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SAS to soften selection process following SAS deaths

Selection tests taken by recruits hoping to enrol in Britain’s elite special operations forces are to be softened to protect them from dangers such as extreme temperatures, it has been reported. The changes are understood to include a weath…

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Clare Stevens in the Press

Clare Stevens, Board Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, represents thousands of soldiers and their families, including the father of Corporal James Dunsby – one of the three SAS trainees who died from heat exhaustion on an endurance ma…

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Neglect ruling in Brecon Beacons Inquest – Our response

The inquest into the deaths of 3 Army reservists closed yesterday with Louise Hunt, HM Coroner ruling that James Dunsby, Craig Roberts and Eddie Maher, died as a result of neglect. Throughout the inquest Clare Stevens, Director at Hilary Me…

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Shocking MoD Failings Revealed in Inquest into the Deaths of Army Reservists During SAS Selection

Clare Stevens of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd is representing David Dunsby, father of Cpl James Dunsby, deceased, in the ongoing inquest into the tragic deaths of 3 Army reservists on the Brecon Beacons. On 13th July 2013 Cpl James Dunsby…

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Are We Safe To Travel?

When booking a holiday we all expect our accommodation to be safe and to have been checked out by the tour operator that we are travelling with. However, the deaths of Robert and Christianne Shepherd in 2006 from carbon monoxide poisoning i…

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The Re-Opening of Coroners' Inquests

On 15 April 1989 at the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, 96 football supporters were killed in a crushing incident in the Leppings Lane stand. The Coroner’s Inques…

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Legal Aid Funding for Inquests

Joanna Letts Successful Challenge for Legal Aid Funding The High Court has found that guidance provided to caseworkers when considering applications for legal aid funding from the relatives of deceased to cover representation at the inquest…

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Coroner's Tears

Latest blog from Hilary Meredith: I was not at all surprised to hear that a coroner broke down in tears while summing up at an inquest into the death of a soldier in Afghanistan. Capt Richard Holloway, of the Special Boat Service, was hit b…

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Legal Aid Funding for Inquests

Why Families Need Legal Representation at Inquests. I am pleased to see the High Court has given permission for a judicial review of the government’s policy on legal aid funding for inquests. Joanna Letts, whose brother Christopher died aft…

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Private Cheryl James Inquest

Family's Relief at New Inquest for daughter, Private Cheryl James.   Private Cheryl James died from a single bullet wound to the head at Deepcut barracks in Surrey in November 1995 . There  was an early assumption that Cheryl took her own l…

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Arctic Exhibition Inquest

Coroner Returns Narative Verdict Following Inquest Into Tragic Death Due To Polar Bear Attack During Children's Arctic Expedition Eton College student, Horatio Chapple, tragically died on an expedition to the Norwegian Svalbard Islands in N…

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Rob Wood Inquest

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd represented the family of UK soldier, Rob Wood, who died in Afghanistan when a fire engulfed the tent he slept in. Rob, 28, and Dean Hutchinson, 23 died in the blaze at a logistical centre at Camp Bastion in t…

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Inquest into death of Ian Tomlinson leads to potential manslaughter charge

Inquest into death of Ian Tomlinson leads to potential manslaughter charge On 1st April 2009 Ian Tomlinson, a 47 year old City of London newspaper vendor, was killed on his way home from work.  Whilst violent assaults causing serious injury…

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Coroner records verdict of unlawful killing at Check Point Blue 25 Inquest

Coroner records verdict of unlawful killing at Check Point Blue 25 Inquest Coroner David Riddley records verdict of unlawful killing for all 5 military personnel killed by an Afghan National Policeman at Check Point Blue 25.  On Friday 20th…

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Hilary Meredith Solicitors slams draft legislation re Inquests

Hilary Meredith, senior partner and Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has slammed draft legislation that would allow inquests to be held in private. Says Hilary Meredith:  "The Government's Justice and Security Green Paper is a far…

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Corporal Ellement Inquest

A coroner has criticised the Army after ruling that a vulnerable soldier had been driven to kill herself by bullying colleagues and the ‘lingering effects’ of an alleged rape. Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement hanged herself two years after tell…

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Guidance issued for coroners who rely on findings of the police or MOD

Ernest Andrew Brown v HM Coroner for the County of Norfolk v Chief Coroner of Norfolk Constabulary [2014] The decision of Lord Justice Pitchford and His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC (Chief Coroner for England and Wales) in this successful…

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