The MoD, veterans and asbestos exposure

I welcome news that David Cameron is to review the way in which veterans dying due to asbestos exposure during their military service are compensated. During Prime Ministers Questions yesterday, the Prime Minister was challenged by Labour MP Dave Anderson over the unfair treatment of former service personnel suffering from mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer caused…

A Report Based on a Survey to our Military Clients

This report  based on a survey to our military clients highlights the grim reality of life on Civvy Street for former members of UK Armed Forces. Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd contacted 809 military service personnel who have suffered an injury while serving in the armed forces. The contact details were taken from the firm’s database. The…

Hilary Meredith named as judge for 2016 Modern Claims Awards

Hilary Meredith, CEO and founder of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, has been invited to judge the 2016 Modern Claims Awards. The Modern Claims Awards, now in their second year, were launched to celebrate cross-industry talent and success. The Awards were launched in 2015 following the huge success of Modern Claims Magazine and the Modern Claims…

MND and Gulf War 1

The Guardian reports that soldiers who have been in the UK armed forces are 50% more likely to develop motor neurone disease than those who have never served. The incurable neurodegenerative disease attacks nerves in the brain and spinal cord leading to progressive paralysis and affects about 5,000 people in the UK. A number of…

Tax Refunds For Current And Former Military

Hilary Meredith Solicitors welcomes the news that more and more of the UK’s Armed Forces community are enjoying tax refunds averaging £2,500 after realising they are eligible to claim for travel expenses incurred whilst serving. Forces TV reports that thousands of the forces community are using the cash rebates for everything from supporting their family,…

Air Disasters and the Impact of Shoreham

At the Shoreham Air Show, West Sussex, on 22nd August 2015, at Shoreham Airport, a vintage Hawker Hunter T7 Jet crashed onto the A27 Trunk Road, which was busy with vehicles. As a tragic result, 11 people were killed and 16 others injured. Amazingly, Mr. Andrew Hill, the 51 year old Pilot, was pulled from…

Pursuing An Abuse Claim – The Fight For Justice

Lord Janner, who is accused of 22 counts of sexual abuse against boys aged 16 and under, dating from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, was ordered to attend a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court where, despite Lord Janner purportedly suffering from severe dementia, the Chief Magistrate ruled that his attendance was mandatory. This Order followed…

Sunday Telegraph Article

There was an excellent article in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph – £150 million legal bill for troops just doing their duty. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11938476/150m-legal-bill-for-troops-just-doing-their-duty.html I have long campaigned against the tactics of Human Rights lawyers – the most infamous of which is Phil Shiner – who acted for Iraqi’s, accusing the British military of brutality and demanding compensation…

New credit union is a positive step but financial advice needs to be extended to AFCS awards

A credit union has been launched to support Armed Forces personnel access safe and affordable finance, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced today – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-credit-union-service-launched-for-the-armed-forces On the face of it this appears a very good initiative and I welcome it. However, what is also needed, and which is something that we have been tirelessly campaigning parliament…

Larium – unanswered questions remain

The manufacturer of Lariam, a drug that has been blamed for causing suicides and illnesses among Irish soldiers, has agreed to pay a settlement for the first time in a case taken against it in Ireland. The Select Defence Committee has also this week published the MoD’s response to its letter regarding Lariam. The Committee…

Larium – unanswered questions remain

The manufacturer of Lariam, a drug that has been blamed for causing suicides and illnesses among Irish soldiers, has agreed to pay a settlement for the first time in a case taken against it in Ireland. The settlement comes at a time when the Ministry of Defence is facing increasing scrutiny over its use of…

Will the MoD learn its lesson this time?

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has cautiously welcomed the news that military chiefs have been ordered to carry out two inquiries after the deaths of three men on the Brecon Beacons in 2013. L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Cpl James Dunsby died as a result of neglect on the 16-mile march. The inquiries will see if…

Will the MoD learn its lesson this time?

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has cautiously welcomed the news that military chiefs have been ordered to carry out two inquiries after the deaths of three men on the Brecon Beacons in 2013. L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Cpl James Dunsby died as a result of neglect on the 16-mile march. The inquiries will see if…

Hilary Meredith renews sponsorship of Team GB Paralympian

Hilary Meredith Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have renewed their sponsorship of one of our top wheelchair tennis players Jamie Burdekin. Jamie will be part of the Team GB squad at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 and we are thrilled to be able to join him on that journey to what we all…

Congratulations to Millwall FC on raising £36,905.85 for Headley Court

Last Saturday representatives from Millwall presented personnel from Headley Court with a cheque for £36,905.85 – the money raised since the club announced it would support the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre by playing against Brentford in unique, one-off camouflage shirts back in November 2014. The initiative, which also marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak…

Congratulations to Millwall FC on raising £36,905.85 for Headley Court

Last Saturday representatives from Millwall presented personnel from Headley Court with a cheque for £36,905.85 – the money raised since the club announced it would support the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre by playing against Brentford in unique, one-off camouflage shirts back in November 2014. The initiative, which also marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak…

For Queen and Country

Despite the remains of a tropical storm swathing its way across the UK, I enjoyed a magnificent evening at the Tower of London this week. As a major fundraiser for Coming Home, the Haig Housing Trust’s fundraising campaign to provide specially adapted homes for our severely injured soldiers, images of our brave heroes were projected…

I fully support the campaign to defend Sergeant Blackman.

Messages of support and financial contributions have poured in after shocking evidence casting doubt on the jailed Royal Marine’s conviction was revealed. There is an important legal point in addition to the new evidence. It is already recognised in law that in the heat of battle decision making is impaired and “combat immunity” exists where…

Success in the Court of Appeal for Hilary Meredith Solicitors

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has successfully represented the claimant in resisting an appeal by the Ministry of Defence against the judgment of HHJ Horton. Kevin Lillington, the claimant, was injured whilst on a promotional course in the Army. The MOD contested all issues at trial and then appealed the damages and a finding that he would…