Combat immunity plans a retrograde step

Ministry of Defence acting like it is above the law Hilary Meredith has criticised proposals by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to scrap the legal duty of care it owes to service personnel in the course of combat. Under the proposed scheme, personnel would no longer be able to sue the MoD for negligence. Compensation…

Defence Select Committee recommends immediate closure of Iraq Historic Allegations Team – our reaction

he Defence Select Committee Report has today recommended the immediate closure of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT). Commenting on the recommendation, Hilary Meredith, CEO at Hilary Meredith Solicitors said: “It is absolutely right that IHAT should be shut down with immediate effect. “Funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), this flawed, incompetent and repugnant…

Outbreak of legionnaires’ disease on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Balmoral ship

Have you been on board the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Balmoral cruise ship?  Do you have family or friends who have been on board the ship? Hilary Meredith Solicitors is aware that there has been a serious outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease on the Balmoral with a number of holidaymakers now hospitalised and seriously ill. Hilary…

Shiner – my thoughts and reflections

Disgraced lawyer Phil Shiner was struck off last week in a case which made national news headlines. I’ve spoken at length to the broadcast and print media over the last couple of days and, having had time to reflect, here are my thoughts: The public needs to have confidence in lawyers and our legal system….

Phil Shiner and the MoD – time for full disclosure

Today I am calling for full disclosure of the Ministry of Defence’s financial dealings with disgraced lawyer Phil Shiner and failed firm Public Interest Lawyers. Some of Shiner’s claims led to the £25m, five-year-long Al-Sweady inquiry, which later dismissed the allegations and said they were based on calculated and deliberate lies by Iraqis.  Others led…

Hilary Meredith calls for full disclosure of MoD’s dealings with Phil Shiner and Public Interest Lawyers

Hilary Meredith has today called for full disclosure of the Ministry of Defence’s financial dealings with disgraced lawyer Phil Shiner and failed firm Public Interest Lawyers. Some of Shiner’s claims led to the £25m, five-year-long Al-Sweady inquiry, which later dismissed the allegations and said they were based on calculated and deliberate lies by Iraqis.  Other…

Admitted as Freeman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company

I am thrilled to have been admitted as a Freeman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company. The City of London Solicitors’ Company is the Livery Company for City solicitors. It is unusual among Livery Companies in that it is a working Company and all members are required to practise or to have practised as…

Hilary Meredith admitted as Freeman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company

Hilary Meredith, CEO of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, was last night admitted as a Freeman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company. The City of London Solicitors’ Company is the Livery Company for City solicitors. It is unusual among Livery Companies in that it is a working Company and all members are required to practise…

Expanding in London – immediate opportunities for paralegals

Due to our ongoing expansion, Hilary Meredith Solicitors has immediate vacancies for paralegals at our London office (1 Mitre Court, Inner Temple). As one of the country’s most progressive law firms, this is a great opportunity to potentially secure a training contract or mini-pupillage in the future. Please send you CV and covering letter to…

Mohammed v MoD – at last common sense has prevailed

At last a sensible decision in the case of Mohammed and others v Ministry of Defence. https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2015-0218.html British forces held Taliban bomb maker Serdar Mohammed in detention longer that the permitted 96 hours for “imperative reasons of security”. The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the rules designed for peace keeping could not easily be adapted…

Thrilled to be shortlisted at Manchester Legal Awards

We are thrilled to be shortlisted for Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Team of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Legal Awards. The Manchester Legal Awards are organised by  Manchester Law Society to “recognise and reward the wide range of skills and talent this region has to offer” to the legal sector.  The winners will…

End of Ulster witch-hunt? Let’s hope so

I was pleased to read that police and prosecutors will be banned by law from turning investigations of British troops in Northern Ireland into a ‘witch-hunt’. Ministers have begun work on legislation which will compel authorities to treat historical cases with ‘proportionality’, reports the Daily Mail. Under proposals being drafted in Whitehall, there would be…

A sign of things to come?

I was concerned to read that the MoD is refusing to give details of how a young British soldier lost his life during a training mission in Iraq. Could this be a sign of things to come? The MoD’s current proposals on combat immunity would throw a blanket of secrecy over all military operations and…

Combat immunity – a Whitehall whitewash

The Secretary of State for Defence has announced new plans to place a blanket of immunity over all MoD operations. To throw a smoke screen called combat immunity over every military operation will send us back to the pre 1987 days when circumstances of all injury and deaths were secret and known only within the…