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Military Inquests / Fatal Accidents



At Hilary Meredith Solicitors we have extensive experience in supporting and representing military families at inquests. Recommendations made as a result of the issues we have raised have had a direct life-saving impact on the future safety of our servicemen and women.

We understand that the Inquest process can be a daunting experience but finding out what has happened to a loved one is an important part of the grieving process. Hilary Meredith Solicitors are able to offer sensitive professional representation to help families understand the circumstances surrounding the death of their loved one.

We can help obtain important documentation, including witness statements, make representations to the Coroner as to the depth of the inquiry and encourage the Coroner to make recommendations to the Ministry of Defence to prevent similar tragedies occurring in the future.

Sometimes military families can obtain legal aid for inquests even though their case is not in the scope of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). This is known as exceptional case funding (ECF). An ECF team within the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) deals with these cases and Hilary Meredith Solicitors can complete the paperwork on your behalf.

Military inquests can attract significant media interest and the team at Hilary Meredith Solicitors is very experienced in handling press enquiries and can provide support and reassurance to you at this time.


Losing a loved one in a military accident is devastating and life changing. In addition to dealing with the loss and grief, you may be worried about your future and financial security.

Hilary Meredith Solicitors can provide support to you at this difficult time and offer reassurance in relation to your future and help the dependants of the deceased secure compensation. The law in relation to fatal accidents is complex and specialist legal advice is needed. Our experience in relation to military compensation ensures you receive the maximum compensation offering security to you and your family for the future.

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An inquest is an investigation into an ‘unnatural’ death or a death in custody. 

Our specialist inquest solicitors represent families, witnesses and ‘interested persons’ and inquests throughout the country.

Our expertise covers the whole process including ‘Article 2 inquests’ - when a death may have been caused by an act or omission of state agent (including police forces and the prison service).

We provide full legal representation leading up to and during the inquest process.

Having legal representation is important to ensure than the circumstances of a death are thoroughly investigated.


Whilst money can never compensate for the death of a loved one, Hilary Meredith Solicitors specialises in securing compensation for bereaved families.

We will guide you through the whole process, represent you if needed and explain the complex elements of the process in language that you can understand.

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