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…

Former commando turned lawyer slams news of further army cuts

Grant Evatt, London-based Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, has expressed his concern over news that the British Army could be reduced to its smallest size in nearly 250 years, taking its overall troop level to just 50,000 soldiers. A report by the respected Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) suggests that defence budgets may be…

Claims against British troops – the lowest of the low

Pleased to learn that the Government is retaliating against those who make vexatious allegations of ‘war crimes’ against blameless British troops.  Last year a public inquiry into alleged atrocities in Iraq by British Troops concluded that all the claims of murder and torture against them were ‘wholly without foundation’ and ‘entirely the product of deliberate…

Help Gary to Help the Spinal Injuries Association

Gary Boyd, Partner at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited is preparing to take part in a charity cycle challenge from London to the beautiful Dutch capital of Amsterdam to raise funds for the Spinal Injuries Association. The 3 day challenge starts in Tunbridge Wells with the group cycling through the Kent countryside to catch a ferry…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors in February 2015 Issue of PI Focus

The latest issue of PI focus features an article regarding injuries received by a former RAF Reg Flight Sergeant when he went to the aid of his neighbour. Simon Quinn of Hilary Meredith Solicitors acted for the Claimant and represented him at the Appeal Hearing before an Independent Tribunals Service panel. PI Focus – February…

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism (SARAH) Bill receives Royal Assent and becomes law

Chris Grayling’s ridiculous SARAH bill has now become law after it received Royal Assent last week. The legislation compels judges to consider certain factors when determining the applicable standard of care in a negligence claim. The aim of the proposed legislation is to alleviate people’s fears of incurring liability when participating in socially useful activities….

Are School Compensation Claims Affecting Our Children?

With a recent newspaper headline highlighting that a teaching assistant in Blackpool slipped on a jigsaw piece and cost education bosses nearly £40,000 in compensation and legal costs, it seems that yet again, personal injury lawyers are in the firing line. We are told that the compensation culture is alive and well and out of…

Can The Success Of London 2012 Be Repeated With Manchester’s Airport City?

Manchester Airport is set to become the first airport in the United Kingdom to build an airport city. The airport city hub is forecast to cost £800 million, creating a total of 1600 jobs through building  offices, industrial units retail and leisure sites.  Major multi- million pound construction projects like this present major challenges in…

Insult to injury

The Royal British Legion should be praised for its latest campaign Insult to Injury in which it is highlighting the fact that thousands of injured veterans are having to pay for their own social care, contrary to the Military Covenant. Veterans who were injured in Service before 6 April 2005 receive a War Disablement Pension,…

It’s no surprise that people are spurning national brands

Most private clients would rather go to a traditional local law firm rather than a national brand, according to a major annual market snapshot published today. Personally I am not at all surprised by these findings. In my experience, clients much prefer the individual attention and client care provided by smaller niche firms rather than…

Winter Roads Accident Advice

Over the years many of us will have seen the disruption that winter road conditions can cause. And unless we want to be another road traffic accident statistic leading to a personal injury, we must learn to adapt the way we drive. As well as the main hazards of snow and ice, winter also brings…

The Armed Forces and depression

Earlier this week a study carried out by researchers at King’s College London revealed that members of the UK Armed Forces are twice as likely to develop depression and anxiety than members of the general working population. Unlike Dr Laura Goodwin who stated “the findings were not what we expected”, the results of the study…