JUSTICE TO BE DONE FOR OUR ARMED FORCES

This morning we have woken up to the news that David Cameron, Prime Minister, has ordered a “major crackdown on abuse by lawyers pursuing soldiers through the courts for simply serving their country and doing their jobs on operations”. The announcement has given me some relief that at long last, the Government is stepping in…

Why we welcome David Cameron’s war on witch hunt lawyers

Today’s breaking news:   –           PM has ordered changes to legal aid, no-win no-fee cases and civil courts –           In unprecedented move, David Cameron also threatened to sue a law firm –           Part of bid to stop witch-hunt against soldiers who were ‘doing their jobs’ –           No 10 source: ‘The Prime Minister is deeply concerned…

First Gulf War

It is 25 years since British involvement in the First Gulf War. I remember Margaret Thatcher making the decision to go to war and, in the aftermath, how we fought for justice for those who served and the legacy which became known as Gulf War Syndrome. Of course there wasn’t a syndrome as such this…

Lariam Update

It has been reported by the Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer that the Ministry of Defence has admitted to the Defence Select Committee that they failed to follow the manufactures guidelines when prescribing the anti-malaria drug Lariam to its troops. It is rare for the MOD to make such an admission and it will be warmly…

Army earplugs and hearing loss

There is a story in the press today about the Army paying out compensation to an ex soldier because gunfire damaging his hearing, Philip Goodman suffered hearing loss when his earplugs fell out during a mock battle in Pembroke. The MoD has known for many years that the ear plus they provide are simply not…

Combat immunity

I wholeheartedly agree with the letter to the editor from Sir Desmond De Silva QC (www.sirdesmonddesilvaqc.com) in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph, where he states that Human Rights legislation is totally inappropriate on the battlefield and the law of armed conflict should operate. I have long suggested that combat immunity is appropriate in wartime where, in the…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd launches new Family Law department

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has expanded its service offering with the launch of a Family Law department. Already regarded as the UK’s leading Military law firm and Personal injury specialists, the firm has appointed highly regarded solicitor Paul Reay to head up its new team. Paul, who joins the firm from Lewis Rodgers Solicitors, is…

Fraudsters found guilty – congratulations Keoghs & Churchill Insurance

In a recent case the persistence of Churchill Insurance (part of Direct Line Group) coupled with investigations by defendant law firm, Keoghs, has resulted in four fraudsters being sentenced to a combined 24 months at the Liverpool High Court on 22 December 2015.Many congratulations to Keoghs and Churchill for this verdict it is in everyone’s…

Christmas Present Raffle

Every year Hilary Meredith Solicitors pools all the Christmas presents we kindly receive and has a staff raffle to raise money for the Royal British Legion.  This also means that every member of staff has the opportunity to receive a lovely present to thank them for the contribution they have made over the course of…

Young professionals netball league – match report

Last night saw team HMS play Freeths in the Manchester Young Professionals Netball League. Having analysed Freeths’ earlier results and having noticed what a tall team we were up against, HMS knew we would have to be on form with our tactics in order to secure a win against a tough team. Fortunately we had…

SRA “competency” project long overdue

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to launch a research project on the “competence” of personal injury lawyers. This review of competency in the personal injury sector is long overdue. For too long, we have been badly affected by rogue players trying to make a fast profit instead of providing a sustainable, quality offering to…

Further proof of why AFCS is failing to protect our soldiers

There is a disturbing story in today’s Daily Mail. dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3341988/How-wife-heartless-Simon-maimed-Taliban-bomb-wife-walked-squandered-1million-compensation-took-court-MORE.html Simon Vaughan was awarded £1.1m after his vehicle hit by bomb in Afghanistan.  The 31-year-old soldier was left brain-damaged and in a wheelchair after blast.  His wife Donna, 33, walked out on him in 2013 after squandering his payout. Those who follow my blog know…

“Criminal recklessness” in SAS Brecon deaths

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd believes that the failings which led to the deaths of three SAS reservists in the Brecon Beacons amounted to “criminal recklessness”. L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Cpl James Dunsby died as a result of neglect on a 16-mile march in 2013. In written evidence, Hilary Meredith Solicitors told a…

Medical Research learned in battlefield helping civilians

I was fortunate to attend the Royal British Legion Annual Research Update Event held at the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London yesterday.  The day comprised of speakers who are leaders in their field from the scientific community, from various backgrounds including military, medical and engineering.  What was very…

Is cheating rife in the Construction Industry

Construction workers across the UK are required to hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card which provides “proof” that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. These cards are seen as an industry benchmark.  It was therefore of concern to read of…

Grant Evatt meets Team GB Wheelchair Tennis ace Jamie Burdekin

The Nottingham Indoor Tennis Tournament held this week at the City of Nottingham Indoor Tennis Centre saw our former Royal Marine and Paralympian Jamie Burdekin face tough tests against some worthy opponents in the Men’s Quad Singles in which he is 4th seed and the Doubles in which he is seeded 1st. The pairing of…

Is Skiing A Forgotten Sport When It Comes To Risk Assessment?

Skiing is a wonderful outdoor sport. It affords exhilaration and excellent exercise, in beautiful surroundings like few other sports but it can of course be very dangerous! Every year thousands of people head for ski resorts around the world. The tragic death of a seven year old British child in the French Alps has highlighted…

Jamie Burdekin runner-up in World Tour Finals Match

Jamie Burdekin and his partner Andy Lapthorne were narrowly beaten by the US partnership of Nick Taylor and David Wagner in the 2015 UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters on Saturday in California. In a thrilling final, Jamie and Andy, second seeds going into the tournament, went down 6-4,  3-6, 6-3 against the two highly experienced Americans. …

My admiration for Rick Clements

I am full of admiration for Afghanistan veteran and double amputee, Sergeant Ric Clements, who walked unaided to lay a poppy wreath in Blackpool yesterday. Rick was seriously injured after stepping on a mine while serving with the Duke of Lancashire regiment in Helmand in 2010. The 35-year-old ‘died’ twice on the flight home from…