About Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor

Photo of Kevin Donoghue, solicitor director of Donoghue Solicitors.

Kevin Donoghue is the Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors. Read more about him here.

“Everyone needs a solicitor at some point in their lives. I wake up every day thinking about how to make using a lawyer as easy as possible.” -Kevin Donoghue, solicitor director

Kevin Donoghue is a solicitor and director of Donoghue Solicitors, an award-winning firm of compensation claims lawyers. Kevin has fought for claimants’ rights for more than 21 years.

Logo for Liverpool Law Society Outstanding Lawyer Award 2023. Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, has been shortlisted for the award.

Kevin Donoghue was shortlisted for the Outstanding Lawyer Award at the 2023 Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards.

Kevin Donoghue’s Role Within the Firm

Mr Donoghue is an SRA-approved manager and our Compliance Officer for Legal Practice and for Finance & Administration. (The main compliance roles within a solicitor’s practice.) He looks after all aspects of the firm’s legal and financial issues. These include management, marketing, compliance, human resources, and technology.

A screenshot of the Law Society website showing Kevin Donoghue's listing which confirms that he is a Director and SRA-approved manager at Donoghue Solicitors.

The Law Society website confirms that Kevin Donoghue is the solicitor director of Donoghue Solicitors and an SRA- approved manager.

But Kevin is not just an office manager. He is a “hands on” solicitor who represents claimants throughout England and Wales. For example:

  1. in this Buzzfeed News report you can find out how he helped Nigel Lang of Sheffield recover £60,000 in his data protection breach compensation claim.
  2. this case report shows how Kevin helped one Cardiff-based client receive over £70,000 compensation from South Wales Police.
  3. in this case study read how he helped Mr Elliot of Grimsby get £37,500 compensation from Humberside Police after his unlawful arrest and prosecution

Read more case reports about Donoghue Solicitors’ UK-based clients here.

A voice for the voiceless!

– Gemma Rowinski

Picture of Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, taken during a Sky News interview discussing police sexual abuse cases.

Kevin Donoghue was interviewed by Sky News about police sexual abuse cases.

Professional Accreditations and Memberships

Kevin Donoghue is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. See his official details on the Law Society’s website here. You can see Kevin’s LinkedIn profile, which confirms his details, by clicking on the link. He is also an active member of the following organisations:

I sincerely think he is one of the most honourable solicitors that l have met.

-Altho Sutt

High Value and Complex Claims Lawyer

Mr Donoghue handles some of the most serious litigation claims lawyers come across. Among many other cases, these include:

His reputation led to The Law Society Gazette (the solicitors’ trade paper) profiling Kevin as their “lawyer in the news”:

Law Society Gazette Lawyer in the News article featuring Kevin Donoghue, solicitor.

I can not say words to express the overwhelming thanks to Kevin and his team for their support integrity and above all above and beyond the call of diligence to the extent they will go for their clients… without exception when noing there rights and liberty of eny body at the hands of the police….nothing but excellent service and advice…First port of call for eny body..Kevin Donoghue Solicitors.
-Adrian Miller

Why You Can Trust Kevin Donoghue With Your Claim

Kevin Donoghue has a proven track record of success with compensation claims. He has helped claimants get justice for over 21 years, a long time in a profession as challenging as the law. Mr Donoghue can only do this because he considers the law his “calling”. Fighting for claimants’ rights is what he was born to do. This is why he has faith in the clients he represents. Kevin has the confidence to take cases to trial and win. (Read this case report to find out more.)

Mr Donoghue’s fellow solicitors know this too. They trust him to handle their compensation claims. His clients include other lawyers, such as a criminal solicitor who needed help to remove her biometric data, a service we also provide to members of the public.

Where appropriate, Kevin represents clients on a no win no fee basis. This means that claimants can seek justice even if they can’t afford to pay a solicitor privately. (Please note: Donoghue Solicitors do not represent clients on legal aid. Our Law Society listing wrongly says we offer it. We have notified them of the error.)

Read what Kevin’s clients think of him on Google, Facebook, ReviewSolicitors, and Freeindex.

Kevin Donoghue was very sympathetic to our distress and clearly took us through our options and timescales before anything would happen…Kevin regularly called us in person to keep us up to date with the case… I would definitely recommend their services to anyone in a similar situation.

-David Williams

Photo of Kevin Donoghue, a solicitor who recently discussed child strip searches by police on Sky News.

Kevin Donoghue discussed the police’s use of strip searches on children on Sky News.

Legal Expertise in the Media

Kevin’s reputation and success led to him becoming a trusted expert to the media when discussing legal matters. He is especially well-known for presenting the claimants’ side in civil actions against the police claims and regularly discusses this area of law on tv and radio. (You can see him on Sky News, BBC tv, ITV tv by clicking on the links. Listen to him discuss spit hoods on BBC Wales radio here.)

He also helps journalists with in-depth programmes involving police misconduct. These include the BBC Newsnight team and documentary film-makers for Channel 4’s Dispatches.

End credits image of Channel 4's Dispatches documentary "Cops on Trial" showing credit to Kevin Donoghue.

End credits from Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary “Cops on Trial”.

Kevin Donoghue and his amazing team handled my claim with the utmost care and professionalism. I was treated with dignity and kindness at all times. I would highly recommend them.

Heidi moissard

As well as tv and radio, Mr Donoghue promotes claimants’ rights in the print and online media. Some examples include:

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-Mark Pleavin

Professional Training and Appearances

Mr Donoghue teaches other lawyers about civil actions against the police and police abuse of authority for sexual gain compensation claims.

Kevin also takes part in expert panels. His professional appearances include one at a Police Federation conference. There Mr Donoghue argued for the rights and protection of the public who come into contact with the police. (Read Kevin’s blog post about the conference here.)

I was recently represented by Kevin Donoghue…. He made the process very easy, and all of the staff at the firm are extremely professional.

-Dylan McDermott

Expertise Shared in Legal Publications

Kevin also writes technical articles for legal publications such as:

  1. the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers newsletter. Kevin discussed the complex and evolving issue of vicarious liability in his article:  Is Vicarious Liability Finished After Trustees of the Barry
    Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v BXB?
  2. the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers PI Update magazine. The magazine is read by the organisation’s 3,200 lawyer members. In this article Kevin explained to his fellow professionals why the Court of Appeal rejected a professional negligence claim against solicitors
  3. in the Personal Injury Law Journal he discussed what every lawyer must know about civil actions against the police
  4. Donoghue Solicitors’ own blog. Examples include:

Mr Donoghue shares this knowledge (without fee) to help his fellow legal professionals and others understand the law from the claimant lawyers’ perspective. By doing this, he hopes to advance the cause of claimants’ rights, and arm other compensation claims lawyers with the tools to help their own clients get justice.

Kevin is brilliant!… Stuck by me since the very start and got us the best result!

– Ryan Parker

Image of Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, discussing the roll out of the Taser 7 on the BBC South Today news programme.

Kevin Donoghue offers expert insight into policing matters throughout England and Wales – here he explained to the audience of BBC South Today why the public should be concerned with the roll out of the Taser 7 weapon to police forces in the area.

Academic Research

Kevin Donoghue is often called upon by academics conducting research. His many years of “hands-on” legal experience makes Mr Donoghue a valuable resource for research papers, books, and other publications.

For example, he helped Dr Abi Dymond with her forthcoming book: Electric-shock Weapons, TASERs and Policing: Myths and Realities.

Kevin…advised at all times of the process and what would be in our best interests -including refusing offers which were deemed insufficient…Thank you all @Donoghue solicitors

-Ricky Plant

How Kevin Donoghue became the Solicitor Director of his own firm

Kevin Donoghue’s journey to establishing Donoghue Solicitors began in Bootle, North Liverpool. Kevin is fiercely proud of his roots and still lives in the area. His dad is a local plasterer. His mum is a housekeeper. Both parents worked hard to improve their family’s lives. They taught Kevin the value of hard work, doing a proper job, reliability, and trust.

Instilled with these values, Kevin excelled at his local state school- Savio Salesian College. Kevin knew he wanted to work in the law but was not tempted by the traditional route of university. Instead he worked as a legal clerk in the litigation department of DPP-Law solicitors in Bootle. Within a year he took responsibility for his own clients. Kevin saw first-hand the positive effects of helping people with their compensation claims. It inspired him to work evenings and weekends to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2006. It was hard work but well worth it. Qualification gave Kevin control of his own varied litigation caseload.

But he wanted more. Kevin had ambitions to set up his own firm. He studied at the prestigious College of Law in Chester (now University of Law) and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. He started Donoghue Solicitors in 2010. The firm grew quickly and continues to thrive because everyone in it follows Kevin’s five founding principles, which you can read about here.

There are so many law firms out there today that promise to deliver a quality and professional service and while I can’t say there are some bad ones, as I am sure there are, I can definately recommend Donoghue Solicitors as an initial point of contact when considering taking action against the Police. I can speak from 1st hand experience that the firms Director, Kevin Donoghue, is bang on the money when it comes to taking on the Police.

-Stuart Wragg

About Donoghue Solicitors

Donoghue Solicitors is a long-established law firm which offers a personal, friendly, and expert compensation claims service to people throughout England and Wales. Kevin Donoghue leads a team of fearless advocates who fight for claimants’ rights. Read more about Donoghue Solicitors, including legal information about us, by clicking on the link.

Kevin was very personable and good at explaining complicated legal procedures in understandable terms.

-Bianca Brigden

Image of Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, on BBC Newsnight

Kevin Donoghue offers his expert opinion and assistance to the media, including BBC Newsnight.

How to Contact Kevin Donoghue Solicitor

Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, is a director of Donoghue Solicitors. You can contact him:

  1. by completing this short contact form
  2. call Kevin on 08000 124 246 (freephone) or 0151 236 1336
  3. write to Donoghue Solicitors, 25 Hatton Garden, Liverpool, L3 2FE.

Kevin is very friendly and loyal at providing the best possible service to his clients. I received A1 service…I will recommend him to anyone as a truly reliable person.

– Gary Wilson