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 »

What You Should Know About the Police Barred List

  By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor When police officers are dismissed for gross misconduct their victims often express relief. They think that the officers will: never serve in the police again have their details added to a publicly-searchable barred list to protect others. But, in many cases, neither of these things are true. Here I show… Read more »

Five Ways Police Sexual Misconduct Goes Unchecked

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Recently BBC Woman’s Hour and Newsnight reported on the issue of police sexual misconduct, including sexual abuse within the police’s ranks. Listen to their disturbing report on Woman’s Hour here. Sadly, incidents of police sexual misconduct are not new. In January 2017, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue… Read more »

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 »