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…

Coroner backs legal aid for Birmingham Six inquests

The families of those killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings should have properly funded legal representation at the new inquests into their deaths, a senior coroner said yesterday. Judge Peter Thornton, QC, who will conduct the hearings into the deaths of 21 people in the IRA bombing of two city centre pubs, said there…

Pressure mounts on PM to protect our troops

The Times is reporting that Theresa May is under pressure to strengthen a plan to protect troops from spurious legal claims after warnings that it will not protect soldiers already being pursued. The prime minister has pledged to opt out of international human rights laws when Britain goes to war in future following an avalanche…

Thrilled and honoured

I was thrilled and honoured to be named as Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at 2016 Eclipse Personal Injury Awards last night. The awards, now in their ninth year, took place at the Grange St. Paul’s hotel in London. Organised by Barker Brooks Communications, the publisher of Claims Media, they were attended by…

Hilary Meredith Named as Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year

Hilary Meredith, CEO at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, was last night named as Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at 2016 Eclipse Personal Injury Awards. The awards, now in their ninth year, took place at the Grange St. Paul’s hotel in London. Organised by Barker Brooks Communications, the publisher of Claims Media, the awards…

Jonny Mercer – a talented, passionate and committed MP

I was at the Carlton Club last night for a dinner hosted by Johnny Mercer MP, Chair of the Defence subcommittee looking into support for former and serving personnel subject to judicial processes. Johnny, a former soldier, talked of his journey to become MP for Plymouth, his desire to look after his constituents, his passion…

Military Veterans and their Families wellbeing symposium

I spent yesterday at the University of Chester’s beautiful riverside campus as the guest speaker at the Military Veterans and their Families wellbeing symposium hosted by the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing. This was the first symposium and it was well supported by a large audience including the Deans of the…

Broughton House is our new charity

I am delighted we have chosen Broughton House as our official charity for the next twelve months. Based in Salford, Broughton House is the sole independent provider of nursing and residential care for veterans of the armed forces and merchant navy in the North West. Broughton House was formed in 1916 by Colonel Sir William…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors names Broughton House as its official charity

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has named Broughton House as its official charity for the next twelve months. Based in Salford, Broughton House is the sole independent provider of nursing and residential care for veterans of the armed forces and merchant navy in the North West. Broughton House was formed in 1916 by Colonel Sir William…