Why I Went into the Police Federation Lion’s Den

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor “You’re brave, coming into the lion’s den,” said the Police Federation representative. “I know,” I replied, “but it’s worth it.” This was one of the conversations I had at the Police Federation Post Incident Procedure conference on 15-16 October. There I met police officers, representatives of the Independent Office for Police… Read more »

How Police Tasers Threaten Public Confidence

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor  Recent media reports about police Tasers highlight two issues faced by the public and police alike. The first is the use of force. The second issue is accountability. Both threaten: 1. public confidence in the police 2. the doctrine of “policing by consent”, described by the Home Office as “the power… Read more »

Why Did Sir Cliff Richard Get So Much Compensation?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor and specialist in civil actions against the police On Wednesday 18 July, Mr Justice Mann, sitting in the High Court in London, awarded Sir Cliff Richard £210,000 compensation from the BBC in respect of his successful damages claim. (Official judgment here. )This is in addition to a previously agreed settlement of £400,000… Read more »

Should a Criminal Conviction Prevent a Police Officer From Serving?

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive at Donoghue Solicitors I recently settled a claim against Avon & Somerset Police for Steven Smith. Mr Smith (details used with his kind permission) was assaulted by PC F, a police officer in Bristol. The police officer received a criminal conviction for “assault by beating”. Recently we found out that… Read more »

Taking the biscuit with the Police Code of Ethics

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor  This morning, I appeared on Nick Ferrari’s LBC radio programme to discuss PC Thomas Hooper’s disciplinary hearing.   Among other charges, PC Hooper is alleged to have stolen a colleague’s biscuits. This led to questions about whether the allegations against him merit a full disciplinary hearing. In the comments section of… Read more »

Will the Independent Office for Police Conduct Work?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor director of  Donoghue Solicitors On Monday 8 January 2018 the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) replaced the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The IOPC is now responsible for overseeing the police complaints system in England and Wales. The government describes the IOPC as “the reformed police watchdog”. Many who dealt… Read more »

How police ignore guidance on outcomes in police misconduct proceedings

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week the College of Policing issued a new document: “Guidance on outcomes in police misconduct proceedings”. The College, which issued the guidance, describes itself as “the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. Our purpose is to provide those working in policing with… Read more »

Police Abuse of Position for a Sexual Purpose – No More Excuses

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Recently I wrote about the serious issue of police abuse of position for a sexual purpose. I expressed concern that the police are not tackling the issue, causing serious harm to victims. As a recent report shows, I am not alone. But, what it also shows is that police staff at… Read more »

Was Simon Brodkin Wrongfully Arrested for a Breach of the Peace?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It’s fair to say that Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative party conference last week was farcical. Not only did she suffer persistent coughing, but letters on the sign behind her fell off the wall, giving quick-witted viewers the chance to mock her with social media memes.   I had to draw… Read more »

What Happened at a Private Dinner Hosted by Liverpool Law Society

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On Wednesday evening I attended a private Dinner for Managing Partners in Liverpool. Liverpool Law Society President, John Ballam, and his fellow officers, hosted the event. Attendees included representatives from solicitors’ firms of all sizes. Bankers, consultants, and others who support the legal profession also came along. As well as an… Read more »