Action for Brain Injury Week

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited fully supports Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week which takes place from the 12 – 18 May 2014. With cuts to welfare benefits, local authority and NHS budgets continuing to impact on people’s lives, Headway aims to be the voice of brain injury survivors across the UK when it uses ABI…

Off On Holiday?

If you happen to be flying Ryanair to reach your holiday destination this year then be sure to browse through their in-flight magazine to see our new advert – Accident on Holiday and Abroad Ryanair ad

Hilary Meredith in the News

Hilary Meredith Solicitors agrees new £3m facilities with Yorkshire Bank. Articles in: Manchester Evening News, Modern Law Magazine, Legal Futures, North West Business Insider, The Business Desk

Hilary Meredith Solicitors targets further expansion

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd is targeting further expansion after agreeing new facilities with Yorkshire Bank. The firm has secured a £3 million refinancing package with Yorkshire Bank which includes additional working capital to assist with its growth plans. Established in 2003, Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has built a strong reputation as a personal injury specialist…

Blog: The Times

The news in The Times that documents were shredded by lawyers rather than put before the Legal Aid Board is truly shocking. If these documents had have been put before the Legal Aid Board, taxpayers’ money would not have been granted to sue British soldiers. Thankfully, these cases against the British Army on behalf of…

Hilary Meredith Quoted in Mail on Sunday

Hilary met with Mark Nicol last week to discuss the MoD rejection of a sergeant’s sperm bank plea. The article was reported in the Mail on Sunday 13th April 2014. Click here to see the article

MoD tries to make officers scapegoats to avoid responsibility

There was story in the Daily Mail this weekend about senior officers facing jail if men are killed in battle as a result of faulty equipment. I’m not so sure that this is workable.  Ultimately it is the Ministry of Defence, as an employer, who is vicariously responsible for a failure in the duty of…

Blog: Human Rights and the need to protect our country and our soldiers

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, has responded to the Defence Select Committee’s report on ‘UK Armed Forces Personnel and the Legal Framework for Future Operations’, as follows: “We share the Defence Select Committee’s concern about the growing number of legal challenges against UK Service personnel and the Ministry of Defence….

Should we withdraw from Germany?

Lord Dannatt , former Chief of the General Staff has today told the BBC that the MOD should think again before withdrawing all UK forces from its bases in Germany. Since the end of the second world war, thousands of troops and their families have been deployed full time in various bases across the former…

Phil Shiner gives lawyers a bad name

I see from Saturday’s Daily Mail that Phil Shiner’s cases against the British Army on behalf of Iraqi civilians have collapsed. What a waste of our taxpayers’ money, suing our brave troops who are having such a tough time in any event. I sincerely hope Mr Shiner is not paid by the Legal Aid Board…

Support our Heroes, Mr Hammond

In the Commons this week Defence Secretary Philip Hammond Philip Hammond announced that he is worried by the ‘encroachment of judicial processes’ on the battlefield. I’m worried that he thinks he has any right to interfere in our country’s essential judicial processes. There is a stark difference between Human Rights on the Battlefield and the…

AFCS Scheme is all wrong

A Royal Navy sailor has been paid £1million after injuring her back playing a drunken game during an Armed Forces function. The 25-year-old – who is still serving – was hurt plunging from the top of a human pyramid built by alcohol-fuelled troops as they larked about in the mess. In stark contrast, the compensation…

THE ABI (Association of British Insurers) AND THIRD-PARTY CAPTURE

Third-party capture or (third party assistance) is when an insurer deals directly with a person who has a potential claim against their policyholder, in order to investigate and settle the claim. Typically, an insurer offers a compensation payment to settle the claim directly to a third party, rather than settling through a legal representative for…

The Defence Select Committee: “Future Army 2020”

  The Defence Select Committee has today published its report “Future Army 2020” with some worrying conclusions. The committee has “considerable doubts about how the plan was developed and tested and whether it meets the needs of UK security”. The Committee remains to be convinced that the Army 2020 plan represents a fully thought through…

Corporal Ellement Inquest

A coroner has criticised the Army after ruling that a vulnerable soldier had been driven to kill herself by bullying colleagues and the ‘lingering effects’ of an alleged rape. Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement hanged herself two years after telling her superiors that she had been raped by two fellow soldiers during a drunken night out in…

The MoD and the need for transparency

Since the repeal of S10 of the Crown Proceedings Act in 1987 and the effective removal of Crown Immunity, the MoD has struggled with public accountability having enjoyed total anonymity to scrutiny in the past. In the 21st Century lack of accountability is no longer a realistic or healthy option yet I understand there is…

Concerns with military PTSD and results of new study by King’s College London

The results of a study at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research at King’s College London has found that American combat veterans are 4 times more likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than British veterans. The study did find however that British veterans will be more likely to drink to dangerous levels….