The Metropolitan Police: Profiles in Cowardice

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor In 1957, then Senator John F Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for “Profiles in Courage”. His book told the stories of eight American senators in mid-19th century America. All the men profiled sacrificed political and public support to do what was right, often at the expense of their own careers. The… Read more »

What Price Police Arrogance?

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive I represent “Jean” and “Paul” (names changed), a mother and her 24-year-old son, in a civil action against the police. So far, their case has been hard-fought. For lawyers involved in actions against the police, this will come as no surprise. Most cases are challenged. But for the public,… Read more »

The Art of War in Actions Against the Police

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor In the 5th century BC, Sun Tzu, the Chinese military general and strategist, wrote The Art of War. The book has influenced military leaders ever since. Some credit its concepts with the unification of Japan, helping Ho Chi Minh’s forces defeat America in the Vietnam war, and the US success… Read more »

Five Reasons Why a Personal Injury Lawyer Helps Claimants

Thomas O’Sullivan is a personal injury lawyer at Donoghue Solicitors. In this blog post he compares representing claimants and defendants and explains why he prefers claimant work. By Thomas O’Sullivan It might help if I explain the law before discussing the differences between claimant and defendant work. In any civil claim, there are two sides:… Read more »

Merry Christmas!

  By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our clients, friends, and families. Thank you for your support this year. We hope you have a relaxing and stress-free holiday and that 2021 is a great year for you all. (It’s got to be better than 2020 hasn’t it?) Like the… Read more »

How to Hold the Police Accountable for Human Error

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor I’ve recently settled civil actions against the police involving human error. The police fought my clients’ cases by arguing that they have legal protections from civil claims when investigating and suppressing crime. In effect, they are different to you and me in that, they say, the police cannot be held accountable… Read more »

Should UK Police Get Taser 7 Stun Guns?

Despite official warnings about safety and reliability, the Home Secretary has authorised the use of Taser 7 weapons by all 43 UK police forces. Kevin Donoghue, a solicitor who specialises in civil actions against the police, considers the implications for the public and police alike. By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Recently Priti Patel, the Home Secretary,… Read more »

How the Police and Home Office Misjudged the Public Mood

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive This week a journalist from Sky News contacted me about my client Steven Smith. He had read the case report and blog post I wrote about Mr Smith’s case (click on the links to read them) and wanted to speak to my client about his experience. With Steven’s permission… Read more »

Don’t Defund the Police: Do This Instead

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor The world has woken up to systemic police abuse with George Floyd’s death. As I’m sure you know, Mr Floyd, who lived in Minneapolis, USA, was killed by a police officer and helped by his colleagues. The video of his death quickly went viral and spurred a movement based around… Read more »