Will Paul Gambaccini sue the police?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On Friday 10 October the Metropolitan Police told Paul Gambaccini they will not be proceeding in their investigations over historical sex allegations. The police arrested Mr. Gambaccini on Tuesday 29th October 2013 and released him under police bail. They did not charge him with any offences. The broadcaster described his “12 months of horror… Read more »

Why won’t a solicitor take my no win no fee claim?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor You’ve decided to claim compensation, researched which solicitors’ firm to use, and got in touch with a lawyer. But the solicitor you contact says they won’t represent you, even using a conditional fee agreement (also known as ‘no win no fee’) agreement. If you’re in this position and find yourself asking “why… Read more »

What Does a Police Solicitor Know About Ethics?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I was disappointed to read that another police solicitor is to be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) about ethical breaches. (In this article a “police solicitor” is one who represents police forces and/ or the Police Federation (the staff association for all police constables, sergeants, and inspectors) when dealing… Read more »

How Police Taser Use is Failing Us All

Is the current police taser policy working? A few recent reports about the police’s use of tasers in the UK suggest not. By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor In 2013, police tasers were deployed 10,380 times across England and Wales. The weapons, which discharge an electrical charge said to be 50,000 volts, cause temporary paralysis. As a… Read more »

Police Assault? You Decide

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor and specialist in actions against the police I came across this facebook video of a man being arrested at Freshbrook shops in Swindon. It appears to show police assault a man during the course of an arrest. According to the comments beneath the video, the arrested man was “accused of something he… Read more »

Why Electronic Tag Compensation Claims May Increase

Things are about to get more complicated for anyone wearing an electronic tag, and a lot more expensive for Capita PLC. Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors, explains why.   New Electronic Tag Contract   This week the Guardian reported how Capita, the public services outsourcing company, has been awarded a six-year contract to… Read more »

Charity begins at home for Donoghue Solicitors

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th July a team from Donoghue Solicitors are attempting the National 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of a local charity, Bootle-based Brunswick Youth and Community Centre. We hope to raise £3,000 so the Club can provide activities to local young people during the summer…. Read more »

Donoghue Solicitors win the “World Cup”

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons We won! On Tuesday 27 May a team representing Donoghue Solicitors won the Powerleague Liverpool World Cup 5-a-side football tournament. As a keen footballer outside of work, I put together a crack team of fellow “athletes” to play in the competition.   Donoghue Solicitors’ team competed against various other businesses from… Read more »

Why the Police Should Change Their Body Camera Policy

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Yesterday the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they will trial the use of body camera technology with 500 front line officers based in 10 London boroughs, starting with Camden. This follows successful trials of the equipment, which records what the officer sees and hears, in Devon & Cornwall and Bedfordshire. If successful,… Read more »

Why taking a pre-medical offer could be an expensive mistake

Accepting a pre-medical offer could be a costly financial mistake. Daniel Fitzsimmons of Donoghue Solicitors explains why. I recently represented a client from Birmingham who had been injured in a road traffic accident. After medical examination and negotiations with the other driver’s insurers, I settled her claim for more than three times the original offer…. Read more »