Position: CEO Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited
Phone: 01625 53 99 22
With over 27 years legal experience representing victims of accident and injury, Hilary is a campaigner and hard litigator and is passionate about obtaining justice for the injured and their families.
Hilary has created a niche in representing members of the armed forces and their families and is regarded as the leading lawyer in the UK at litigating and succeeding in obtaining justice for the military clients she represents. Hilary brought the first case ever against the Ministry of Defence in 1988 for the widow of a Captain from the heavy artillery regiment based in Dortmund in Germany who was tragically killed on manoeuvres in Germany. Met with a wall of silence from the MOD she travelled to Germany to interview the regiment and find the truth behind the incident. Hilary went on to win this case and was inundated by requests from widows who only wanted answers. She investigated them all from accidents on manoeuvres to accidents in areas of conflict from Northern Ireland to Bosnia Gulf War1, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hilary will also act for non-military complex trauma cases including motorbike accidents, spinal cord and brain injury cases.
She has represented many high profile cases such as the US airstrike resulting in British fatalities and injuries, Check Point Blue 25, Gulf War Syndrome litigation and has successfully won in the US on Appeal to the 11th Circuit on behalf of the British military against the US Government.
In addition Hilary is a prolific fund raiser for her charities the Spinal Injuries Association, The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes
Other cases of note –
Green v MOD first claim against the ministry of defence.
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 - £500,00.00+
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
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 and 1995.
Personal – Hilary trained in sports education before qualifying as a lawyer, she became a qualified ski instructor and life guard with British Red cross first aid accreditation. She ran middle and long distance for the County and was a County hockey player. She was a trampoline gymnast for the North West Team and was ranked 5th in the UK and was the British team 2nd reserve. Hilary still enjoys outdoor sports including skiing, golf, sailing and occasional rock climbing. To relax Hilary enjoys painting whilst on holiday with her family at their home in Mallorca.