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…

Intimidated by the Ministry of Defence – I’ve been there too

It has been revealed that the Conservative MP presiding over a parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of Iraq war veterans has received texts in the middle of the night from Government officials demanding he be less critical of ministers. Johnny Mercer, a former Army captain, told The Telegraph in an interview: “The texts have been…

Hilary Meredith calls for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) to be shut down

Hilary Meredith is today calling for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) to be shut down. Says Hilary: “There has been much reported about Ihat including the bully-boy tactics of investigators posing as detectives with powers of arrest when non-existed. “The rights afforded to anyone arrested by the police under PACE have also been completely…

Why I am calling for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) to be shut down

Today I am calling for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) to be shut down. There has been much reported about Ihat including the bully-boy tactics of investigators posing as detectives with powers of arrest when non-existed. The rights afforded to anyone arrested by the police under PACE have also been completely absent. Then there…

Shame on you Phil Shiner

A lawyer whose firm brought hundreds of claims against British troops for war crimes has admitted he acted without integrity and paid a tout thousands to find him cases. Phil Shiner, from Public Interest Lawyers, wrote a letter confessing some of his actions to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over his firm’s alleged involvement in false…

Northern Ireland – yet another witch-hunt

There are reports today that a new probe has been launched into all 302 killings by British troops in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. Around 1,000 former servicemen, many now in their 60s and 70s, will have their actions brought under scrutiny in the legal inquiry. The 238 ‘fatal incidents’, which involved the deaths of…

MoD’s request for extra AFCS funds doesn’t bode well for the future

It has been reported that a blunder at the Treasury has forced the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to ask for an extra £438 million from emergency funds to cover payments from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. The error was exposed last week when Mark Lancaster, MoD parliamentary under-secretary, admitted an “inadvertent publishing error” had been…

Defence Secretary to outline new proposals for troops injured in combat

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon will today announce a 12-week consultation on plans to increase awards for servicemen and women injured in combat. This will be a huge relief to soldiers injured in the front line. We have fought long and hard to help soldiers seriously injured or harmed in the battlefield. The MoD quite…

Also recruiting in Wilmslow

Our head office in Wilmslow is expanding. We are looking for the very best legal talent. Positions for –    Paralegals –    Trainees –    Associate solicitors Please send your CV to Hilary Meredith – hilary@hmsolicitors.co.uk

Defence Secretary to outline new proposals for troops injured in combat

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon will today announce a 12-week consultation on plans to increase awards for servicemen and women injured in combat. Leading military solicitor Hilary Meredith, welcomed the news. “This will be a huge relief to soldiers injured in the front line,” said Hilary. “We have fought long and hard to help soldiers…

We are recruiting

Due to an exciting period of growth our London office based at Mitre Court, Inner Temple is recruiting. We are looking for the very best lawyers to work on high quality, ground-breaking work.  We are looking for people with a passion for excellence and client care. Current vacancies include: Clinical negligence solicitors at all levels…

MoD again refuses to accept corporate responsibility

In hiding behind crown immunity, the MoD is defying the will of a Parliamentary Inquiry and flying in the face of public opinion says Hilary Meredith The Ministry of Defence has again refused to accept corporate responsibility for deaths in training, exercises and selection events. At today’s evidence session the Select Committee followed up various…