Will Police Take Complaints Seriously With Theresa May in No.10?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Today, after an unprecedented few weeks in politics, Home Secretary Theresa May becomes Prime Minister. Her public criticism of the police, especially in a scathing speech to the Police Federation in 2014 in which she said some officers displayed “contempt for the public”, raised hopes that this would lead to a… Read more »

Why Lawyers Object to the Investigatory Powers Bill

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Today in Parliament MPs are to debate the second reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill. I believe the Bill, as currently drafted, is not fit for purpose and joined with more than 200 other leading lawyers in writing a letter to The Guardian newspaper outlining my objections. This is why. What… Read more »

Do Taser Assault Victims Suffer Miscarriages of Justice?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A recent study in America suggests that Taser “stun-guns” cause short-term dementia-like effects in victims. This raises questions about their use and, in particular, whether miscarriages of justice occur when the police question suspects shortly after using the weapons. Independent Taser Study The study, reported by Drexel University, and funded by the… Read more »

Are Merseyside Police Confused About the Burden of Proof?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Last week my client, Liverpool solicitor James Parry, was awarded £9,000 compensation in his false imprisonment claim against Merseyside Police. You can read about the case at The Liverpool Echo and The Law Society Gazette websites. These press reports included a statement from Merseyside Police. As a solicitor who… Read more »

Can I Claim Compensation for a Mistaken Identity Arrest?

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons, GCILEx In the past couple of weeks, I have taken on three new clients who want to pursue actions against the police after a mistaken identity arrest. All three men have suffered mentally and physically due to the incompetence of the police. This is why I believe they should be compensated…. Read more »

5 Reasons Why We Don’t Pay a Staff Bonus

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors I’m proud that, at Donoghue Solicitors, we do things a little differently. It may be uncomfortable to hear, but like every other law firm, we are in business, not charity. Even though we spend a lot of time and money giving back to our community, being professional… Read more »

Can the Police Be Trusted with Body Cameras?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor A little under a year ago I wrote about the roll-out of police body cameras. (Read the blog here.) In that post I noted that these tools can have a positive effect on policing, reducing both the number of complaints and the use of force. But I cautioned that they should… Read more »

Donoghue Solicitors Short-listed for Two Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I am delighted to announce that my firm, Donoghue Solicitors, has been short-listed for two awards in the prestigious 2015 Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards. We are up for the Niche Law Firm of the Year and Small Law Firm of the Year Legal Awards, along with only two other firms… Read more »

Five Ways to Cut Police Complaints

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Yesterday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (“IPCC”) published its Police Complaints Statistics for England and Wales Report for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. (The IPCC is responsible for overseeing the system for handling complaints against the police.) The report is grim reading. It shows that police complaints are at… Read more »

A Police Claims Solicitor’s Christmas Wish

By Kevin Donoghue, Police Claims Solicitor and Director of Donoghue Solicitors Can you believe it’s nearly the end of 2014? As a police claims solicitor, this year I used the firm’s blog to highlight issues I came across in daily law practice. As my blog posts show, there are lots of areas of concern. My… Read more »