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 »

How a Joint Settlement Meeting Helps Everyone

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons, Chartered Legal Executive I recently helped negotiate settlement in a civil action against the police. The case, which you can read about here, was unusual because it was settled during a Joint Settlement Meeting, a key part of alternative dispute resolution used in civil litigation. This is why: joint settlement meetings… Read more »

Why I am Proud to Employ Chartered Legal Executives

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Yesterday was a good day. It was when my colleague Jack Hudson was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Because Jack is a practising lawyer he is a “Chartered Legal Executive” and gets to use the letters FCILEx after his name. This is fantastic news… Read more »

Five Reasons Why the Taser Stakeholder Advisory Group Resignations Matter

Solicitor Kevin Donoghue considers the impact of resignations from the Taser Stakeholder Advisory Group. By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A number of civil society organisations recently quit the National Police Chiefs Council’s Taser Stakeholder Advisory Group. The resignations of human rights group Liberty, Inquest (I am a member of both groups), Stopwatch, the Open Society, academic… Read more »

How we’re dealing with Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Kevin Donoghue, solicitor director of Donoghue Solicitors, explains how his firm is dealing with coronavirus.By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, I would like to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the spread of the virus and taking precautionary actions. We have put measures in place to limit… Read more »

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 »