House as a Trustee of the charity. Broughton House was originally founded under the name East Lancashire Home for Sailors and Soldiers in 1916 to care for soldiers and sailors who had been injured during the First World War. As a much-loved institution of Greater Manchester and the…

The shores of Normandy

In the cold grey light of the sixth of June, in the year of forty-four, The Empire Larch sailed out from Poole to join with thousands more. The largest fleet the world had seen, we sailed in close array, And we set our course for Normandy at the dawning of the day. There was not…

MPs debating whether Northern Ireland veterans should be given immunity 

MPs will today debate whether or not veterans who served in Northern Ireland should be given immunity. The Commons debate follows the success of a petition urging the Government to excuse Northern Ireland veterans from historical criminal investigations.  It was signed by more than 146,000 people. Why would you serve in the British Military to…

Hilary Meredith backs Defence Secretary over historical allegations

Hilary Meredith, who provided evidence to Parliament’s Statute of Limitations – Veterans Protections Inquiry, has welcomed news that Defence Secretary Penny Mourdant wants to extend protection to troops from repeated investigations into historical allegations to cover veterans of Northern Ireland. Penny Mordaunt said she feared the Government was in danger of repeating the mistakes of…

Johnny Mercer MP – standing for our armed forces

Conservative MP Johnny Mercer says he has withdrawn his support for Theresa May and her government over the historical prosecution of servicemen and women. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Mercer said it was “regrettable” that he could not continue to support the government. He called on Mrs May to end the “abhorrent…

Q Fever Soldier seeks 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 confirmed he is seeking permission to Appeal and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover his legal fees. Mr Bass believes the MoD breached its duty of care by failing him to provide…