Hilary Meredith wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Manchester Legal Awards 2019

Hilary Meredith has won the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at The Manchester Legal Awards 2019. Hilary was presented with her award at a glamorous black-tie dinner last night at The Midland Hotel. Now in their tenth year, the Manchester Legal Awards recognise and reward the wide range of skills and talent the region has to…

International Women’s Day – #BalanceforBetter

This Friday, 8 March, is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a…

Hilary Meredith welcomes Defence Secretary’s call for new legislation to protect service personnel from historic prosecutions

Military solicitor Hilary Meredith has welcomed news that the Defence Secretary will propose legislation to protect the Military from historic charges in this year’s Queen’s speech. This comes as four Army Veterans are expected to be charged with murder over the death of Bloody Sunday protesters in 1972. Gavin Williamson has described cases against servicemen…

Why I support the new ID card for armed forces veterans

I fully support the introduction of a new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services. Any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career…

Is there a suicide crisis for British veterans?

The BBC is reporting that military charities are not coping with the increased demand for mental health support. Shockingly, campaigners estimate that last year, at least 58 veterans took their own lives. The Ministry of Defence spends £22 million pounds a year on mental health for veterans, while the NHS has dedicated around £6m annually…

Why the nation needs to support the Armed Forces Covenant

I was disappointed to read that less than a quarter of British organisations have heard of the Armed Forces Covenant. According to a new report – Benefit not Burden, commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust – twenty-four per cent of companies have heard of the Covenant, which is a pledge made by the government…

Johnny Mercer absolutely right to highlight shameful betrayal of our brave troops

There is an excellent column by Johnny Mercer, Conservative MP and member of the Defence Select Committee, in today’s Daily Mail. The statute of limitations – veterans protection inquiry is an “investigation into the question of how former service personnel can be protected from the spectre of investigation and re-investigation for events that happened many…

Hilary Meredith repeats call for new legislation to protect army veterans from prosecution

Hilary Meredith has repeated her call for new legislation to protect service personnel and veterans from prosecution in the line of duty after it emerged that British veterans could face allegations of wrongdoing from decades-old “end-of-Empire operations”. The MoD’s former legal chief has warned that claims against Britons who served in Malaysia and Cyprus more…

Hilary Meredith shortlisted at Inspirational Women in Law Awards

Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, has been shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year at the Inspirational Women in Law Awards. The Inspirational Women in Law Awards are run by First 100 Years, a ground-breaking project, supported by the Law Society and the Bar Council, charting the journey of women in law since 1919….

Highest ever ranking in Legal 500 – thanks to the whole team

Congratulations to the whole team at Hilary Meredith Solicitors for securing our highest ever ranking in this year’s Legal 500, the leading guide to law firms in the UK. The Legal 500 praises Hilary Meredith Solicitors for its personal injury and military expertise. It’s particularly satisfying to see our work on behalf of service personnel…

Ministry of Defence recognises law firm’s commitment to the armed forces

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has been officially recognised for its commitment to the armed forces community by the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme. The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community and align their values with the…

Sending our men and women to the frontline changes them forever

The Ministry of Defence is looking into suicide rates among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Cases where former servicemen and women have taken their own lives will be the focus of the research. It will look into the causes of death among those who left the Armed Forces. It’s been reported that more…

Dual award nomination for Hilary Meredith Solicitors at Personal Injury Awards 2018

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2018. The Awards, now in their eleventh year, provide a unique opportunity to highlight and celebrate the excellence of individuals and organisations across the personal injury claims sector. Hilary Meredith Solicitors has been shortlisted for Catastrophic Injury Team of…

Sad to hear about Roberts Jackson demise

I was terribly saddened to hear of the demise of yet another great law firm, Roberts Jackson. Not only was founder Karen Jackson a neighbour, her office was near to mine in Wilmslow.   She is a good friend and an excellent lawyer. Karen prides herself on excellence and invested in the training of her staff…

Government rejects Defence Committee’s recommendation for an independent assessment of its Armed Forces Covenant commitments

The Government has today rejected the Defence Committee’s recommendation for an independent assessment of its Armed Forces Covenant commitments. In its response to the annual Armed Forces Covenant report published by the Commons Defence Select Committee earlier this year, the Government rejected criticism that the MoD and other departments are “marking their own homework” when…

52% of total injuries amongst UK Armed Forces occur during training

New figures show that more injuries are caused during training than in any other activity for full-time members of the Armed Forces. The figures have been published in the same week as families and lawyers call on the Ministry of Defence to be stripped of its immunity from prosecution after two SAS servicemen were acquitted…