Veterans for Britain appoints Hilary Meredith to its Board

Veterans for Britain has appointed Hilary Meredith to its Board.
Hilary, founder and Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester, is a solicitor, lobbyist and campaigner with decades of experience representing UK service personnel, their families and military veterans.
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 providing 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.

Said Major General Julian Thomson, Chairman of Veterans for Britain:

“We are delighted that Hilary Meredith will be joining the board of Veterans for Britain. Her experience, passion and professionalism will all add to our ability to help Veterans and the Armed Forces in general. Her knowledge on Veteran’s Prosecutions is second to none, and we look forward to working together on this area in particular.”

Commenting on her appointment, Hilary Meredith said:

“I am delighted to strengthen my links with armed service veterans by joining the Board of Veterans for Britain.

“Having represented the armed forces for my entire career, I am committed to protecting the welfare of our veterans and ensuring their views are represented at Westminster and beyond.”

Veterans for Britain was formed in March 2016 in order to put forward the Defence and Security arguments for the UK to vote to leave the European Union in the 2016 Referendum, and to provide a voice for the UK’s military veterans and serving soldiers in the Leave campaign over 20 years.

Following the Referendum, and the consequent accelerated ambitions of the EU in Defence and Security, the group aims to:

Support Her Majesty’s Government in the task of restoring full sovereign control to all aspects of the defence of the Realm in accordance with that mandate of the people.

Advise according to the professional experience of its members upon all matters pertaining to the best renovation of our national defence and security.

Warn when, in the professional judgment of its members, steps are proposed or taken which might harm that goal.

Inform the General Public by all appropriate media channels of the Organisation’s views under the above three headings.

The Veterans for Britain website can be found at https://veteransforbritain.uk/