Why the MoD’s modernisation programme is not moving quickly enough

A report in today’s Independent says Britain’s armed forces could be almost £21bn short of the money it needs to buy equipment to combat mounting threats over the next decade. The Public Accounts Committee said it was “highly sceptical” that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) ongoing modernisation programme would solve affordability issues and ensure Britain’s…

Delighted to sponsor Headway Wirral’s new support group in West Kirby

We were delighted to sponsor the launch of Headway Wirral’s new support group at the impressive Westbourne Hall in West Kirby today. Headway is a fantastic UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury.  The charity does a great and important job in supporting people with brain injury through a wide range of…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors secures one of the highest ever NFCI settlements

Hilary Meredith Solicitors has secured one of the highest ever settlements in a Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI) claim. The firm’s client, Soldier D, joined the Army in 2006 and was medically discharged in 2016 as a result of his NFCI. In December 2012, Soldier D, aged 22, attended an exercise at a location in England….

My thoughts are with Lance Corporal George Partridge’s family

A British soldier has died in the final week of his training course in a tragic diving incident. An investigation has been launched into the death of Lance Corporal George Partridge at the National Dive Activity Centre in Chepstow, Gloucestershire. My heart goes out to Lance Corporal George Partridge’s family on this tragic loss of…

Phil Shiner and why it’s time for a full Inquiry

I was appalled, but not all together surprised, to read that disgraced lawyer Phil Shiner was paid £2.3 million by the MoD in the three years before his firm was declared bankrupt. The taxpayers’ cash was handed over to cover his legal fees as he raked in a fortune suing the MoD over dodgy war…

Staff conference with quality people

Thanks to everyone who attended our staff conference today, where we focused on the importance of quality – for our lawyers, work, clients and commitment. Over the last 12 months, the firm has enjoyed many successes with hugely important cases settling for record amounts.  We’ve been involved in parliamentary debates, influenced the closure of IHAT,…

Civil Liability Bill – another attack on society’s most seriously injured people

I am extremely concerned that the Civil Liability Bill, published by David Gauke, the justice secretary and lord chancellor, will result in people with catastrophic injuries returning to a situation where their compensation will not meet their needs. I act for catastrophically injured young soldiers who have served their country.   They need every penny when…

Fulfilling our duties to armed forces veterans – conference tomorrow

I am looking forward to attending The Return to ‘Civvy Street’: Fulfilling Our Duties to Armed Forces Veterans conference at the Grange Wellington Hotel in London tomorrow. http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IC22-PPE Whilst many of the 2.6 million former service personnel go on to lead healthy and productive lives, some veterans still face significant challenges in transitioning to civilian…

Mefloquine: suitable for use by the Military?

Whilst we must be encouraged by news this week of a further, successful, claim in damages for the British Military’s substandard care around the prescription of mefloquine as an anti-malarial prophylaxis, we cannot be surprised. Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd specialises in representing members of the Armed Forces, were actively involved in Parliament’s Defence Committee investigation…

PTSD and the MoD’s failure to heed the warning signs

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has paid out £5.5 million to 34 troops suffering acute post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The servicemen and women received an average of £161,764 each after the MoD conceded that mental illness brought about by their service will affect their personal and professional lives for years to come. The cases date…

Hilary skis to work!

Hilary Meredith overcame today’s wintery conditions and widespread traffic congestion by skiing to work. An unusual snowfall has covered European cities from Rome to London in a blanket of snow, closing schools and causing widespread travel problems but Hilary, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, wasn’t going to be deterred. Inspired by the Winter Olympics, she…

Iraq fatality investigations inquiry yet another disgrace – let’s stop this endless legal pursuit of service personnel

An army officer has waived his right to anonymity to criticise defence chiefs for paying out millions of pounds to “mendacious” lawyers who have brought allegations over the Iraq war. Major Robert Campbell, an expert in explosives ordnance disposal who faces another investigation over the death of an Iraqi teenager, revealed in The Times that…

Fake claims against British soldiers are a national scandal

An Iraqi refugee has admitted arranging hundreds of fake abuse claims against British soldiers in Iraq. Basim Al-Sadoon, 37, said the racket he was involved in was aimed at winning payouts from the Ministry of Defence. Mr Al-Sadoon ran an office in Basra where he handled accusations made by locals against the British Army. He…