Life for murderers of Fusilier Lee Rigby

Further to my article of 19th February 2014 I, along with the world, anxiously awaited Mr Justice Sweeney’s sentencing of the Lee Rigby murderers on 26th February 2014 and hoped for whole life sentences. I was pleased to see that Michael Adebolajo, 29, was awarded a whole life sentence, meaning he will spend the rest…

Guidance issued for coroners who rely on findings of the police or MOD

Ernest Andrew Brown v HM Coroner for the County of Norfolk v Chief Coroner of Norfolk Constabulary [2014] The decision of Lord Justice Pitchford and His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC (Chief Coroner for England and Wales) in this successful application to quash the inquest held on 15 September 2011 into the death of Joanne…

Army team set to conquer Mount Everest

Good luck from everyone at Hilary Meredith Solicitors to the British Army team planning to climb Mount Everest. The expedition is hoping to raise awareness for sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSI) and is backed by the Combat Stress charity and The Royal British Legion. The expedition team is being led by Warrant Officer…

‘I tried to kill myself’ says ‘bullied’ ex-soldier

Former soldier Joseph McCabe is currently bringing a civil action against the Ministry of Defence. Joseph McCabe, who has a pronounced stammer, claims that during his service in Germany and Iraq he was head-butted, stabbed and repeatedly bullied. Mr McCabe said that little was done to help him. An Army spokesperson told the BBC: “Whilst…

Landmark Court of Appeal ruling paves the way for whole life sentences to be given to the murderers of soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby

In July 2013 the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that whole life terms, whilst justified, must have some mechanism for review after 25 years. The Court further ruled that England and Wales provided no such mechanism and whole life sentences therefore breached a criminal’s human rights.   The Court of Appeal looked…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors announces Sanctuary for Veterans as Charity of the Year

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the military community by selecting Sanctuary for Veterans as its official Charity of the Year. Sanctuary for Veterans aims to provide respite and support for injured ex-military personnel and their families to help them settle back into the community after being discharged on medical grounds….

Skiing helmets – safe or a false sense of security?

I understand the French police are concluding their investigation into Michael Schumacher’s skiing incident. Having skied off piste, they have concluded that all piste markers where properly in place and complied with regulations. Schumacher hit a rock only slightly covered in snow and was catapulted into another rock hitting this head first with such force…

Lord Ashcroft’s review on Veterans’ Affairs

The former Conservative Deputy Chairman Lord Ashcroft this week delivered to Parliament his review on Veterans’ Affairs. His considered opinion is that more  should be done for service leavers, regardless of their time spent in service.  He reports that many of  those with short careers of less than four years struggle  to adapt to civvie…

National clampdown on lack of construction site safety

Statistics continue year after year to indicate that rates of death, injury and ill health are among the highest in the construction industry. In a recent article published by the HSE it was confirmed that “construction workers remain nearly four times more likely to be killed at work than the average worker.” One common type…

The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme

In industrial terms there can have been few if any more shocking revelations in recent years than the exposure of ‘The Consulting Association’. This was a conglomerate of construction companies, including some of the largest and most high profile in the UK which prepared and shared a database recording details of individual contractors and workers…

Fresh hopes for military welfare reform as fresh inquest into victim of suspected rape and bullying is heard in Salisbury

The headlines this week have been dominated by several shocking reports of women who have tragically killed themselves due to a lack of support following their allegations of rape. One such woman was Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, whose heartrending story is currently being heard by a fresh inquest into her death. Royal Military Police officer, Anne-Marie…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors becomes first law firm to sign Armed Forces Covenant

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has reinforced its commitment to the UK’s Armed Forces by becoming the first law firm to sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. A Corporate Covenant is a voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the Armed Forces Community. By signing the covenant, Hilary…

Time to change legal aid requirements

There seems to be a growing unrest concerning legal claims and the Armed Forces with a number of papers currently in circulation including The Fog of War which does nothing but confuse matters completely. The situation is complicated but to try and simplify it, there are 3 areas of claims;- The Armed Forces “Compensation” Scheme…

National clampdown on lack of construction site safety

Statistics continue year after year to indicate that rates of death, injury and ill health are among the highest in the construction industry. In a recent article published by the HSE it was confirmed that “construction workers remain nearly four times more likely to be killed at work than the average worker.” One common type…

The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme

In industrial terms there can have been few if an more shocking revelations in recent years than the exposure of ‘The Consulting Association’ . This was a conglomerate of construction companies, including some of the largest and most high profile in the UK which prepared and shared a database recording details of individual contractors and…

In support of Lord Dannat and proud of our Army

I thoroughly support Lord Dannat, the former head of the Army, when he says it is not in the character of the British Army to indulge in or support widespread brutality. I have acted for the British Army for over 25 years and found all personnel to be of an upstanding nature. They are the…

Alarming threat from Russian warship highlights problems with Defence cuts

  It was revealed earlier this week that Great Britain faced an aggressive threat from a Russian warship, loaded with surface to air missiles and guns capable of firing 40kg shells for 18 miles, over the Christmas period. It is believed the Russian warship came within 30 miles of the Scottish coast as part of…

Modern day ‘Press Gang’

  The Conservative MP  Philip Hollobone has tabled a motion calling on the reintroduction of mandatory National Service in Great Britain saying it could “inspire our youth to learn ‘self-respect, personal reliance, discipline and behavior’… “ I wouldn’t strongly argue against the debate, but is this Defence on the cheap?  My colleague Mark Fielding, a retired full…