New three-year term for Hilary Meredith as Visiting Professor at University of Chester

Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, has accepted a new three-year term as Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester.
The University of Chester, founded in 1893, is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country. In her role as Visiting Professor, Hilary will continue to support the outputs of the Westminster Centre for Veterans Research.
Hilary started working with the University of Chester in 2016 as Visiting Senior Lecturer. In 2017, she was appointed as Visiting Professor for an initial three-year term which has now been extended until September 2023.
“I am honoured and delighted to continue in my role at Visiting Professor at the University of Chester for a further three years,” said Hilary.
“I look forward to further strengthening my ties with the University by continuing to share my knowledge and experience in any way I can. The Westminster Centre has a hugely positive impact on veterans’ health and healthcare and I am proud to play my part.”
The Westminster Centre for Veterans Research supports the military through innovative and high-quality research, educational provision and community engagement.
Hilary Meredith is a solicitor, lobbyist and campaigner with decades of experience representing UK service personnel, their families and military veterans. In 2018 she was named as the most inspirational female solicitor in the UK by First 100 Years. In 2019, Hilary collecting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Manchester Legal Awards for her work on behalf of the armed forces.
Hilary’s career in protecting the welfare of our armed forces spans cases from Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Gulf War 1, Afghanistan and Iraq including incidents on manoeuvres and in training in countries from Belize to Hong Kong and Canada. She has acted in a range of precedent setting cases, worked closely with Parliamentary Inquiries and Government Ministers and successfully campaigned for changes in the law.

In recent times, Hilary has been instrumental in lobbying the Government on behalf of the armed forces. She provided evidence to the Select Defence Committee on the Iraq historic abuse cases, which ultimately contributed to the closure of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team and is currently preparing a landmark legal action on behalf of veterans falsely accessed of brutality and abuses against Iraqi civilians between 2003 and 2009.

Hilary provided evidence to the Drawing a Line: Protecting Veterans by a Statute of Limitations Inquiry as well as the Beyond Endurance Brecon Beacons Inquiry where she recommended that the MoD should be subject to the Corporate Manslaughter Act where there has been a reckless disregard for life – a recommendation the Inquiry upheld.
A long-standing supporter of the Military Covenant, Hilary is currently working to ensure veterans receive wide-ranging legal protection in the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill which is making its way through parliament.
Colonel (Retired) Professor Alan Finnegan, Director of the University of Chester’s Westminster Veterans Centre said “We are really pleased that Hilary has agreed to remain as a key member of the Centre. Hilary has been tireless in supporting our activities and has provided mentorship, leadership and direction in supporting the Centre and helping us achieve the best possible engagement with the Armed Forces Community. We are lucky to have her influence and drive for another three years at least.”