Without changes to QOCS, could Ferguson happen here?

It’s said that when America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold. If the government doesn’t take urgent action to change its policy on Qualified One Way Costs Shifting (“QOCS”), we might need to get an industrial-sized box of Kleenex® ready. Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, explains why. In August this year Darren Wilson, a white… Read more »

What Does a Police Solicitor Know About Ethics?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I was disappointed to read that another police solicitor is to be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) about ethical breaches. (In this article a “police solicitor” is one who represents police forces and/ or the Police Federation (the staff association for all police constables, sergeants, and inspectors) when dealing… Read more »

How Police Taser Use is Failing Us All

Is the current police taser policy working? A few recent reports about the police’s use of tasers in the UK suggest not. By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor In 2013, police tasers were deployed 10,380 times across England and Wales. The weapons, which discharge an electrical charge said to be 50,000 volts, cause temporary paralysis. As a… Read more »

Police Assault? You Decide

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor and specialist in actions against the police I came across this facebook video of a man being arrested at Freshbrook shops in Swindon. It appears to show police assault a man during the course of an arrest. According to the comments beneath the video, the arrested man was “accused of something he… Read more »

Why Electronic Tag Compensation Claims May Increase

Things are about to get more complicated for anyone wearing an electronic tag, and a lot more expensive for Capita PLC. Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors, explains why.   New Electronic Tag Contract   This week the Guardian reported how Capita, the public services outsourcing company, has been awarded a six-year contract to… Read more »

Why the Police Should Change Their Body Camera Policy

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Yesterday the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they will trial the use of body camera technology with 500 front line officers based in 10 London boroughs, starting with Camden. This follows successful trials of the equipment, which records what the officer sees and hears, in Devon & Cornwall and Bedfordshire. If successful,… Read more »

Do the Police Know the Law in Breach of the Peace UK Cases?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor As a solicitor who deals with breach of the peace (UK) claims, I am worried by the police’s apparent lack of knowledge of the law. Despite the law in UK breach of the peace cases being straightforward and well-established, it is often abused or misinterpreted by the arresting police officers. This… Read more »

How Police Misconduct Investigations Weaken Public Trust

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor A report in the Sheffield Telegraph  got me thinking about police misconduct in road traffic accidents involving the police. It said that in the three years to March 2011, South Yorkshire Police cars were involved in more than 1,152 road traffic accidents. These road accidents injured 214 people, who received almost… Read more »

Are Breach of Peace Compensation Claims Worthwhile?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director at Donoghue Solicitors I have just settled Miss B’s compensation claim for unlawful arrest due to an alleged breach of peace. This is the fourth such claim she has pursued against the police. It is interesting because unlawful arrest breach of peace cases are quite unusual and, as Miss B’s case… Read more »

Three New Year’s resolutions for a claim against the police

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors As a solicitor who specialises in helping people claim against the police, I spend a lot of my time dealing with the various police forces in England and Wales. I am sorry to say that I could use some of my time more productively if those same forces… Read more »