How the Police Conduct Regulations Help Cover Up Sexual Abuse

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week I went to BBC Television Centre in London for an interview with Newsnight’s Yasminara Khan. My client “Sara” and I helped with a story about how police deal with sexual abusers within their ranks. The piece was aired on Newsnight on Wednesday night. Watch it by clicking on… Read more »

Five Ways Online Reviews Help Clients and Solicitors

By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive It’s a fact. People leave and read online reviews of law firms. A recent report from a company in the USA found that 81% of consumers look at lawyers’ reviews and think they are important. (The numbers are even higher for other products or services.) My firm has been… Read more »

How College of Policing Guidance Enables Body Worn Camera Abuse

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor For many years I have said that the College of Policing’s body worn camera (BWC) guidance is not fit for purpose. In particular, I have railed against the idea that the police can be trusted to use their cameras properly. A recent court report highlights the inevitable consequences. Last week I… Read more »

Can We Trust the Police With Social Media?

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This week the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) took the unusual step of issuing a specific warning to police officers about their use of social media. Michael Lockwood, the IOPC Director General noted that: “From racist, sexist, and other discriminatory comments to photographing crime scenes and using social media… Read more »

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 »