13 November 2019 | Firm news | Article by Francesca Bamsey
The Military Team at Hugh James held their second Military Conference on 22 October 2019.
After the fantastic success of our inaugural Military Conference in October 2018, we were delighted to be able to hold our second event in our new office at Two Central Square, Cardiff, hosted by Partner and Head of the Military Department, Simon Ellis.
The theme of this year’s conference was 'Life After Injury' which focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brain injuries and hearing loss and tinnitus suffered by veterans and serving personnel.
There were around 80 delegates at the event, all coming from various military charities and occupational backgrounds, such as the Royal British Legion, Minds at War, Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cwm Taff Council, Gwent Police, Combat Stress, G4 S Central Government Service, SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity, Care after Combat and Welsh Government.
We had some fantastic inspirational and motivational speakers on the day. Our keynote was Mr Simon Weston CBE, Former Welsh Guardsman who was severely injured during the Bluff Cove Air Attack during the Falklands War in 1982. His message was 'respect not sympathy' and how the fight does not stop after the war is over and the struggles he faced when transitioning into civilian life.
Simon was followed by;
- Professor Jonathan Bisson, Professor in Psychiatry at Cardiff University School of Medicine who discussed PTSD in military veterans, diagnosis and the pioneering 3MDR treatment
- Andrew Harding, Partner at Hugh James then delivered an insightful presentation on ‘Brain Injury – You can’t divorce the person from the purse’
- Emma Grant, Head of News at The Wave, gave an emotional and inspiring talk about her passion for campaigning journalism and her commitment to raising awareness of issues affecting the veteran community and her work in organising the very first Veteran Network event at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea
- Aliyah Akram and James Beeton from 12 King’s Bench Walk discussed the topic of 'Compensation: What is it good for?'
- Phillip Hall of Help for Heroes gave us an insight into a new LIBOR funded project he is leading that provides support to the most severely injured and sick veterans
- Sean Molino BCA, Director of Forces Fitness talked about how to maintain a good health well-being after transition
The conference ended with Colin McLachlan, former SAS Soldier, author and star of Channel Four’s reality TV drama SAS: He Who Dares Wins’ giving us all an insight into the vigorous training, dangerous missions and life of an SAS soldier, who then faced many hurdles in accessing employment when he left service and how he funded himself through university where he attained a First Class MA (Hons.) in History from Edinburgh University and an M.Litt in Terrorism from St. Andrews University.
We are proud to say the feedback that we have received from our delegates and speakers has been excellent. This shows how important it is to join forces with military charities, organisations and businesses to support veterans and serving personnel. Together, we can educate the military community on what support and rehabilitation is available to those who have been injured during service, signpost charities and support groups and increase awareness of individuals' civil rights.
We are now very much looking forward to our next Military Conference on Tuesday, 20 October 2020. Watch this space!