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Why Did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 3)

What are the consequences of police militarisation?   By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor This is Part 3 in a 3-part blog. Read Part 1 and Part 2 by clicking on the links. Ask a police officer what they have in common with solicitors and they may answer, “not a lot”. But they do. Both have a…


Why Did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 2)

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Why did the police become militarised? Last week I described how the police have become militarised in the UK. Contrary to (then Home Secretary) Theresa May’s claim, they now “hide behind military style equipment”. But how, and why, did this happen? To answer that question, we need to look at a…


Donoghue Solicitors Shortlisted for Liverpool Law Society Award

  By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Two years ago, Donoghue Solicitors won the Niche Law Firm Award at the 2015 Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards. The awards are held bi-annually, and we were honoured to hold the Niche Law Firm Award title for two years. I have just learned that we have been shortlisted for Niche Law Firm…


Why did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 1)

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor   “our police have never, and will never, routinely carry guns or hide behind military style equipment.” The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, speaking on 23 July 2015 “Home secretary authorises Taser X2 for police in England and Wales despite concerns over deaths and serious injuries” The Guardian, 2 March 2017…


A Solicitor’s Review of 2016 and Predictions for 2017

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor 2016 has been a tumultuous year for the country as a whole, and civil litigation lawyers in particular. But what does 2017 hold? Here I look at three issues which affected us this year and make predictions for how they will play out in 2017. 1.      The proposed increase in the…


Spit Guards or Spit Hoods? Don’t Fall for the Spin

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor The Scene: a member of the Police Federation goes into a hardware store and approaches a sales assistant. Police Federation Member: Where can I find the earth moving implements? Sales Assistant: (Blank look) I’m sorry. What was that? Police Federation Member: Earth moving implements. You know, for moving earth in the…


The Spit Hoods Balancing Act

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week I discussed spit hoods on BBC Radio Essex with presenter Sadie Nine and Steve Taylor, incoming head of Essex Police Federation. You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer or here: The Police Federation, a staff association, is keen to ensure its police officers have access to the…


Three Ways Police Misconduct Victims are Denied Access to Justice

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On Tuesday, Baron Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, felt compelled to state the obvious when talking about Gina Miller, the lead claimant in the “Brexit” hearings before the High Court. (Ms Miller wants the Court to determine if Parliament should have a role in triggering Article 50 of the treaty on…


How Can Police Justify the Use of a Spit Hood?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor and Specialist in Civil Actions Against the Police In an embarrassing climb-down reported in The Independent this week the Metropolitan Police (the “Met”) suspended plans to trial spit hood masks after pressure from human rights campaigners. The news brought attention to the fact that spit hoods are presently used by forces…


Five Tips to Find the Best Solicitors to Sue the Police

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It can be hard to find the best solicitors to sue the police for you. Let me help with unbiased insider advice only a lawyer who specialises in actions against the police can give. Unbiased? Really? As you can tell from our website, we want everyone who might bring an actions…


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