Mansion House Banquet

I attended a fabulous banquet organised by The Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London at Mansion House last night. Guests included the Lord Mayor, Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls, President of the Law Society and Chair of the Bar Council. The City of London Solicitors’ Company, of which I’m proud…

Northern Ireland – why the MoD must take corporate responsibility

It has been reported that as many as 1,000 ex-servicemen will be viewed as manslaughter or murder suspects in the multi-million pound trawl into the Troubles. All 302 killings by British soldiers over 30 years of conflict are being investigated afresh — in marked contrast to the treatment of IRA terrorists and suspects who have…

International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day, an event observing the political, economic and cultural achievements of women all over the world. The 2017 theme – marked globally by performances, talks and marches – is #BeBoldForChange. People are being encouraged to take groundbreaking action to help improve gender equality. It’s a particularly resonant topic with divisive politics…

High heels row – my thoughts

An inquiry into work dress codes has exposed “widespread discrimination” against women, MPs have said. The investigation was prompted by a petition, being debated by MPs, that called for a ban on requiring women to wear high heels at work. MPs said they were “shocked” by stories submitted as part of the inquiry, which included…

Proud

Hilary Meredith Solicitors was last night named as Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Team of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Legal Awards. The awards, now in their eighth year, took place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.  Organised by Manchester Law Society, the evening was attended by over 650 guests from Greater Manchester and…

Zoe Holland joins Hilary Meredith Solicitors as non-executive director

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has appointed Zoe Holland as the firm’s first non-executive director. Nationally recognised for entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategic leadership, Zoe is managing director of ZebraLC, the UK’s leading technical due diligence, audit and consulting business focused on the legal sector. As the firm’s first appointed NED, the role will include input into…

Better combat compensation consultation – my thoughts

Servicemen and women injured during combat will be shut out of the justice system under new Government plans to widen the scope of combat immunity to stop claims of negligence coming to court. Under the proposals, combat immunity – which provides an exemption from legal liability for members of the armed forces and the government…

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…