The Poppy Ball Garden Party at Garrard Royal Jewellers

I attended the Poppy Ball garden party last night held at Garrard, the royal jewellers in aid of the Royal British Legion. We were given a wonderful talk on the founding of the jewelers. This was in 1735 when they received a commission from the then Prince of Wales and today it still remains the…

Pancake the duckling!

At the Meredith household we have a crazy family of ducks who return each year. The mother duck (lovingly named ‘Hop-a-long’ due to her limp) chose to nest in my hanging basket of all places, high up and safe from foxes. Protective of her nest, she tried to bite you if you went anywhere near…

Are We Safe To Travel?

When booking a holiday we all expect our accommodation to be safe and to have been checked out by the tour operator that we are travelling with. However, the deaths of Robert and Christianne Shepherd in 2006 from carbon monoxide poisoning in their holiday bungalow in Corfu has shown that this is not always the…

Cycling Success for Gary Boyd

Gary Boyd, Partner at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited has successfully completed a 346 kilometre charity cycle challenge from London to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam to raise funds for the Spinal Injuries Association. The 3 day challenge started in Tunbridge Wells with the group cycling through the Kent countryside to catch a ferry from Dover…

Go Gary!

Gary Boyd, Partner at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, is currently raising funds for the Spinal Injuries Association in a sponsored bike ride from London to Amsterdam! Everyone at Hilary Meredith Solicitors is supporting Gary and urging him on. His JustGiving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Gary-Boyd2 Good luck Gary! Hilary Meredith

Crucial research into bomb blast injuries

I was privileged yesterday to view the crucial research being undertaken by the team at Imperial College London and funded by the Royal British Legion in to the effects of bomb blast injuries to the human body. The aim of the research is not only to gather a better understanding of the effects of bomb…

Gove in, Grayling out

I see Michael Gove is the new Justice Minister with a mandate to stamp out the Human Rights Act in 100 days. As Catrin Griffiths says in The Lawyer Magazine today Gove is a controversial but heavyweight politician. David Cameron’s decision to put him in charge of the Ministry of Justice shows that he needs…

WILL AID – MAKING A WILL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Throughout the month of November 2014 Hilary Meredith Solicitors again took part in Will Aid, the UKs top charity Will-writing scheme to help improve the lives of many individuals, groups and communities in the UK and throughout the world. In the three years that Hilary Meredith Solicitors have been taking part in the National Will…

Troubling reporting

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph, (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/northernireland/11566363/Army-general-sued-over-1973-loyalist-murder.html) states that a senior General is being sued by a widow of a Catholic man killed by loyalists at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. General Sir Frank Kitson, who is now 88, is accused of knowingly allowing loyalist groups to conduct criminal actions during…

Grant Evatt Appointed to APIL’s Executive Committee

Grant Evatt, Partner and Main Board Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). APIL’s Executive Committee members work on a voluntary basis, striving to achieve APIL’s objectives for the benefit of injured people. Commenting in his appointment, which was announced at…

Outdoor Adventure Accidents on the Rise

Outdoor adventure activities have become increasingly popular over recent years whether it be rock climbing, cycling, parachuting, other aeronautics, water sports or winter sports. These activities are fun and thrilling but can also of course be dangerous and lead to injuries, and tragically at times these can be very serious injuries. This year at Hilary…

Cycle Law – A Test for Jackson

As a keen cyclist ( or ‘mamil’ – ‘middle –aged man in lycra’) , currently in training for a ride from Tunbridge Wells to Amsterdam in aid of the Spinal Injuries Association, and as a Personal Injury Lawyer, I have two sound reasons for interest in ‘Road share; Campaign for Strict Liability’ launched in 2014…

Human Rights, lawyers and the theatre of war

I believe lawyers who have used the Human Rights Legislation and taxpayers’ money, via legal aid, to pursue unfounded cases against our own military are in the wrong and should be made to refund a large proportion of the funds they have received – win or lose. The loophole in the Legal Aid system which…

The Impact Of War

With the majority of the British troops pulling out of Afghanistan and the seemingly end of a 13 year war, the scars are very much real and prominent. It has been reported today in the Telegraph that Combat Stress has warned that cases of PTSD in veterans are up a quarter in a year. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11503889/Veterans-PTSD-cases-up-a-quarter-in-a-year-charity-warns.html…

NHS England to face a funding Deficit of up to £30bn by 2020

For anyone who watched the ‘In good health’ discussion, broadcast on Channel 4 News on Tuesday 24 March 2015, it will hardly come as a surprise to hear that the NHS has effectively suffered a funding freeze over the course of the last Parliament, in the face of  rising costs and patient numbers. However, what…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors in the Press

Hilary Meredith was featured in the March edition of Claims Magazine talking about the increase in Court Fees Claims Magazine – 1 March 2015 (1) Hilary Meredith Solicitors appeared in the Wilmslow Express following the additions of Mark Farrell  and Grant Evatt to the Board Wilmslow Express – 12 March 2015

Hilary Meredith Solicitors welcomes ‘veterans village’

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has welcomed news that a ground-breaking new ‘veterans’ village’ is being planned for north Manchester – transforming empty houses into a haven for former members of the armed forces. The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Manchester council has joined with the BBC and the charity Walking with the Wounded to…

COURT FEES INCREASE WILL COST ALL OF US

Despite considerable opposition the plans to increase court fees by up to 622% have been introduced. Whilst the impact of this increase on individuals and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) who are suing for debts or recovering compensation remains to be seen, we have little doubt that the Government’s assertion that the increase will…