Why the Armed Forces Covenant should be at the centre of government

As the first law firm to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, we fully endorse this week’s Defence Committee recommendations to ensure that implementation of the Covenant continues to be driven from the centre of government. The Report recommends the creation of a new Ministerial post within the Cabinet Office with responsibility for the Covenant, along…

Hundreds of other victims in breast surgeon case

Hundreds of patients will seek compensation after a breast surgeon was convicted of carrying out needless operations, reports this morning suggest. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women and one man in the West Midlands. Paterson, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, was also found guilty of…

Why we must protect Northern Ireland Veterans

Former British soldiers, who served in Northern Ireland up to the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, should be protected by a Statute of Limitations preventing further investigation and prosecution of incidents which occurred between almost 20 and almost 50 years ago. So says the Defence Committee in its report, “Investigations into fatalities in…

General Election means combat immunity e-petition closes on 3 May – sign now!

Just over a week remains to sign Hilary Meredith Solicitors’ e-petition aimed at preventing the Government from widening the scope of combat immunity: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/18938 All petitions now have to close at 00:01am on 3 May. This is because Parliament will be dissolved and all parliamentary business – including petitions – must stop until after the…

Hilary Meredith Solicitors goes into bat with Lancashire cricketer

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has been announced as Lancashire cricketer Tom Bailey’s new bat sponsor. Tom, a graduate of Lancashire’s Academy and Scholarship programmes,  made his first-class and County Championship debut in the closing stages of the 2012 season.  He has since become a vital member of the team in all forms of the game….

Flawed SAS investigation is a national disgrace

A multi-million-pound investigation into claims that the SAS covered up war crimes failed to find any evidence. Detectives launched the probe – which cost £6 million, according to defence sources – after being tipped off that SAS soldiers had doctored official reports and used fake photographs in an attempt to hide civilian deaths in Afghanistan….

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

We were delighted to join the Lord Mayor of the City of London at the 10th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch as the City united to support our Armed Forces last week. Taking place in the stunning surroundings of Guildhall the Lunch raised much needed funds for soldiers and veterans who have been affected…

Fabulous evening at the National Army Museum

I had a fabulous evening at the National Army Museum last night.  It is a great place if you have the time to visit.  The paintings depicting various conflicts around the world over the years are amazing. The painting of Afghanistan in 2010 depicts the contrast of the countryside and the beautiful terracotta colours against…

Why I fully support the Public Authority (Accountability) Bill

Bereaved families faced with inquiries and inquests will receive parity of funding with public bodies under the proposed ‘Hillsborough law’ to be debated in parliament tomorrow. Labour MP Andy Burnham will introduce the bill under the ‘10-minute’ rule allowing backbenchers to make his or her case for a new bill in a speech lasting up…

A guest blog – Ben’s wish

As part of my role as an Armed Forces community ambassador for Hilary Meredith Solicitors, I like to take part in local charity fundraising and challenges. March saw me take part in an event for a charity called Ben’s Wish. Ben is 10-year-old boy from Leigh, who was born with cerebral palsy and is currently…

The MoD and the shocking truth about blanket immunity

At APIL’s Military Conference on Friday we heard  the shocking truth from Dr Cynthia Shaw OBE, Senior Principal, Directorate of Judicial Engagement Policy at the Ministry of Defence. The MoD will “aggressively” push combat extension legislation through Parliament with little debate or objection. It  will not be held up by the Brexit debates. The consultation…

Michael Fallon and his ulterior motive

In a cost-cutting move, the MoD is scrapping the front line letters (e-blueys) between those serving on the front line and loved ones at home. As if that isn’t bad enough, Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon has put forward proposals that will effectively wipe out any duty of care the MoD owes to…

Government lawyer bashing shows no sign of letting up

Over the 25 years of my legal career I’ve  watched and adapted as various Governments and non practising lawyers have interfered with the law in an attempt to improve the system. All have in my view failed as a result of refusing to listen to the legal profession – those at the coalface who deal…

Reflections from London 23.2.17

This week started off as any other week, we all came into work, got on with our business and went home again.  Outside these offices, the helicopters continued to circle above us, as they do every afternoon.  They have become part of the landscape and it makes us feel safe.  We have even got to…

100 million reasons why the MoD should hang its head in shame

The Ministry of Defence has paid out more than £100 million on legal costs and compensation linked to the war in Iraq, ministers have revealed. A “large proportion” of these were over allegations brought by the now-discredited Public Interest Lawyers, defence minister Mike Penning said. Public Interest Lawyers represented complainants in the £31million Al-Sweady inquiry…

Mansion House Banquet

I attended a fabulous banquet organised by The Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London at Mansion House last night. Guests included the Lord Mayor, Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls, President of the Law Society and Chair of the Bar Council. The City of London Solicitors’ Company, of which I’m proud…