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12 July 2022 | Firm News | Article by Simon Ellis

Hugh James awarded “Highest Badge of Honour” for support to Armed Forces Community

We have become the first law firm in Wales to receive a Gold Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award for our work supporting the Armed Forces community.

We received the prestigious award from the MoD’s Regional Command – the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales, today.

The award is the MoD’s highest badge of honour for employers, and only presented to exemplar organisations that demonstrate a far-reaching commitment to veterans, their families and those currently serving. Gold award holders are recognised for their proactive forces-friendly policies, their work in helping leavers transition from the military into civilian careers – and for their wider partnership working and advocacy.

Hugh James has supported the armed forces community in a variety of ways for many years – not just with the legal and financial advice we provide, but as a forces-friendly employer and active contributor to local communities and associated military initiatives.

In March 2020, we proudly signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging our support to the military community and committing to uphold the key principles of the Covenant in its business dealings. Then, in September 2020 we became the first law firm in Wales to be given a Silver Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a public pledge to acknowledge and understand that those in the armed forces, as well as veterans, and families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy, and society where they serve.

Hugh James works in partnership with military specialists and charities throughout the year and engages in an ongoing series of educational, fundraising and sponsorship activities. The firm sponsors the annual Veterans Awards and, during Armed Forces Week, worked in partnership with The Wave Radio to deliver the Forces of Change veterans network event at the Swansea.com stadium.

Partner at Hugh James, and Head of the Military department, Simon Ellis, said:

“Receiving the Ministry of Defence, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award, is something we will hold very dear. At Hugh James, we’re passionate about doing all we can to assist service personnel, veterans, and their families. Our Armed Forces community is deserving of significant support and our commitment is stronger than ever.”

If you have a query and would like to discuss it with one of our specialist military lawyers, please get in touch.

Author bio

Simon Ellis


Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has worked with the firm for more than 25 years, having trained and qualified here. Simon heads up the Military Department, advising and assisting current and former military personnel with various health conditions and injuries. He specialises in claims such as hearing loss, non-freezing cold injuries, compartment syndrome and military injury cases. He is often asked to advise on more unusual claims in the military context.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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