Police Abuse of Position for a Sexual Purpose – No More Excuses

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Recently I wrote about the serious issue of police abuse of position for a sexual purpose. I expressed concern that the police are not tackling the issue, causing serious harm to victims. As a recent report shows, I am not alone. But, what it also shows is that police staff at… Read more »

Was Simon Brodkin Wrongfully Arrested for a Breach of the Peace?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It’s fair to say that Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative party conference last week was farcical. Not only did she suffer persistent coughing, but letters on the sign behind her fell off the wall, giving quick-witted viewers the chance to mock her with social media memes.   I had to draw… Read more »

A Solicitor’s Calling

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It’s said that practising law is a “calling”. But what does that mean, and how do solicitors fulfil it? Collins Dictionary defines a calling as:  a profession or career which someone is strongly attracted to, especially one which involves helping other people. This is a useful definition because it shows the relationship between… Read more »

Does Apple Care More About Your Privacy Than the Government?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor   Timing is everything.   On Tuesday Apple showcased its latest smartphone, the iPhone X.   The next day Professor Paul Wiles, the Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material (‘the biometrics commissioner’), published his annual report.   On the face of it, these events are unrelated. But are… Read more »

In Praise of Appraisals

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Most of the time I write on my firm’s blog about actions against the police, news and politics, and legal issues. This is not one of those times. Today I want to talk about: the team we have here at Donoghue Solicitors, how staff appraisals bring out the best… Read more »

Why Facial Recognition Technology is Another Home Office Failure

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week I asked why the Home Office was ignoring spit hoods, allowing individual police forces to roll them out on a piecemeal basis. (TL;DR it’s inexcusable, and people are being injured, or worse, as a result.) Another issue the government seems unwilling, or unable, to deal with is Facial Recognition… Read more »

Why is the Government’s CAST Department Ignoring Spit Hoods?

CAUTION: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor I was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds about West Yorkshire Police’s roll out of spit hoods to front-line officers. You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer (fast forward through to 2 hours 6 minutes 50 seconds) or hear it below: Before… Read more »

Why I Agree with the Police Federation About Compensation Claims

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This week I found myself in the unusual position of agreeing with a representative of the police’s union, the Police Federation. They represent the interests of police constables, sergeants, and inspectors up to, and including, the rank of Chief Inspector. As a solicitor who specialises in civil actions against the police,… Read more »

With Police Spit Hood Trial Expansion, Democracy Dies in Darkness

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I was disappointed to read that the Metropolitan Police has expanded its police spit hood trial to include all custody suites across London. Spit hoods, or, as “The Met” likes to call them, “spit guards”, are made of nylon mesh with a plastic reinforced panel at the front. They are placed… Read more »

3 Urgent Changes Needed After Police Counter-Terrorism Raid

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A while ago I asked if Cressida Dick, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, would uphold Sir Robert Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing. The Peel Principles underpin the police’s Code of Ethics, which include the requirement to “be diligent in the exercise of my duties and responsibilities” (Standard 6). After the recent… Read more »