Don’t Think the Tory Government will stop at Covid to erode your rights

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This week Justice Secretary/ Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab unveiled proposals to replace the Human Rights Act with the long-awaited “bill of rights”, which, he claimed, “reflect the government’s enduring commitment to liberty under the rule of law”. Steve Reed MP, the shadow justice secretary, said the Lord Chancellor did this… Read more »

What You Should Know About Police Negligence Claims

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive Before reading this blog post, please note our terms and conditions. In particular, you should be aware that nothing here constitutes legal advice. Contact me or my colleagues directly for that. I have over 15 years’ experience helping clients with their civil actions against the police. I use… Read more »

Five Ways the Police Fail in Litigation

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive I recently wrote about how my client “Jane’s” case took 4 ½ years to settle, despite overwhelming evidence in her favour. The delay was caused by the police’s lawyers who denied, delayed, and mishandled the case from start to finish. Jane suffered desperately as a result. At one point,… Read more »

How Disingenuous Comments by the Police Undermine Public Confidence

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Disingenuous (adjective) (of a person or their behaviour) slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth Cambridge dictionary This is a follow-on piece to the three-part blog post about my client “Maria’s” experience with the Metropolitan Police and Detective Chief Inspector James Mason. The previous posts are here: In part… Read more »

Why Institutional Misogyny Thrives in the Metropolitan Police

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor “Actually coming onto victims is positively encouraged, it’s all part of the friendly and accessible face of the Met Police. It’s the rejection that is frowned upon.” – Detective Chief Inspector James Mason (in an email sent from his official Metropolitan Police account to my client) This is part three… Read more »

How Metropolitan Police Disciplinary Misconduct Panels Work

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This is part two of a three-part blog post about my client “Maria’s” experience of police misconduct proceedings involving DCI James Mason of the Metropolitan Police. Read part one here: Why DCI James Mason Was Found Guilty of Gross Misconduct. In that blog post I laid out the circumstances which led… Read more »

Why DCI James Mason Was Found Guilty of Gross Misconduct

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On 04 October 2021, my client “Maria” gave evidence at the disciplinary misconduct hearing of a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police, Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) James Mason. (I have changed my client’s name to protect her anonymity and prevent any potential repercussions from police officers and their acolytes who may… Read more »

Who holds the police’s lawyers accountable?

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive I recently wrote a blog post about who polices the police. (TL;DR: it’s brave claimants who seek justice after suffering due to police misconduct.) Bringing a civil action against the police to court can be daunting. It is not easy, even with the advice and support of expert lawyers… Read more »

Revealed: How Police Spin Doctors Work

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Journalism is “the first rough draft of history.” Former Washington Post President and Publisher Philip L. Graham Mr Graham was right. Journalists (and lawyers like me) use words for a living. They are powerful. And they matter, especially when presenting a version of events to those who pass judgement. The UK’s police forces… Read more »

Who Polices the Police?

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive At first glance, these three police officers have little in common: PC Benjamin Monk, who killed Dalian Atkinson PC Wayne Couzens, who killed Sarah Everard Sergeant Melvin Dawson, who allegedly assaulted my client. But dig deeper and you’ll find that their cases highlight an important issue: despite what the… Read more »