Position – Chairman and Founder
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Chairman Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd
Public Affairs lawyer and lobbyist
Professor in Law & Veterans Affairs, Chester University
Chair of the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group
Member of the Multi Parliamentary Gulf War Group
Editor in Chief, Claims Management Magazine.
Hilary Meredith-Beckham is Chairman of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, a Senior Fellow of APIL, a past APIL EC member (1998 – 2007), Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans Affairs at Chester University, and a former Military SIG Co-ordinator.
The past Managing Partner of a City centre law practice employing 300, Hilary launched her own firm in 2003 and established Hilary Meredith Solicitors as a market leader in the field of personal injury and Public Affairs.
Dealing with high profile cases with particular interest in claims of the highest severity, including claims on behalf of children, adults, serving members of the Armed Forces.
Hilary also undertakes work on a pro-bono basis to give families a voice and legal representation at Inquests where no funding is available.
Hilary has developed a reputation in Public Affairs and lobbying for the rights of both Armed Services Personnel and the general public.
She has assisted and given evidence to the Parliamentary Select Defence Committee and successfully lobbied for changes in the recent SARAHs bill. She frequently puts questions to both houses and regularly meets with MPs.
Hilary has collected a number of leading industry awards and accolades and recently was awarded The Manchester Law Society Life Time Achievement Award 2019, the accolade of Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year 2016. Business Woman of the year, PI Solicitor of the year. The firm too has collected a number awards and accolades in recent years most recently, Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Legal Awards.
Hilary was appointed to the position of Senior Lecturer in Law and Veterans Affairs at Chester University in 2016 and is part of the University’s Steering Committee for the Westminster Centre for Veterans Wellbeing and Care.
Hilary is a Law Society Panel member, panel member of Headway and SIA, member of AAJ and IBA, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group and member of the Parliamentary Gulf War Committee.
She continues to work tirelessly for all her clients who have suffered life changing injury with the enduring goal to improve the quality of life for all her clients, through adapted housing, rehabilitation, increased mobility and vocational work.
Hilary in addition is a campaigner to improve the rights of victims of injury. She regularly lobbies Parliament and the Select Defence Committee with issues affecting both the Armed Forces, including the recent SARAHs Bill, Requests for a AFCs check list by MOD and campaigning against The Fog of Law papers, and civilian clients most recently with regard to funding for families to enable them to secure representation at Inquests.
In 2015 she gave evidence to the Parliamentary Select Defence committee in relation to military fatalities whilst training for war, following her firm’s representation of the Brecon Beacons inquest.
She is currently Editor in Chief of the Claims Management Magazine and has made many media appearances for TV and Radio including Panorama, World in Action, Sky News, News at 10 and most National and Regional news programmes.
Her Twitter site currently attracts over 2000 followers including MP’s, Service Charities and Defence Journalists.
Cases of note –
Green v MOD, the first claim brought against the Ministry of Defense following the Repeal of S10 Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act 1947
Williams’s v MOD £5million in damages and a record win against MOD being the highest ever single award.
Ulrike Krauel German citizen in UK RTA. DM 5 million
Whitley and Others v US Government won on appeal to the 11th circuit courts in the US – $16million
Rundle v MOD king in the ring rugby tackle resulting in high legion spinal injury – 1million+
Markey v MOD military boxing match resulting in brain injury – £1million+
Harness v MOD shot in the head by friendly fire in Bosnia – £1million+
South Sea China helicopter disaster – £800,000.00
Johnson v MOD fatality – £800,000.00
Robert Strong v MOD – Gun shot to groin (friendly fire) £1million+
Watson v MOD – RTA, catapulted through the windscreen and landed in the rear of trailer in front whilst on night time reconnaissance in Gulf War1 (severe head injury) £1million+
Maloney Dickinson v MOD – husband drowned whilst abseiling £700,000.00
Susan Johnson v MoD -husband killed when flare exploded in mouth £700,000.00
Shaun Fowler v MoD – severe head injury sustained whilst taking part in riot training in Spandau £1million+
Scott Preece – RTA hit by dust cart – £500,000+
Judicial Review of the Legal Aid Board multi party committee 1997
Carl Roberts v MOD – driving drops vehicle in Bosnia transporting water vehicle overturned trapping him in the vehicle suffering spinal injuries. £1million+
John Oral v MOD – Gulf War 1 hit by land mine – £1million+
Danny Acres v MOD – shot in the head whilst on guard duty – £1million+
Rob Smith v MOD – shot in stomach at camp gate in Aldershot after walking girlfriend home on Christmas Eve £1million+
Kyle Thornton v MIB child RTA severe brain injury £5milliom+
Ivor Walker v MOD – spinal injury when Tornado crash landed in Saudi controlled airfield when landing nets left up £1milliom+
Ian Davidson-Watts v MoD – spinal injuries as a result of helicopter crash – £1million+
Paul Wilkinson v MOD – severe head injury driving a petrol tanker in Bosnia, brakes failed, managed to steer into a wall and avoid military check point – £1million+
Elaine McLellan v MOD – fatality husband drowned whilst on a military diving exercise
Kate Saunders v MOD – severe burns following ejection from a Harriet jet after bird strike.
Ashley Stevenson v MOD – pilot who pulled Kate Saunders from wreckage saving her life whilst suffering severe lower limb/hip injuries
Senior Lecturer in Law & Veterans Affairs Chester University
APIL Executive Member 1998-2007
Awarded APIL Senior Fellow status
National Chair of the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group
Member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel
Member of the American Association for Justice
Member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance
Member of the Spinal Injuries Association
Member of the US Million Dollar club for damages recovered for clients in a single action exceeding $1million
Member of the Spinal Injuries Association and SIA Cornflower Ball Committee
Editor in Chief of the Claims Management Magazine.
Contributor to APIL PI Focus,
Insurance Times Magazine,
Claims Management Magazine,
Law Society Gazette,
Reported in most National and Regional papers with appearances on Sky News, BBC and ITV, interviews with breakfast TV and national and regional radio.
Documentaries with, Panorama, World in Action, 5D.
Evidence given to House of Commons Select Defence Committee 1990 -2017.