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…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Welcomes Military High Court Ruling

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has welcomed today’s High Court ruling that the fixed success fee regime should not apply to members of the armed forces injured at work. Three members of the military brought claims against the Ministry of Defence after suffering an injury during training, in each case arguing that the fixed success fee regime does not…

Increases to court fees

What has failing Grayling done to our courts and legal system? He must be the most underwhelming Lord Chief Justice ever appointed. Not only has he promoted his ridiculous and embarrassing SARAH Bill but our courts have received such drastic funding cuts you can no longer attend in person at a court anywhere in the…

British Afghanistan troops’ medical records lost

I was shocked to read that the medical records of hundreds of British soldiers are feared to have been lost in Afghanistan. The Telegraph is reporting that two unencrypted laptops used by Army medics in theatre carrying the records of up to 1,300 troops were discovered to be missing in a recent equipment audit. The…

Heroism bill – be thankful for small mercies

The government’s heroism bill has passed its final stage in parliament, with the government securing a small amendment to the original wording. The legislation compels judges to consider the context of alleged negligence, or whether the defendant had shown a generally responsible attitude to health and safety previously. The final version of the bill has…

Why the delay in Iraq War Report?

I was interested to read the comments by Lord Hurd of Westwell who has hit out at delays in publishing the official report into the Iraq war – warning it was becoming a scandal. According to Forces TV, the Tory peer said publication of the long-delayed Chilcot inquiry report had “dragged on” beyond “forgivable delay”…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors in the Press

The start to 2015 saw Hilary Meredith Solicitors appear in the press for: Hilary Meredith Solicitors winning the Personal Injury Awards 2014 Marketing Campaign of the Year award Hilary’s successful campaign for the rights of Armed Forces personnel after meeting with a number of MPs and members of the House of Lords The Messenger –…

Sinead Cartwright successfully acts for RAF Aircraft Engineer

Sinead Cartwright, Partner at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, has secured £80,000 for an RAF aircraft engineer who was permanently downgraded and then discharged from service after developing occupational dermatitis during the course of her work. The client joined the RAF in October 1997. After being exposed to chemicals and dust and developing dermatitis, she was…

Women could join British infantry by 2016

There are reports today that women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016. An Army review of the ban on women serving in close combat has concluded the change would not have an “adverse effect” on troop cohesion. Women are already on the front line as medics,…

The Impact of the Fixed Costs Regime

It has recently been reported that the number of Professional Negligence claims against law firms in the High Court has almost tripled in a year. Many of these claims involve property and conveyancing disputes as claimants rush to try to get redress, within the stated time limit, for the property losses following the 2008 financial…

Hilary Meredith Featured in Living Edge

Hilary Meredith was featured in the December issue of Living Edge following the award for Marketing Campaign of the Year at the 2014 Personal Injury Awards held at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral in London’s City Financial District. Living Edge – December ’14  

Army veteran left homeless by council is an utter disgrace

There is a shocking story in the news today about an army veteran who is facing homelessness after officials refused him accommodation because he is not addicted to drink or drugs. 39 year old Matthew Dennis, spent nine years in the army, serving in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and reaching the rank of lance corporal….