Metropolitan Police Joke Is On You

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Q: How many Metropolitan Police officers does it take to change a lightbulb? A: None. They pay someone else to do it at £100 a time. Sadly, this is not a joke. According to this report in The Telegraph,  the Metropolitan Police (‘the Met’) has agreed to pay Interserve PLC, a… Read more »

Do the Police Know the Law in Breach of the Peace UK Cases?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor As a solicitor who deals with breach of the peace (UK) claims, I am worried by the police’s apparent lack of knowledge of the law. Despite the law in UK breach of the peace cases being straightforward and well-established, it is often abused or misinterpreted by the arresting police officers. This… Read more »

How Police Misconduct Investigations Weaken Public Trust

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor A report in the Sheffield Telegraph  got me thinking about police misconduct in road traffic accidents involving the police. It said that in the three years to March 2011, South Yorkshire Police cars were involved in more than 1,152 road traffic accidents. These road accidents injured 214 people, who received almost… Read more »

Are Breach of Peace Compensation Claims Worthwhile?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director at Donoghue Solicitors I have just settled Miss B’s compensation claim for unlawful arrest due to an alleged breach of peace. This is the fourth such claim she has pursued against the police. It is interesting because unlawful arrest breach of peace cases are quite unusual and, as Miss B’s case… Read more »

Three New Year’s resolutions for a claim against the police

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors As a solicitor who specialises in helping people claim against the police, I spend a lot of my time dealing with the various police forces in England and Wales. I am sorry to say that I could use some of my time more productively if those same forces… Read more »

How criminal solicitors helped future victims of wrongful arrest

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor At a packed Law Society Special General Meeting on Tuesday 17 December, the Law Society leadership lost a vote of no confidence. For victims of wrongful arrest by the police (also known as ‘false imprisonment’), the vote might turn out to have important consequences. Criminal solicitor, James Parry of Liverpool firm… Read more »

Why the Declaration of Human Rights still matters

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director at Donoghue Solicitors   Today, 10th December, 2013, is the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration (read it here) sets out the basic human rights and freedoms to which everyone is entitled, no matter where they live.  You may be familiar with the principles… Read more »

5 free tools to find out if your personal injury solicitor is an expert

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor How do you know if your personal injury solicitor is really an ‘expert’ in accident claims? When you first speak to him or her you may only get their name and title. You might feel awkward about asking them for their professional qualifications, so that without any further information you have… Read more »

Should Serco and G4S continue electronic tagging?

  By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director at Donoghue Solicitors I read on the BBC website today that Chris Hyman, the Chief Executive of Serco, has resigned. This follows yesterday’s resignation of G4S’s Chief Executive, Richard Morris. Both companies provide security and other services, such as electronic tagging, to the UK government. The use of electronic… Read more »

Why some accident claims victims could suffer a triple injustice

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Yesterday, the Ministry of Justice confirmed that it will not be raising the small claims limit for accident claims. The current limit is, and remains, £1,000. The decision not to increase the small claims limit (for now) is a great relief for most innocent accident victims, who… Read more »