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….

Coroner’s tears

  I was not at all surprised to hear that a coroner broke down in tears while summing up at an inquest into the death of a soldier in Afghanistan. Capt Richard Holloway, of the Special Boat Service, was hit by enemy fire in 2013 while on operations east of Kabul. The 29-year-old from County…

Hilary Meredith in the News – SARAH Bill

An article in the Solicitors Journal features Hilary who spoke at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Autumn Conference on the controversial SARAH Bill Solicitors Journal – 26 November 2014

Professional negligence claims against personal injury solicitors

Professional negligence claims against personal injury solicitors are on the rise. Perhaps, this is not surprising with unrealistic levels of fixed-costs introduced for cases worth less than £25,000 so law firms that predominantly deal with these claims are finding themselves having to provide the same level of service whilst coping with significantly reduced fees. As…

It’s Snow Laughing Matter

Winter is almost upon us and the next few months are likely to see over one million British skiers and snowboarders take to the slopes. Whilst there is little that can be done about a lack of snow, a few simple precautions will drastically reduce the risk of injury. Statistically skiing and snowboarding are relatively…