Why I back MPs call for a change to the law

MP for Newbury and former army-officer Richard Benyon is calling for a change to the law on two fronts. Firstly, lawyers who seek to drum up claims in war zones after conflict should be curtailed in some way. Secondly, there should be a 10 year time limit on claims against the military – which is…

Why I welcome a review of the military justice system

An independent review of the British military justice system, including the controversial use of majority verdicts in court martials, is to be carried out, the Government has announced. The aim of the review is to ensure the system is as “effective as it can be for the 21st century”. It follows calls for the court…

Remembering our fallen heroes

With Remembrance Day fast approaching, Hilary Meredith Solicitors is proud to support the Royal British Legion as sponsors of this year’s Poppy Ball in London.  The Ball takes place on 2 November, which is also London Poppy Day. Remembrance Day poppies are also going on sale across Britain this week and staff from Hilary Meredith…

Divorce rate rises for all types of marriage

The rate of divorce has increased for the first time in five years, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed. There were 106,959 divorces last year, a rise of 5.8 per cent compared with the previous year. There were large falls in the rate of divorce in the preceding two years, including a…

Army sent soldier back to frontline in Afghanistan with PTSD

There was a disturbing story in the Sunday Mirror at the weekend about a soldier who was sent back to the frontline in Afghanistan when suffering from PTSD. Sean Jones, who was awarded the military cross, says he was diagnosed by a military doctor 8 years ago – but never told.  He was sent back…

NHS waits worsen across UK

The performance of hospitals across the UK has slumped with targets for cancer, A&E and planned operations now being missed across the board, according to research by the BBC. Nationally England, Wales and Northern Ireland have not hit one of their three targets for 18 months.  Only Scotland has had any success in the last…

Legal 500 out today!

Leading legal directory, the Legal 500 has been published today, Wednesday 11 October. Please see the comments below on Hilary Meredith Solicitors: Hilary Meredith Solicitors is an ‘excellent firm for claimant personal injury and related work such as inquests. It is a specialist firm when it comes to military claims’. Hilary Meredith is described as…

Why I support mental health training for our Armed Forces

I fully support plans to provide the Armed Forces and their families with mental health training to deal with military life under an initiative between the Ministry of Defence and the young Royals. The venture will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry expand their campaigning against the stigma of mental illness…

Personal Injury Awards 2017 – delighted to be shortlisted

I am delighted to be shortlisted for Outstanding Achievement at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2017. Now in their tenth anniversary year, the Personal Injury Awards provide a unique opportunity to highlight and celebrate individuals and organisations across the personal injury claims sector. Congratulations to everyone shortlisted and involved! Hilary Meredith

Delighted to be speaking at Veterans’ Wellbeing conference

I am delighted to be speaking at a conference on the health and wellbeing of military veterans next month. Hosted by the University of Chester’s Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing, the event will take place on Thursday, October 5 in Churchill House at the university’s Queen’s Park campus. The keynote presenter…

Zebra earn their stripes!

Thanks and congratulations to Zoe Holland and her team at ZebraLC. ZebraLC were brought in at our invitation to review existing technical file audit procedures and peer review systems within clinical negligence, private client and personal injury in order to maintain them as “fit for purpose” in a changing legal landscape. Although Hilary Meredith Solicitors…

Broughton House veterans’ care village gets the go ahead

I am delighted that plans for a £12.5m veterans’ care village at Broughton House in Salford have been approved. Broughton House is our charity of the year and our social committee has been busy on a range of fundraising initiatives for the veterans’ care village. As the only home for ex-servicemen and women in the…

Annual Sheep Drive over London Bridge

After becoming a Freeman of the City of London earlier this year, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, took part in the great annual Sheep drive over London Bridge this weekend. The event, which raised thousands for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, was launched by television chef Mary Berry. The Freedom of the City…

Lawyer calls on government to stop plotting and reveal its intentions

Plans to remove army service personnel’s right to pursue cases through the court are still alive, the government has confirmed. The plans, which effectively extend the principle of combat immunity and prevent claims coming before the court, were unveiled last December but a response to the MoD consultation has yet to materialise. There had been…

Lawyer calls on government to stop plotting and reveal its intentions

Plans to remove army service personnel’s right to pursue cases through the court are still alive, the government has confirmed. The plans, which effectively extend the principle of combat immunity and prevent claims coming before the court, were unveiled last December but a response to the MoD consultation has yet to materialise. There had been…

British Army veterans – another witch hunt with a depressingly familiar ring to it

Thousands of elderly British Army veterans are facing a new ‘witch-hunt’ over the deaths of suspected IRA terrorists more than 40 years ago, The Mail on Sunday has reported. In the largest ever trawl for eyewitnesses, ex-troops have been asked to provide legal statements about fatal shootings in Northern Ireland ahead of new inquests. The…

Recruitment crisis grips the military – why we shouldn’t be surprised

It is being reported today that an Army training course had 82 of its 96 places left unfilled as a recruitment crisis grips the military. Just 14 would-be troops signed up for the common infantry course at Catterick, the Army’s biggest base. There are a number of reasons for this sorry state of affairs. Take,…

Big Ben may not be silent after all

MPs have called for a review into whether Big Ben should remain silent for four years as it is refurbished. The giant bell at the centre of the Elizabeth Tower’s Great Clock was due to cease ringing next Monday to allow work to take place. But officials are now being asked to look at the…