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…

Royal British Legion

At Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd we are proud of our links with the Legion and continue to support them. Their work providing financial, social and emotional support to members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as ex-Service men and women, their carers and families, is incredible.

Hearing loss claims will be heard individually, says Court Judge

Over 60 claims of noise-induced hearing loss will be heard separately in the local county courts of the claimants, rather than transferred centrally to the Court, a new judgment has heard. The claims have been brought by military personnel, who alleged to have developed hearing loss either in training, in combat, post combat or in…

2013 a great year for Jamie Burdekin

2013 has been a great year for Jamie Burdekin. After participating in the 2012 Paralympics, this year has been about training, conditioning and competing. Most recently, he participated in the British Wheelchair Tennis Championships, in both the single and doubles competitions. In his first competition since July, Jamie and his team mate Antony Cotterill powered…

Raffling For The Legion

  The employees at Hilary Meredith Solicitors are holding a Christmas raffle in order to make a donation to the Royal British Legion. Hilary Meredith Solicitors are always thinking of ways to raise money for worthwhile causes and having already this year entered a team in the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Experience, organised the Hilary…

In defence of the country or in defence of industry?

In a speech yesterday, Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton warned that we are in danger of being left with a ‘hollowed out’ armed forces. He expressed concerns that whilst we might have ‘exquisite kit’ before too long we wont have the men and women to operate it.  Billions is being spent…

New TV Advertisement Coming Soon!

  Since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 introduced a ban on referral fees in April this year, the market has seen some drastic changes as it seeks to adapt to the new regulatory environment. While the ban on referral fees has shaken the PI market considerably we always viewed it…

Claims and compensation DOWN!

I have now read the Ministry of Defence’s Annual Claims report and have the following observations: 1. There were 3535 claims made in 2011/2012. In 2012/2013 there were 2793.  Claims are down, despite what you might read  about the “compensation culture”. 2.  £67.3 million was paid out in 2011/2012.  In 2012/2013 £52.3 million was paid…

The real ‘nitty gritty’ of snow and ice

Is another big freeze on the way? Will this be another year of solicitors phones ringing off their hooks with the sound of people wanting to bring claims for falling as a result of snow and ice? Hilary Meredith, Wilmslow based solicitor, gives her views, “Each year the question of whether to grit or not…

A lawyer’s connection with social media

The general consensus today seems to be that the principle driving force in any business is customer engagement. In my opinion and experience, if any business really wants to engage with its customers then social media channels are the way to go. After listening to the advice from some of my more web savvy employees…

‘Tune in’ on Road Safety Week

This year Road Safety Week, starting on the 18th November, is urging people too ‘tune in’ to road safety in a bid to cut accidents caused by driver and pedestrian distraction. Hilary Meredith Solicitors, award winning law firm based in Wilmslow, is fully supporting the campaign by working closely with The Brain Injury Group who…