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About Hilary Meredith
Hilary Meredith is a solicitor, lobbyist and campaigner best known for her work on behalf of the UK armed forces, their families and military veterans.
Hilary started her legal career in 1982 and rose to become the youngest ever female managing partner of a 300-strong city centre law firm at the age of 30. In 2003, she set up her own niche firm, Hilary Meredith Solicitors, specialising in legal help and assistance to the armed forces and their families. The firm now has two offices - in Wilmslow, Cheshire and Mitre Court, Inner Temple, London.
Her career in protecting the welfare of the 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.
In 1987 Hilary represented the first claim ever on behalf of a widow whose husband had died on manoeuvres in Canada (Green v MoD).
Hilary has had success in the US courts on behalf of the British military, winning an appeal to the US 11th circuit in Whitley and Others v US Government. Other cases of note include Sharpe v MoD and Birch v MoD in the Court of Appeal.
Hilary has represented a large number of bereaved families at Inquests, largely on a Pro Bono basis. Recommendations made as a result of the issues she has raised have had a direct life-saving impact on the future safety of our servicemen and women. One such example is the Check Point Blue 25 Inquest which was held to investigate the deaths of five soldiers who were murdered by the Afghan police forces they had been training.
As well as supporting her clients through legal representation, Hilary has a proven track record in promoting the wider interests of the armed forces community, successfully campaigning for new legislation, policies and procedures.
Driven by improving the rights of injury victims, Hilary helped to secure important amends to the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Act and the Strategic Defense and Security Review in relation to The Fog of Law and The UK Armed Forces Service Personnel.
In recent times, Hilary has been instrumental in raising issues in Parliament relating to 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.
Hilary gave evidence at the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Brecon Beacon fatalities, Beyond Endurance, recommending that the MoD should be subject to the Corporate Manslaughter Act where there has been a reckless disregard for life - a recommendation which the Inquiry upheld.
Another example of Hilary’s work away from the courts, is the case of Sergeant Rick Clement, who sustained catastrophic injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010. After stepping on a roadside IED, Rick suffered life changing injuries, including losing both his legs and severe internal injuries which now prevent him from having children. Hilary worked with the MoD to ensure new policies and procedures were introduced to protect our troops against the ever-increasing threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
She also campaigned against anti-malaria drug Lariam being administered in the armed forces after being approached by more than 3000 British troops who suffered from mental health issues and neuropsychiatric side-effects. Their cases are ongoing while the MoD has said that Lariam must now only be used as a drug of last resort.
Hilary continues to work tirelessly for all her clients who have suffered life changing injury and regularly visits Headley Court - the home of the Defense Medical Rehabilitation Centre.
She is a prominent supporter of the military covenant. Her firm, Hilary Meredith Solicitors, was the first law firm to sign the covenant.