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Government scraps plans for Bill of Rights

In a welcome development, Justice secretary Alex Chalk this week confirmed that the government will not proceed with the Bill of Rights Bill, ending weeks of speculation about its potential demise.

As widely expected, Chalk told the House of Commons that the proposed legislation had been abandoned.

Commenting on the news, Dianne Yates, Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors said: “We welcome this announcement which for the present, and hopefully now permanently, has stopped the Government’s attempts to once again limit the rights of the seriously injured, service personnel, veterans and their families.

“The rights of service personnel and veterans have already been reduced by virtue of the Overseas Operations Act 2021 and this so-called 'Bill of Rights' was yet another attack.”

Added Dianne: “Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited specialise in claims for serving and ex-forces personnel and their families against the MoD and claims for those seriously and medically injured against a wide variety of other Defendants, and often rely upon the protections in the HRA to support our clients claims, particularly at inquests.

“We are pleased that the Government is no longer seeking to fetter the Court’s discretion or decision-making process or reduce further access to justice for innocent Claimants.”

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