Geraldine, Paul and Simon attended the Claims
Innovation Awards in June at the Midland Hotel
in Manchester, as part of the Royal British Legion
Solicitors Group, who picked up the award for
Legal Services Team of the Year.
The Claims Innovation Awards celebrate how teams and
individuals across the legal services landscape constantly
find new ways of raising standards, growing
business and improving access to justice.
Paul is a founder member of the
group, formed in the latter part of
1987 following the removal of
the MoD’s immunity from civil
A handful of likeminded
lawyers, several of whom,
like Paul, had had a previous
career in the military, joined
forces to assist beneficiaries
of the Royal British Legion
and to share information.
Geraldine joined the Group in
1990 and is the current Secretary.
Simon joined more recently,
bringing his expertise in assisting
Commonwealth Soldiers, particularly in
the area of cold injury claims.
The award also recognised the work of the Group at military
inquests, many of which have been undertaken on a pro-bono
High profile Inquests have included the Brecon Beacon Inquest,
the inquest into the death of Sgt Roberts, the first soldier to
die in Iraq, the Inquest into the death of Corporal of the Horse
Matty Hull, who died in an A10 “friendly fire” incident and the
death of Mark Wright GC in a Kajaki minefield.
High profile litigation in the Group includes
the Chinook Mull of Kintyre crash 1994,
the MoD Borneo Jungle expedition
of the same year, and the Nimrod
crash, which raised issues in
military aviation, leading to the
Geraldine, Paul and Simon
joined Chairman Hilary
Meredith and colleagues on
the night for a ceremony
hosted by Ralf Little and,
although the history of
the Group was looked at
with great pride, there was a
recognition that the need for this
specialist representation remains
as strong as ever.
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