A Letter to Front-Line Police Officers in the Met

Dear front-line police officers in the Met, Most of you don’t know me. If you come across my name in a professional capacity something’s gone very wrong. That’s because I am a solicitor who represents victims of police misconduct. Many of my cases involve suing the Metropolitan Police (“the Met”). I have appeared on t.v…. Read more »

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sides of Police Custody Officers

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive Last week I explained how Cheshire Police unlawfully detained my client Sam Povey in what appears to be a breach of the Police Code of Ethics. This week I want to look at the role of the police custody officers in Sam’s case. (Mr Povey kindly allowed me to use… Read more »

Are Police Ethics Rules Ignored?

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives I recently settled a civil compensation claim against Cheshire Police. During the case, I learned some things about how the police conducted themselves. These led me to question if officers know the police ethics rules. The current rules were last updated nearly five years… Read more »

My journey from basketball court to law court

By Jack Hudson, LLB (Hons) Today my boss Kevin Donoghue showed me this genuine email from a client: Hi Kevin, I just wanted to send a quick message just to ensure that Jack gets the recognition he deserves. Not only throughout the case has he been sensitive and supportive he has also treated me as… Read more »

Do Police Take Sexual Harassment Seriously?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors A recent newspaper report about police sexual harassment focused on police staff. But the findings also affect the public. Here, I look at the evidence and if the police are tackling the problem. In July 2017 I called on the police’s overseer, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary… Read more »

Can the Gatwick Airport Drone Couple Claim Compensation?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Between 19-21 December 2018 Gatwick Airport was shut down after a drone (or drones) was spotted near the runway. The shutdown caused travel disruption at the UK’s second busiest airport. It affected about 140,000 passengers with delays and cancellations to 1,000 flights. On Friday 21 December 2018… Read more »

What the Weapons Effect Tells Us About Police Taser Assaults

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors A recent report about police use of Tasers found that “officers are more likely to be assaulted when carrying electroshock weaponry, and more likely to apply force.” The report found that between June 2016 – June 2017 City of London police officers armed with Tasers were almost… Read more »

Donoghue Solicitors Shortlisted for Modern Law Awards

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This morning I saw this tweet on my firm’s feed: Happy Monday! We will be contacting all the shortlisted firms today for the @Eclipse_Legal Modern Law Awards 2019 – best of luck everyone. We recieved a record number of nominations, the law market has never been so innovative, proactive and dynamic…. Read more »

Will Home Office Plans Increase Tactical Contact Risks?

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive Recent footage of Metropolitan Police officers using “tactical contact” to apprehend alleged criminals has caught the attention of the public and politicians alike. Tactical contact is a form of “hard stop”, a technique where police drivers make contact with a suspect’s vehicle. Watch the video below to see it… Read more »

Why Our Cyber Essentials Accreditation Matters

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor director of Donoghue Solicitors Q. What do Cambridge University the Scottish Football Association Lloyds of London the Co-operative Bank Donoghue Solicitors have in common? A. They are all Cyber Essentials accredited. We recently became part of this exclusive club. This is why. What is the Cyber Essentials Scheme? The UK government… Read more »