Will an ITV Documentary Help End Sexual Abuse by Police Officers?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor ITV is showing a documentary at 10:45pm tonight (Tuesday 15 October) about sexual abuse by police officers. I urge you to watch “Exposure: Predator Police Uncovered”. The documentary will shine a light on the widespread issue of sexual abuse by police officers of female victims of crime. The programme-makers report that:… Read more »

Why Police Corruption Goes Unpunished

Kevin Donoghue, solicitor and specialist in civil actions against the police, explains why police corruption goes unpunished in this blog post.By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Today I had to do something I did not want to do. I told a potential client that I could not help him bring a seemingly good claim on the merits…. Read more »

5 Things Every Newly-Qualified Chartered Legal Executive Should Know

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive This week my colleague Kemmi Alfa qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive. She is now a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. This gives her considerable rights and responsibilities, which you can read about here. I have seen the impact of qualification on my own career. I… Read more »

Do the Police Have Double Standards?

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive Knife crime is a serious problem. The police are right to highlight this and seek harsh punishment for offenders. But what about when it involves one of their own?  Then, as two of my clients have found, things aren’t quite so straightforward. Read on and ask yourself if the… Read more »

Donoghue Solicitors Shortlisted in Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor director of Donoghue Solicitors We did it again! Donoghue Solicitors has been shortlisted in the Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards for the third time in a row. This accolade comes hot-on-the-heels of our shortlisting for Boutique Law Firm of the Year in the 2019 Modern Law Awards. Read on to find… Read more »

Five Things You Should Know About Spit Hoods

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor and specialist in civil actions against the police Last week I appeared on the BBC Three Counties’ JVS programme to talk about spit hoods. I’ve discussed spit hoods (which the police like to call “spit guards”) on tv and radio before. The discussions always take the same approach. The presenter discusses… Read more »

What Defendant Lawyers Don’t Understand About Claimants

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, FCILEx “Words cannot express my gratitude to you. I have came across many people,all from  different walks of life, but can honestly say with my hand on my precious nannies ashes that you one in a million. You should be so extremely proud of yourself. Thank you are just words but when… Read more »

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 »